It’s a sad truth of the world, but there’s always somebody out there who knows more than you do. We try to stay up-to-date on the latest leaks and news reports from all our favorite car companies, but in spite of our best efforts, there will always be thousands of people—from executive to dealership employees. But every now and again, one of those folks who knows a lot decides to go rogue and spill what they’ve learned.
Case in point: someone at a Porsche future product presentation for dealers recently decided he (or she) would surreptitiously snap some pics of what he/she saw and leak them to the gang over at Jalopnik,
presumably for some four-figure sum of money purely out of love for the Porschephile community. Here are the big hits this Snowden of the Porsche set revealed:
Macan: The Porsche Macan SUV—you know, the one that’s smaller than the Cayenne—will be revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show this November. It will initially reach production with two turbocharged V6s: The “base” (for now) Macan S will use the 3.0 liter twin-turbo from the Panamera, while the Macan Turbo will use a 3.6 liter twin-turbo V6—an interesting choice, because Porsche doesn’t currently offer such an engine. The twin-turbo 3.0L makes 420 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque in the Panamera S; Porsche will probably knock that down a little for Macan S duty, which means the Macan Turbo will probably make around 450 horses and 400 lb-ft. (Any more, and it risks outperforming the Cayenne Turbo.)
Cayman/Boxster: The affordable mid-engine Porsche twins will be receiving GTS versions in 2014, which, traditionally, correlates to a higher-output naturally-aspirated engine and some styling tweaks. According to the leaker, the Cayman GTS and Boxster GTS should receive about 15 more horsepower over the S versions, standard manual transmissions (with optional PDK), standard PASM, 20-inch wheels, SportDesign front and rear ends, and upgraded interiors. They’re expected to debut at the Beijing Auto Show in April; price should be right around $75,000.
911: With the 911 GT3 and the 911 Turbo—in coupe, cabrio, S coupe and S cabrio forms—on the streets, Porsche’s traditional 911 model plan says it’s around time for the 911 Targa—and indeed, the leak says that car will drop soon as well. The 991-gen Targas will countine to come only in four-wheel-drive form, in Targa and Targa S trim. The big news will be the trick roof; for the first time in a few generations, the 911 Targa will have an actual targa top, not just just a giant sunroof. There’ll likely be some trickery involved in stowing it, though, because while it looks like the sort of thing that should be popped out and stowed by hand (a la the Corvette), the leaked slide says the car will offer a “fully automatic roof system.” We look forward to learning how it’ll work at the Detroit Auto Show this January, where it’ll debut. Price: the low 100K range. [via Jalopnik]