Is Porsche Doing Enough To Make Its Fattest 911 Look Faster?

Spy Shots

The 911 Targa GTS is getting ready to reveal its facelift.

If you’re not a Porsche aficionado it can be tough to keep up with all the 911 variants on offer. As such you may also have a hard time getting excited over refreshed models you didn’t know existed, like the Targa GTS. Should you be the person we just described then these spy shots of the new 911 (or 991.2) Targa GTS may not tickle your fancy. It’s a Porsche thing. You wouldn’t understand. Our spy photogs caught the car, known for its quirky folding roof, during a round of hot weather testing in the south of Spain.

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There’s not much camo here, which is the good news. However, the bad news is that there doesn’t appear to be much done to the new 911 Targa GTS that differentiates it from the one currently on offer, at least from the outside. This makes sense as this is technically a refresh and not a complete overhaul. What we can see is a new all-black rollover bar and a front bumper that looks to be designed a bit more for performance, although our spies say this likely won’t come standard but as part of an optional aero package. At the rear the quad exhaust has been replaced by a dual exhaust that is centrally mounted. Of course the biggest change will be under the hood. You know what we mean.

Like the rest of the 911 lineup the Targa GTS will ditch its naturally aspirated 3.8-liter flat-six for a 3.0-liter twin-turbo flat-six. For some that means nothing but doom and gloom but for the Targa models specifically it may be a blessing. They are the heaviest 911s around and could use all the extra power possible, especially if this refreshed model doesn’t end up losing all that much weight. Since the 911 Targa GTS seen here is practically naked a debut at either the upcoming Paris Motor Show or this fall’s LA Auto Show seems likely. The Targa GTS currently on offer debuted at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show so we wouldn't be shocked if Porsche pumped the brakes just a bit before releasing this new version for sale, if only to clear out its old dealer stock.