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Surprise! Leak reveals plethora of new Porsches


A leaked Porsche presentation reveals the German performance brand isn't completely giving up on manual transmissions.

Porsche might want to look into hiring Richard Nixon’s plumbers.

Slides from what was reportedly a Porsche dealer meeting in Atlanta were leaked to and they reveal every new Porsche due out over the next nine months.

Porsche will apparently continue the expansion of the 911 lineup with a new Targa and Targa S. Unlike the last two versions, which had sliding glass roofs, the 991-based Targa will have a removable center roof panel and fixed rear hatch, just like Targas of old.

Unlike those older cars, the new Targa will also have a “fully automatic roof system,” eliminating the need to manually remove the roof panel. Mechanically, the car will be based on the hardtop Carrera and Carrera S. It’s expected to debut at the 2014 Detroit auto show.

One of the most controversial upcoming Porsches is the Macan compact crossover. We were already expecting it at the 2013 Los Angeles auto show, but a few important details have surfaced with this leak.

The Macan will reportedly come with two engine options: a 3.0-liter turbo in the Macan S and a 3.6-liter in the redundantly-named Macan Turbo. They will probably both be V6s, although the presentation sent to Jalopnik didn’t explicitly say that. Both cars will come with Porsche’s PDK double-clutch automatic transmission.

The Macan S will start at $52,000, and the Macan Turbo will start at $75,000. Porsche may also add a base model at a later date, as it did with the Cayenne.

Wrapping up the Porsche model blitz are the Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS.

These will be more driver-focused versions of Porsche’s entry level sports cars. They’ll each get 15 more horsepower and – joy of joys – manual transmissions as standard equipment (PDK will be optional). They’ll also get Porsche’s PASM stability control, and some subtle exterior and interior changes.

Both cars will be unveiled at the Beijing auto show, and will hit showrooms in mid-2014 with a base price of about $75,000 each.

2014 is shaping up to be an exciting year for Porsche fans.

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