Porsche stuffs more neddies in Panamera, Cayman and 911

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Porsche Speedster Concept.
Porsche Speedster Concept.

VIN numbers are a way of identifying a model and much more than just a way to track a vehicle. Look upon VIN as a ‘secret’ code.

The news comes from VIN data submitted by Porsche to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the US.

The three new models are expected within the next year, and are the Panamera GTS, 718 Cayman T and the 911 Speedster.

The first of the upcoming new model Porsches is the Panamera GTS, available in both lift-back and ‘Sport Turismo’ wagon body styles. US vehicle information number data confirms that the model exists, suggesting it will retain a development of the 2.9 liter twin-turbo V6 used by the Panamera 4S, which has 324 kW of power and 550 Nm of torque. However, the GTS will get a performance increase to around 340 kW and 570 Nm.

The next Porsche detailed by the US VIN information is a 718 Cayman T set to sit between the Cayman and Cayman S. Porsche recently applied the ‘T’ category to produce the 911 Carrera T, a lightweight enthusiast-focused model that is 20 kg lighter than the weight of the entry-level Carrera – the smaller Cayman will undergo similar treatment. The T’s weight listed in the guide is identical to that of the current Cayman – however, this is thought to be due to the extra weight of the additional performance kit it is likely to gain. It will use a development of the 2.0 liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine as the base Cayman, which produces 221 kW of power and 380 Nm of torque.

The VIN decoder guide confirms the existence of the 911 Speedster, an open-top version of the track-days 911 GT3. It is heavily inspired by the 911 Speedster Concept revealed at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, meaning it will use a 4.0 liter naturally aspirated flat-six engine expected to produce 368 kW of power and 460 Nm of torque through a six-speed manual transmission.

The new models are expected to be launched in the US for the 2019 model year.