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2020 Porsche Model Year Changes
  
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Updated 8/30/2019: Porsche Macan Turbo.

Updated 10/20/2019: Added Taycan.

718 Boxster

2020 Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder

The six is back! Porsche aficionados cried their eyes out in 2016 when it was announced that the Boxster was giving up its flat-6 engine for a flat-4 turbo. Now the special edition 718 Boxster Spyder brings it back. The highest performance iteration, the new 4.0-liter flat-6 will produce 414 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque. No turbos required. The engine, with its 8000-RPM redline will most likely by literal music to the ears of enthusiasts, especially since the only transmission will be a six-speed manual. The Spyder includes an electronically adjustable suspension, a lowered ride height and manual adjustment of camber, toe-in, ride height and anti-roll bar stiffness. Fifteen-inch brake rotors front and rear are taken from the 911 GT3. Ceramic composite rotors are optional.

718 Cayman

2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4

A new top-performance iteration, the GT4 gets a six-cylinder, for the first time in the Cayman since 2017 when the sixes in the Boxster and Cayman were replaced with turbocharged fours. The 718 Cayman GT4 gets a 4.0-liter flat 6-cylinder with 414 horsepower, or a little less than 50 more than the GTS' 2.5-liter 4-cylinder. With power matching the Boxster (previous top-level Caymans have had an advantage over the Boxster), all the other performance goodies are held in common with the Spyder: brakes, tires, transmission and suspension.

911

2020 Porsche 911 Carerra 4S

As usual, the new 911 doesn't radically change as much as it progresses. The base model and S come first, as usual, with higher variants to appear from time to time until the very end (see Car Chat 19 NY Auto Show). 

The base engine is up 9 horsepower to 379 (progress). Torque stay at 331 pound-feet. 911 S models are up 23 horsepower, to 443 and 22 pound-feet of torque for a total of 390 pound-feet at only 2300 RPM. The automatic transmission gains a gear, for eight forward speeds.

Frontal collision warning, emergency automatic braking, a multifunction steering wheel, auto dimming interior and exterior mirrors are all now standard.

Lane Keep Assist is new to the 911 and in the same package as Adaptive Cruise Control. Surround View is a new option, a pretty important one to help keep from scraping those expensive wheels. Night Vision is also now offered, a passive infrared system that helps detect animals, cars and people late at night in low light conditions.

In addition to GTS, Turbo, GT2, and GT3 models, a manual transmission and all-wheel drive on base models is missing, but expected to show up later. Right now you can get a base model in coupe or cabriolet, a coupe or cabriolet 911 S, or a coupe or cabriolet 4S (all-wheel drive), all with an 8-speed automatic.

Cayenne

A new top of the range: Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid combines the 4.0-liter turbo V8 with an electric motor and a plug-in lithium-ion hybrid system for a combined 670 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque. All-electric range (for sneaking up on enemies) is expected to be about 30 miles. Compared to the regular Cayenne Turbo, zero-to-60 MPH drops by 1/10th according to Porsche.

Cayenne Coupé

2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe courtesy Porsche

The original Porsche sport utility will now be offered in... okay. What the fudgesicles in Arizona is funking going on here~! Now, wait, come one, this can't be right. Five doors. Sport utility. FLIP! Crap on a cracker! They're calling this damp thing a coupe! Stop it. My cat is closer to being a coupe than any of these five-door "coupe" 

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(Our illustrious writer has been sent on sabbatical. This article shall now continue, written by his assistant. - Edi)

 

In a trend first started by the BMW X6, a coupe version of the Cayenne is coming for the 2020 model year. With a sloped roof comes sportier looks, but also reduced rear headroom and less room for groceries or luggage. Exterior dimensions are the same as the standard Cayenne, except overall length, which is half-an-inch longer, and height, which is almost an inch shorter. Inexplicably, the "Coupé" weighs about 80 pounds more than the standard model.

Compared to the standard Cayenne, cargo capacity is down by five cubic feet; six with the rear seats folded. Rear seating is down to two passengers; order the no-charge "rear comfort seats" package and the third seatbelt reappears.

Sporting base 335-horsepower, S Coupe 434-horsepower and Turbo Coupe 541-horsepower models; the Cayenne Coupe also offers the hybrid powertrain from the Cayenne E-Hybrid with 455 total system horsepower and the Turbo S E-Hybrid with 670.

The rear wiper on the standard Cayenne is deleted on Cayenne Coupé. In its place an automatically deploying lower rear spoiler helps with downforce and aerodynamics at higher speeds.

Macan

2020 Porsche Macan Turbo courtesy porsche press

The Porsche Macan Turbo joins the more mundane base and S models, sporting a more powerful, though smaller 2.9-liter turbo V6 with 434 horsepower. Porsche estimates put its performance equal to a 718 Cayman GTS at 4.1 seconds zero-to-60 MPH. Larger brakes (15.4 inches front/14 inches rear) and now, optional full ceramic brakes (15.6"/14.6") raise the performance bar higher. The standard brakes are Porsche's new surface coated rotors, with a thin layer of tungsten improving longevity and reducing brake dust. Top speed is given as 167 MPH.

The Turbo gets its own front face, with larger, more aggressive air intakes. Side mirrors are body colored. LED light strips above the side air intakes act as fog lights.

All models now offer optional Qi-compatible wireless phone charging for phones with the feature.

Panamera

2020 Porsche Panamera

No changes.

Taycan

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S reveal in Canada courtesy Porsche USA Press

The closest thing to a turbo on this whole car is possibly the blower motor for the air-conditioning. However, "Turbo" and "Turbo S" are two of the trim levels on the upcoming, full electric Porsche Taycan, in dealerships soon as a 2020 model. From Taycan 4S, with 429 horsepower (522 peak under "overboost") all the way to the Turbo S, with 750 horsepower, the Taycan stares directly in the face of the Tesla Model S.

Massive brakes, with rotors up to 16.5 inches in diameter, offer steel rotors or (on the largest) carbon ceramic composites. Of course, brake-regeneration with capture back into the battery will help put the momentum of a car with a top speed of 161 MPH back to use. In fact, the Taycan can brake at .39 G's solely using regeneration; that's quicker than most people brake except in an emergency or while racing.

A sophisticated double-wishbone front suspension in front and a multi-link in rear come with standard air springs, springs that can raise or lower the height of the Taycan to improve aerodynamics. Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control is optional, and raises the bar (or tightens the sway bars that is) to counteract body lean actively, along with the unnaturally low center of gravity from all those battery cells in the floor. The rear spoiler moves automatically and a channel in the headlight recesses drives air over the front wheel housings. Additionally, shutters can open to guide more air to cool the brakes and cool the motors and batteries, or close to lessen drag.

In case anyone (yawm) is interested, frontal collision warning with automatic braking, lane departure warning, front and rear parking sensors, rear parking camera, frontal airbags, side impact airbags (front and rear seats), knee airbags for driver and front passenger and curtain airbags for both seating rows are standard. Blind spot warning and a 360-degree camera are optional. Heated front seats are standard; heated rear seats and front ventilated seats and adaptive cruise control are optional.

 
 

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