Although the updated Porsche 911 family won't have its formal coming out party until the Frankfurt Auto Show in September, the factory has released images of lightly disguised prototypes of the updated 911 Carrera and Carrera S Coupe and Cabriolet on a group test in Cape Town, South Africa. Heading to showrooms in Europe later this year, the redone 911 Carrera line goes on sale in America next year as 2017 models.

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A close look reveals the 911 Carrera set gets modified head and taillamps, recast LED running lights and edgier fascias that featuring revamped outboard intakes up front and modified grilles on their engine covers along with more closely centered dual exhaust outlets. Modifications to the 911 Carrera's refreshed cabin include a new 918-style steering wheel with a 4-position driving mode selector switch and what appears to be an upgraded infotainment system that includes a larger touchscreen.

Turbo power comes to the Carrera

The most significant changes to the new 911 Carrera and Carrera S are unseen -- although far from unexpected. As has long been rumored, German magazine Auto Motor und Sport is reporting these upgraded 911's will be fitted with new 3.0-liter turbocharged flat-6 engines that are more potent than the current 3.4-liter and 3.8-liter naturally aspirated units. Output is estimated around 365 and 415 horsepower, respectively, compared to the current 350/400 horsepower and these new force-fed sixes also are expected to deliver better fuel economy numbers. Other rumored trick tech touches include optional 4-wheel steering and a selection of new driver-assists.

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