Porsche sold a record 57,202 cars in the United States in 2018 (up from 21,320 when the Cayenne was first launched in 2003). You can thank the steady growth in the Porsche’s model range for the growth in units sold. Today Porsche has the 718 Cayman, 718 Boxster, 911 (992), 911 (991.2), Panamera, Macan and Cayenne models. We count 64 unique models in 2019 and that is still growing. There is no better time to become a Porsche owner for the first time or to add to your Porsche collection as an existing buyer. For 2019 there are several updates to the model range. The Macan has been updated (mildly) while the Cayenne launched its third generation model in 2019, a bigger upgrade cycle for sure.
Perhaps the biggest updates to the 2019 model range is the introduction of the next generation Porsche 911 (known as the Type 992). Already on sale in the U.S (4 variants so far) we expect Porsche to trickle in press releases in the coming months as the model range grows and it announces the 992 versions of the Turbo, GTS, T cars as well as the GT cars and special editions (more likely in 2020). If you are shopping for a Porsche, we hope you find our guide to the current model lineup useful. As always we aim to update this often so check back.
The legend lives on. In the new 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman. For the sport of it. Exceptional sports cars that are perfect for the daily driving and spirited runs on weekends. Great balance, plenty of poke and pure driving enjoyment. What else could you want in a sports car.
2020 Porsche 718 Cayman Range
The latest addition to the 718 model range is the driver-focused Porsche 718 T models. The Cayman T has several cool dynamic options, simpler interior and unique styling touches. It is a back to basics model all about fun. Mechanically, it is based on the standard 718 (same 2 liter turbo flat-four). Speaking of the base Cayman, it is still a tasty proposition with its turbo 2.0-liter flat-four good for 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. If you want some extra poke then we recommend the 718 Cayman S with a larger turbo 2.5-liter flat-four good for 350 hp and 309 lb-ft of torque. At the top of the 718 Cayman range is the GTS model. It looks more aggressive and drives better than the T and S models and uses a tweaked version of the turbo 2.5-liter flat-four. The GTS is our pick.
There is no doubt that the flat-four turbo engine sucks compared to the flat-six that came before it when it comes to sound and character. However, there is also no doubt in terms of pure performance that the flat-four has definitely made the Boxster a better performance car. Both models have the same single turbo 2.5-liter flat-four as their Cayman siblings. Base model is good for 300 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque while the S is good for 350 hp and 309 lb-ft of torque. The new Boxster T is arguably the best of the bunch in terms of basic sports car thrills but for us the extra performance in the Boxster GTS is worth the upgrade.
The greatness continues. After 55 years Porsche shows that the 911 can still be improved. The work in progress continues with the latest version of the 911 (known as Type 992). The models will start to hit the showroom in late 2020 with four models initially for launch that will be quickly followed in the coming 12-18 months. It looks familiar, feels familiar, sounds familiar.
While everybody is excited about the new Porsche 911, you can still walk into a dealership today and buy the last of the 991.2 modelled Porsche 911 cars. There are some great cars available so we encourage you to read on, particularly if you are looking for a GT model car.
2020 Porsche 911 Model Range
The 991 platform was revised for the 2017 model year (called the 991.2). The updated 911 range introduced subtle new styling and options but is most notable for the move to an all new, smaller 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged flat-six engine powertrain. It gave the world’s best-selling sports car a significant boost in power as well as considerably lower fuel consumption. This is the first time standard models have turbocharged engines rather than naturally aspirated ones.
In the entry level space is a 370hp lump which powers the Carrera, Targa and Carrera 4 models. Power is upped in the Carrera S range (including Targa S and 4S models) with the GTS models getting 450hp. Next up is the GT3 with its fantastic 4 liter naturally aspirated unit at 500hp (the GT3 RS has 20hp more than the GT3). The 911 Turbo makes 540 horses, while the Turbo S cranks out 580 and the super rate Turbo S Exclusive creeps over 600 hp at 607hp. That same 3.8L twin turbo powers the GT2 RS which has a barely believable 690 hp. The most recent addition to the range is the limited edition Speedster, basically a GT3 with the cool Speedster body type.
The GTS range is essentially Porsche combining all of the best options and sticking them on a single model. You enjoy the extra power in GTS variants but they are not the fastest 911, nor are they Porsche’s the angriest or most challenging cars. The GTS range is loaded with performance goodies, including the standard Sport Chrono package, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), sport suspension, and sport exhaust. They also get more aggressive black trim and new rims. The GTS range are cars more for performance fans than for posers.
The original Porsche supercar. The “base” Turbo has an insane 540 hp twin turbo flat six (Turbo S gets 580 and limited Exclusive gets 607 hp). The Turbo has has a masterful 7-speed dual-clutch auto and all-wheel-drive traction. The 911 Turbo range rockets to 60 mph in less than three seconds. Take your pick of coupe or cabriolet, each being available in Turbo and Turbo S guise. The Turbo is more luxurious than the rest of the 911 range with comfy seats and posh interior. If the GT3 is all about track performance this is about everyday comfort and effortless performance. The executives Porsche.
