The current Type-991 Porsche 911 is nearly four years old now, meaning it’s high time we saw a mid-generational update. And indeed, for the 2016 model year, the Porsche 911 model range is expected to receive some facelifted styling, new powertrains, and various other small changes. Most notably, engines for the 991.5 in nearly all its guises are expected to take the form of downsized, turbocharged flat-sixes.
However, recently spied and photographed at the famous Nürburgring race track was one model in the range which will almost certainly buck the new trend: a brand new Porsche 911 GT car, possibly wearing the moniker “GT5.”
Autoblog has the gallery of spy shots, and that website notes the presence of both a roll cage, and thin, leather-wrapped sport seats in this prototype. Both of these inclusions point toward a new Porsche 911 GT car, and one which splits the difference between dedicated track star and comfortable road car. Whether that necessarily means the spied Porsche 911 GT will wear the “GT5” badge is uncertain, but as we’ve reported, Porsche filed a trademark application for the alphanumeric late last year.
Beside the roll cage and sporty buckets, the Porsche 911 GT5 allegedly shown has a Cayman GT4-esque front fascia, tweaked headlights, and a revised rear bumper. However, assuming this car is indeed a Porsche 911 GT team model, we’ve no idea which of these changes might trickle down to the rest of the range.