If we learned nothing else from our recent frolic through Porsche's secret museum, it's that the automaker goes to incredible lengths to disguise future products during initial testing. Just as a number of cars in that Stuttgart bunker hid the true identity of developmental mules (like the Audi-V8-powered 911), such could very well be the case with these spy shots showing what, on the surface, appears to be simply a facelifted 991 911 Cabriolet.

Similar to what we saw last month on a 911 coupe, this Cabriolet has obvious styling modifications made to the front and rear fascias suggesting that the 911's still-fresh appearance is already set to get a few tweaks. The big news here is at the rear of the car. The additional vents on the lower edge of the fascia and the mocked-up vent above the engine leads our spy photographer to believe that a new engine could be tucked under the body work – likely a smaller-displacement, turbocharged flat-six focusing more on improving fuel efficiency and reducing exhaust emissions rather than performance.

We last heard rumblings of such a detuned 911 back in August, but could this be our first look at said new model? Have a look for yourself, and let us know what you think – either about this mule specifically or the idea of a "green" 911, in Comments below.


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      JeepinBen
      • 11 Months Ago
      Call it a 912, drop the power and price, help your emissions targets and sell more models without offending the purists or diluting the performance that they want. Isn't that a win-win?
      Mike McDonald
      • 11 Months Ago
      I predict a new Porsche 912 with a turbo flat 4 to take the place of the base carrera and carrera s in the future.
      Dan Murphy
      • 11 Months Ago
      I was suddenly caught behind a 911 Cabriolet whilst driving my V8 Vantage S on a Sunday afternoon and I realized (by the way the car was being driven) that the owners of this model Porsche as posers... Horsepower is wasted on them.
        mitytitywhitey
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Dan Murphy
        Horsepower should not be utilized to its fullest extent on the highway. Take it to the track Dan.
      ThinkAboutIt
      • 11 Months Ago
      The 991 just began production in 2012. BMWs M3, M4 and extensive use of current and future canon fiber must really have Porsche scared. Porsche' are way overpriced anyway. Just about every current 911 model is performance bested by the GTR for less coin. NO, the interior of the Porsche is not worth the extra cash over the GTR.
        superchan7
        • 11 Months Ago
        @ThinkAboutIt
        Wow, this is all over the place. Porsche isn't afraid of anyone; their cars are just slightly left of the mainstream. Everyone wants a BMW, and why are we talking about GT-Rs?
      sixspeedclutchhh
      • 11 Months Ago
      this engine would be sweet, as is every other engine porsche puts in the 911. this car is so bleeping good.
      Porsche4life
      • 11 Months Ago
      I love Porsche so much. The design still looks amazing as it did the first time it came around. 😘😘😘😘😘
      willdoyou84
      • 11 Months Ago
      You're using the term "refresh" ironically in an article about the Porsche 911, right?
      Jason
      • 11 Months Ago
      Incidentally, an article featuring the words "Porsche" and "turbo" has only 7 comments after nearly five hours since it was first posted. Is the internet broken or something?
      Jason
      • 11 Months Ago
      With the trend toward boosted downsized engines it is only a matter of time before a turbocharged 911 is offered alongside a 911 Turbo. If you look at Audi and BMW lineups it's easy to see where German OE are going: 100% turbocharged. The Macan as a first turbocharged 'standard model' Porsche makes sense, since there is no preceding model to upset preconceived notions.
        Miguro Takahashi
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Jason
        I doubt it especially with the 911, that would upend the whole hierarchy and also the reason why they don't offer a turbo version of either Boxster or Cayman (although GTS versions are in development). And there's talk about a regular Macan without the S or turbo trim that will use a naturally aspirated engine.
          Jason
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Miguro Takahashi
          It is inevitable. How else would Porsche meet the new EU regulations without downsize/boosting or hybrid tech on the base models? 911 buyers won't accept less power, and the new regs are not satisfied with existing naturally aspirated engine technology.
      Rob Gomes
      • 11 Months Ago
      Could just be a test mule. The Cabriolet (and Targa) present the most complex packaging options for the 911, so if you want to ensure that an engine operates properly (cooling, heat evacuation) in all conditions, those models are the best to test with.
      mitytitywhitey
      • 11 Months Ago
      I doubt that it will have both a turbocharged flat-6 and '300 hp and 211 lb-ft of torque' (from the linked article) and be tuned for efficiency. 300hp, 300tq, less than 3.0 liters displacement and better efficiency than the NA version maybe.
      Kalkbrener
      • 10 Months Ago
      Porsche 911 is amazing machine but Porsche Cayenne...I was on test driving at Lamborghini Palm Beach few weeks ago. The feeling is unforgettable!
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