Is that new front bumper an improvement or a step in the wrong direction?
Our spy photographers have donned their mittens and braved the icy cold of northern Europe to bring you the latest sightings of the facelifted Porsche 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera Cabriolet, providing a clearer look at the production bumpers and lighting elements; earlier test cars wore unsightly bumpers with temporary lighting elements.
The new front bumper flows less than the current 992 design, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. With separated side intakes, the new bumper looks more aggressive, although we're not yet convinced that those vanes are attractive. Regardless of how you feel about the way these look, they're sure to be functional. We expect these will provide a similar benefit to the active aero flaps on forthcoming Macan models.
At the rear of both the coupe and convertible, the 911 flaunts a new bumper with exhaust outlets in the center of the diffuser, but what we're more interested in is the full-width LED light bar. At each extremity, we can see that Porsche has added some tape to hide what must be a new design flourish. Perhaps the angle of the light edges will be inverted; perhaps the top and bottom sections of the rear lighting system will now be separated. Either way, Porsche is sticking with its tradition of subtle styling changes rather than drastic overhauls to the design.
As for the headlights, these will retain their prior shape, but the daytime running lights and indicator elements will be refreshed slightly. LED and HD Matrix LED options will be available again, but it's difficult to say which is which in these images.
Also evident on some of these test vehicles is a yellow decal indicating a hybrid powertrain. Sadly, the details of the engine options coming to the new 911 remain undisclosed. However, the rumors of a naturally aspirated option (beyond the GT3 and GT3 RS) continue to swirl. Fingers crossed that these rumors are grounded in reality and not fantasy.
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