2020 Porsche 911 Turbo Leaked?

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky

With the eighth-generation Porsche 911 having made its debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, we anticipated waiting months for the automaker to start rolling the high-horsepower variants. Up until now, we’ve seen the Carrara S, 4S, and their convertible counterparts. But we didn’t expect to see the 992 Turbo until the fall.

However, it appears that one Porsche enthusiast managed snag a candid photograph of the Turbo without the manufacturer’s knowledge, spreading the image all over the internet.

While this could be an elaborate hoax, there aren’t any obvious artifacts in the image to indicate Photoshop played a significant role here. The car also closely matches spy shots of gently disguised test vehicles. The tailpipes, reflectors, spoiler, and overall shape all hold up under close scrutiny. Motor Trend, which seems to the first media outlet to share the image, also noted that the car closely resembles prototype Turbo S models recently seen testing on the Nürburgring — with some minor differences in spoiler size.

Beyond some brief digital glory, there also doesn’t appear to be much reason for the photographer to fake this. As a clearly devout Porsche fan, we imagine the community wouldn’t be very forgiving of this kind of trickery. That’s about as tepid an endorsement for realness as you can get. But it’s always wise to remain cautious; fake versions of upcoming models are too common not to be.

Assuming it is the new 911 Turbo, which looks to be the case, that upscaled spoiler should be adaptive and come on hidden risers. It’ll also have the company’s new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and an updated version of the 3.8-liter six-cylinder found in the current Porsche Turbo. Output is rumored to be well in excess of that model’s 540 hp, but we’ll wait on Porsche for confirmation.

The manufacturer hasn’t said word one about the vehicle’s debut, though there’s still a chance the 992 Turbo could appear in Geneva next month. Otherwise, expect to see the new Porsche officially break cover in Frankfurt next September.

[Image: Todd Schleicher/ Instagram]

Matt Posky
Matt Posky

A staunch consumer advocate tracking industry trends and regulation. Before joining TTAC, Matt spent a decade working for marketing and research firms based in NYC. Clients included several of the world’s largest automakers, global tire brands, and aftermarket part suppliers. Dissatisfied with the corporate world and resentful of having to wear suits everyday, he pivoted to writing about cars. Since then, that man has become an ardent supporter of the right-to-repair movement, been interviewed on the auto industry by national radio broadcasts, driven more rental cars than anyone ever should, participated in amateur rallying events, and received the requisite minimum training as sanctioned by the SCCA. Handy with a wrench, Matt grew up surrounded by Detroit auto workers and managed to get a pizza delivery job before he was legally eligible. He later found himself driving box trucks through Manhattan, guaranteeing future sympathy for actual truckers. He continues to conduct research pertaining to the automotive sector as an independent contractor and has since moved back to his native Michigan, closer to where the cars are born. A contrarian, Matt claims to prefer understeer — stating that front and all-wheel drive vehicles cater best to his driving style.

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  • Jatz Jatz on Feb 23, 2019

    "2020 Porsche 911 Turbo Leaked?" Should be easy to tell with those orange floor inserts.

  • Stumpaster Stumpaster on Feb 25, 2019

    What was that movie that had the phrase "English, mother#$@#r, do you speak it?" "As a clearly devout Porsche fan, we imagine the community wouldn’t be very forgiving of this kind of trickery. That’s about as tepid an endorsement for realness as you can get. But it’s always wise to remain cautious; fake versions of upcoming models are too common not to be."

  • FreedMike Cool. Keep 'em coming.
  • Jalop1991 Proof that people are stupid. "Hey, here's a $7500 point of sale discount! EVERYONE gets it! See? So the number we show you on the sale order is $7500 less than it would have been otherwise!" but we all know that $7500 was already added onto the price up front to start with.Because people are stupid.I hear plenty of people talk about "I wouldn't pay MSRP for a car under any circumstances. I have to have a discount." Ummmm....OK. Here's the new MSRP. Here's your discount. "That's better!" The same guy would turn down a brand new Corolla for $3000 if that were the MSRP.We all know these cars are overpriced at least $7500. This whole thing is a handout to the auto companies, using morons as the intermediaries.
  • Jkross22 Fugly. I don't care how good it drives or how fast it is.
  • Kwik_Shift_Pro4X Making it even more unaffordable and less desired. See what happens.
  • MaintenanceCosts Has the EU indicated the basis for treating different OEMs differently?
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