It's been widely rumoured that the non-GT models in the 2016 Porsche 911 lineup will be powered exclusively by a new turbocharged boxer engine, and now the first details are beginning to leak out.
According to Auto Bild, the upcoming facelift and upgrade for the Porsche 911 range will see the iconic sports car powered by a new 3.0-litre turbocharged flat-six engine in the base Carrera and step-up Carrera S models.
For the revised Carrera, the 3.0-litre turbo engine will reportedly develop around 272kW of power, an increase of 15kW over the current car's 3.4-litre naturally aspirated six-cylinder boxer engine.
In the Carrera S, the 3.0-litre turbo is said to generate around 309kW; the present car which is motivated by a naturally aspirated 294kW 3.8-litre flat-six.
Torque is expected to rise from 390Nm and 440Nm in the Carrera and Carrera S, respectively, to about 500Nm.
As far as performance figures go, the Carrera should have a 0-100km/h time of 4.3 seconds, while the Carrera S is said to be able to complete the same run in four seconds flat. Manual cars are expected to be around 0.2 seconds slower.
The Carrera and Carrera S are expected to yield fuel economy ratings of under 7.5L/100km, which is an improvement of around 1.2L/100km under the EU testing scheme.
The German magazine has spent some time in the passenger seat of one of the development prototypes, and reports that the new engine is redlined at 7500rpm.
Other new features coming to the updated Carrera include an infotainment system with multi-touch input and handwriting recognition, optional ceramic brakes and a new hydraulic lift feature for the front axle, which raises the car by 50mm, helping it to avoid scraping the front spoiler.
Visually, the updated 911 will sport modified head- and tail-lights, as well as refreshed front and rear fascias.