This will be remembered as a big year for the relatively small German automaker, with annual sales of roughly 200,000 cars and SUVs. An aggressively revised Boxster (pictured above), Cayman and 911 are joined by an all-new Panamera, while the Cayenne continues to sell well and the more recent and smaller Macan is selling like gangbusters.

718 BOXSTER/CAYMAN: All-new powertrains are the significant differentiator between '16 and '17. Gone are the normally aspirated six-cylinder Porsche powerplants, and in their place are two new turbocharged fours in 2.0-liter (Boxster/Cayman) and 2.5-liter (Boxster S/Cayman S) form. Beyond the drivetrains it's tweaked sheetmetal and improved handling for the droptop Boxster and Cayman coupe derivatives.

911: Like its smaller Boxster/Cayman sibling, the newest 911 Carrera and Carrera S forgo normally aspirated powertrains for the benefits of turbocharging. Unlike the Boxster and Cayman, they retain their six-cylinder configurations; with 3.0 liters of displacement the Carrera delivers 370 horsepower, while the higher spec Carrera S provides 420 hp. Beyond the power, Porsche Active Suspension Management is standard across the lineup, and the Porsche Communication Management infotainment system is enhanced.

PANAMERA: An all-new Panamera is introduced for 2017. Changes include two new engines (a 2.9 liter twin-turbo V6 for the Panamera S and 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 for the Turbo), in combination with an all-new chassis, sheetmetal and interior.

CAYENNE: Porsche's first SUV received two significant updates for '17: An upgrade to the latest generation of Porsche Communication Management (PCM) infotainment/navigation system, first introduced in 2017 911 models, is installed in Porsche's largest crossover. And a Platinum Edition and Cayenne S E-Hybrid Platinum Edition are added to the lineup; both will help sustain Porsche as the world's most profitable automaker.

MACAN: The newest entry in Porsche's compact crossover lineup is the base Macan, boasting the only four cylinder in the Macan family as a complement to the other models, which have turbocharged V6s in various states of displacement and tune. The turbo four delivers 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, propelling the Macan from 0-60 in 6.3 seconds. It also boasts a 200-pound weight advantage over the Macan S, and is some $5,000 less expensive.

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