While Porsche's designers can jokingly be accused of being some of the laziest in the industry due to the incremental changes to the 911's iconic design, no such charge can be leveled against the engineers and product planning folks. That's because it seems like each week arrives with news of a new variation of the marque's iconic rear-engined sports car. So, for this week, we've brought you images of what we think is the new 911 GTS Cabriolet, undergoing testing in a thawing winter wonderland.

Now, what is it that gives this 911 away, compared to standard convertible? Well, the big thing is the new offset, center-mounted exhausts. Borrowing a page from the last Volkswagen R32, these exhaust tips are unlike anything we've seen from Porsche. Only the GT3 wears center pipes, and unlike these spy photos, the twin pipes on the track-minded 911 are stacked neatly alongside each other. The other change spotted by our spies is the set of active-aerodynamic flaps in the front bumper, which can automatically channel air toward the brakes for increased cooling, or close off to reduce drag, as needed.

Those exhausts are a pretty big design detail, and so far as we can tell is the only differentiator between the other 911s in this car's posse. Our spies speculate that this could be a 911 Speedster, but point out that both the canvas roof and windshield remain unchanged - the rumored Speedster model would almost certainly feature a different roof assembly along with a steeply raked windshield.

Further confusing things in this case are the presence of 911 Turbo-style fender vents. They can't clearly be made out on the 911 above, but are quite easy to spot on the 911s in the background. Couple that with the two pairs of slats in the rear fascia, which are present on these cars as well as in previous spy shots, and it becomes very, very difficult to figure out what Porsche is up to. GTS, perhaps?

Whatever this car is, we'll be keeping an eye out for more information on it. Until then, what do you think Porsche has planned? Let us know in Comments.


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      Porsche4life
      • 9 Months Ago
      Man that looks so sexy. No one can pull this off other that Porsche. Always manage to make the 911 more and more attractive :*
      Nicholas
      • 9 Months Ago
      Just in case no one noticed, the car focused on in the photos is different than the other Porsche in that the side ports do not in fact exist, and the exhaust is not a centre exit on the far Porsche.
        Sparrow
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Nicholas
        I agree with you, I also think it looks like it could be a smaller engine version. Those exhaust look like they're intended for a smaller engine, more fuel efficient possibly.
      flc
      • 9 Months Ago
      A convertible 911 is is just plain wrong in so many ways.. Almost as bad as a FWD BMW.....
        Porsche4life
        • 9 Months Ago
        @flc
        Don't forget there will be a coupe too. You know you don't have to buy one.
          juststudent
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Porsche4life
          modern 911 is basically very capable GT except for GT2/3, so convertible is very justifiable.
          flc
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Porsche4life
          If you want a convertible, get a Boxster... A 911/s is meant for track application. Getting a 911 convertible makes no sense with the added weight and lack of roof. It's basically a statement "I have money. I have a fast car ( not as fast as a regular coupe), but I don't drive it seriously on the track".... What next? A GT3 convertible?
          sparrk
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Porsche4life
          The 918 is a convertible too.
          Cayman
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Porsche4life
          The 911 "is meant for track application"??? Since when? And please explain why someone would need those 2 backseats if it was only meant for track application.
        wsbfan
        • 9 Months Ago
        @flc
        I agree. I love 911s, but the cabriolet ranks only slightly above the 1989 Dodge Dakota convertible...and don't get me started on convertible Gallardos.
      nicroprod
      • 9 Months Ago
      This is clearly not a Porsche, as it is not on fire. (J\K)
        Aussie Aspie
        • 7 Months Ago
        @nicroprod
        Your logic doesn't follow... as you are clearly not a bowel, and yet you are still completely full of ****
        Aussie Aspie
        • 7 Months Ago
        @nicroprod
        Your logic doesn't follow... as you are clearly not a bowel, and yet you are still full of ****
      Tony Akinremi
      • 9 Months Ago
      Could it be a mild Hybrid? Something looks off about the engine cover.
      wsbfan
      • 9 Months Ago
      I think it's a test mule for the new twin turbo flat 4.
      juanmj93
      • 9 Months Ago
      What if it is the 911 Grand Coupe? Oops, wrong German manufacturer
      _I_I_II_I_I_
      • 9 Months Ago
      whatever it is, I want one
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