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."

  • Dave M. The Outback alternates between decent design and goofy design every generation. 2005 was attractive, 2010 goofy. 2015 decent. 2020 good, but the ‘23 refresh hideous.Looking forward to the Outback hybrid in ‘26…..
  • Lorenzo Subaru had the ideal wagon - in 1995. The Legacy Outback was a straight two-box design with rear quarter and back windows you could see out of, and was available in brown with a 5-speed manual, as God and TTAC commenters intended. It's nice they're not raising prices, but when you've lost the plot, does it matter?
  • Bkojote Remember a month a go when Cleveland wanted to create a more walkable Cleveland and TTAC's 'BIG GOVERNMENT IS THE PROBLEM' dumbest and dullest all collectively crapped their diapers? Here's the thing- look on any American highway and it's littered with people who don't /want/ to be driving or shouldn't be. Look at every Becky on her phone during the morning commute in her Tucson, look at every Brad aggro driving his 84 month loan GMC. Hell look how many drivers nowadays can't even operate a headlight switch. You expect these people to understand a stoplight? In my neighborhood alone 4 people have been rear ended at lights from someone on their phone. Distracted driving over the past 10 years has spiked, and it's only going to get worse unless Becky has an alternative, because no judge is going to pull her license when 'she needs it to get to work!' but heaven forbid she not check fb/tiktok for 40 minutes a day.
  • Scott Shouldn't the The Italian Minister for Business be criticizing The Milano for being too ugly to be Italian?Better use of resources doing that....
  • Steve Biro Frankly, while I can do without Eyesight and automatic start-stop, there is generally less B-S with Subarus in terms of design, utility and off-road chops than with many other brands. I just hope that when they adopt Toyota’s hybrid system, they’ll also use Toyota’s eCVT.