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The refreshed 2016 Porsche 911 range, dubbed ‘991.2’ by Stuttgart, has been given an early preview this week through official new photos.

But, while these photos were distributed directly by Porsche, you won’t see much more here than CarAdvice’s own spy photos revealed back in May when the updated 911 was caught testing at the Nurburgring.

It is clear however that the 2016 911 will wear a lightly revised look at both ends, with masking in place on these prototypes to obscure the finer details.

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Subtly refreshed headlight and LED daytime light components can’t be seen however, and a new rear bumper also exposes a new exhaust design with the tips mounted more closely together.

These shots also reveal a new 918-inspired steering wheel which also adds a driving mode selector with four options. Expect Porsche’s new-generation Communication Management infotainment system to also appear, making the leap from the revised Cayenne range.

This update is expected to be less about styling and more about mechanical changes, however, with new reports out of Europe again pointing to a new turbocharging strategy across most of the 911 line-up.

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According to the UK’s Auto Express, an unnamed Porsche spokesperson has again confirmed earlier reports that the range’s 3.4 and 3.8 litre engines will be dropped in favour of smaller turbocharged units in most models, with only the hero GT3 to continue with a larger naturally-aspirated mill.

Efficiency and emissions are the driving factors behind the downsizing, but Porsche is also expected to dial up the power outputs in its new engines by between 15kW to 22kW beyond the units they’ll replace.

That will mean figures close to 280kW for entry-end models, and greater than 325kW for the likes of the Carrera GTS.

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The updated 911 range is expected to debut in September at the Frankfurt motor show, with an Australian market launch set for early 2016.




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