If all Porsche 911s are turbocharged – what do you call the new 911 Turbo?

Published: 19 August 2015

 Facelifted 911 Turbo S spotted
 Completely free from camouflage
 New bumpers, light graphics

As you’re probably fed up of hearing by now, almost every Porsche 911 in the range will adopt downsized, turbocharged engines as part of the ‘991.2’ facelift by the end of 2015. 

Question is, where does that leave the top-dog 911 Turbo? Or more to the point, what should it be called? Sharp automotive satire website Sniff Petrol suggests the ‘911 Really Turbo’, but indications are that Porsche will stick with the plain old Turbo moniker. After all, it’s become an iconic title since the original type-930 911 Turbo burst onto the supercar scene in 1974 (in an unexpected lag-induced stab of oversteer, probably).

Still, nothing’s confirmed for definite just yet. Let us know your suggestions for the fastest 911 nameplate in the comments below.

So, these 911 Very Turbo spyshots then…

Taken this week at the Nurburgring, CAR magazine’s latest scoop images reveal the facelifted 911 Turbo (more specifically, the faster Turbo S model – says so on the new, bigger front splitter) testing without camouflage. They give us our first proper look at the new front and rear bumpers in all their not-massively-different glory.

As on lowlier 911 models, the front lights get a new lamp design and so do the rears, with a 3D effect a little like that seen on the Porsche Macan. There’s the same retro-style grille treatment on the engine cover too. We should also expect an interior brushup, with a new steering wheel and a few tweaks for the touchscreen multimedia system.

CAR understands the 911 Turbo will retain its current 3.8-litre engine for the facelift, with the power output swelling to 600bhp or thereabouts in the Turbo S. View CAR’s spyshots of the undisguised 991.2 Carrera here.

By James Taylor

CAR's deputy features editor, occasional racer