The venerable Porsche 911 sports car is due for an update, and our photographers caught a relatively undisguised 911 out testing with minor visual updates that belie possibly larger changes under the skin. The rumor is that the updated Porsche 911 will debut at the Los Angeles auto show later this year with a new 992 chassis code to replace the current 991 generation.
This debunks our previous speculation that the facelifted 911 would sport a 991.2 designation and strongly suggests that some more significant changes are in the works. These spy shots do show slightly revised styling like new grille openings up front and restyled taillights, but a new chassis code would mean more significant mechanical updates that could include new powertrains.
Previous reports suggest that the new Porsche 911 Turbo S model will use a plug-in hybrid powertrain with technology related to the Porsche 918 hybrid hypercar. Other possibilities for lesser 911 models, like the Carrera cabriolet spied in these photos, include Porsche’s new range of four-cylinder turbocharged engines, the largest of which is said to be a 2.5-liter boxer four turbocharged to make around 360 hp.
We would also expect some suspension retuning and various interior updates for the updated 992 Porsche 911. The 991 generation of the iconic sports car debuted for the 2011 model year. Porsche will also roll out a 911 GTS model, which we've spied before and should slot in above the 911 Carrera S with somewhere in the neighborhood of 425 hp from its six-cylinder boxer engine.
Stay tuned for more news about the updated Porsche 911 as we approach its expected debut in November at the Los Angeles auto show.