These are the “race car for the road” variants. Each new generation of GT3/GT3 RS/GT2 RS gets a little more civilized but these aren’t everyday cars (people will tell you that you can daily drive a GT3 but that is a stupid idea). The GT3 has aggressive looks and a 500-hp 4.0-liter flat-six that revs to 9000-rpm. With rear wheel drive it has either a 7-speed dual-clutch or six-speed manual. No-cost Touring package loses the large wing for a subtler appearance. GT3 RS and GT2 RS have more grunt, less creature comforts, more money an seriously addictive additional racing performance.
The Porsche Panamera is an outstanding family car for the buyer who wants both luxury and performance. There is no lack of competition at this price point and yet it is Porsche that stands out. Overally, the Panamera is awesome to drive, it is relaxing and comfortable, has decent luggage space and an interior that feels luxurious and practical. The revised in 2018 Panamera body style is also a great looking car, much more stylish and modern than the frumpty original design. The only problem is that there are a bewildering number of different Panamera models currently for sale in 2020 (18 by our count). That is a lot of choices but we will try our best to summarize the options for you guys.
2020 Porsche Panamera Range
The base Panamera gets a turbo V6 with 330 hp and rear-wheel drive, while the Panamera 4 gets all-wheel drive. Moving up to the Panamera S and 4S means upgrading to a twin-turbo 2.9 liter V6 with 440-hp. Above that Porsche has the Panamera GTS range and that is when things get super fun. The GTS Panamera cars get a 4 liter twin-turbo V8 engine good for 453 hp. The Panamera range also has a number of hybrid powertrain options and shooting brake gran turismo body style. In fact it is the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid that sits on top of the Panamera performance heap with its 4 liter twin-turbocharged V8 and electric motor generating an absurd 677 hp and 626 lb-ft of torque.
With the incredibly engaging Macan, Porsche proves that a crossover can drive like a sports car. The Macan is quick, handles well and drives like a sports car (for real). Our pick is the Macan S mainly due to the performance upgrade over the base Macan and because it has the more characterful twin-turbo V6 engine (vs the turbo 4 cylinder engine).
2020 Porsche Macan Range
There are two Macan models for 2020, the base Macan and the Macan S. The base car comes with a 248 hp turbocharged four cylinder and the Macan S gets a turbocharged V6 making 348 horsepower. Every Macan is comes standard with a magnificent seven-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The 2020 Porsche Macan is updated for this year and features refreshed exterior styling that includes updated front and rear bumpers, new tail lamps that span the width of the liftgate, and new wheel designs. The GTS and Turbo models have yet to be revealed for 2020, but we expect Porsche will announce details pretty soon.
The third generation Porsche Cayenne is completely redesigned and restyled for 2019. It gets more powerful engines, the addition of a new and improved hybrid model. Overall, the Porsche Cayenne formula has stayed the same. It is a very impressive SUV with a high quality interior, lots of space, great build quality and awesome driving dynamics. The biggest news in Cayenne-land is the launch of the new Cayenne Coupe, a new model trying make the Cayenne sportier.
2019 Porsche Cayenne Model Range
From the outside it is hard to spot the styling differences between the updated Cayenne and the model before. It is longer, lower and wider than before and has fancier LEDs at the back as well as some other small tweaks you won’t notice.
Engines have been upgraded for 2019 and while they are smaller in displacement that are more powerful. You have four choices starting with a 3.0 liter turbo V6 with 335 hp, followed by a 2.9 liter twin-turbo V6 with 434 hp and a 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 with 542bhp. There is also a hybrid powertrain Cayenne that gets 456 hp. All models have the smooth shifting 8-speed auto and all-wheel drive.
Price from: $79,900 Engine: 3L Turbocharged V6 + Electric Power: 455 hp Torque: 516 lb-ft 0-60 mph: 4.7 seconds Top Speed: 157 mph
2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe Models
Recently Porsche unveiled the 2020 Cayenne Coupe range. Porsche Turned its full-size SUV into a “coupe”, the least surprising new product announcement ever. Mechanically, the Coupe range is identical to the regular Cayenne (not a bad thing). The Coupe does get standard 20 inch wheels and PASM as standard which is nice. The base Cayenne Coupe has a turbo V6 making 335 hp and and 332 lb-ft of torque. The Cayenne Coupe Turbo sits at the top of the range and gets the 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 making 541 hp and 567 lb-ft of torque.
The Porsche Taycan is the car company’s new production electric vehicle. It is designed to put everything that people know and love from the company into a new platform of car that’s powered entirely by electricity. It’s also the car that’s set to kick off Porsche’s leap in electrification.
The 2020 model year is the first year for the car, and the Turbo and Turbo S were the first ones to break cover. Shortly after, Porsche released a slightly detuned version of the Taycan in a trim level known as the Taycan 4s. The company will likely come up with even more versions of the car as the model progresses. The Taycan line will expand and change over time.