When Porsche released the initial Boxster in 1996 and the 1st Cayman in 2005, the concept was to produce an entry-level model for the German automaker’;s sports automobile assortment. The most recent iterations of the 2 closely related models, however, have begun to encroach dangerously on the 911’;s territory, notably in their newest GTS specifications. That could be about to change, however, with the introduction of a 4-cylinder engine for the compact mid-engined coupe and roadster.
In accordance to Automotive News, Porsche is finally preparing to launch a new boxer 4 engine in the Boxster and Cayman, following many years of speculation. The engine would be based mostly on the identical architecture as the company’;s famous flat 6, but with 2 fewer cylinders to lower w7 Don’;t anticipate it to cut considerably in the way of overall performance, however: Porsche chief Matthias Muller indicates that the new engine could make as much as 395 horsepower – significantly far more than even the 340hp flat 6 in the Cayman GTS, suggesting that the engine could even locate its way into the 911 as properly.
It’;s no much more clear which markets would get the 4-cylinder engine, either. But wherever it is supplied and in whichever kind, it wouldn’;t be the very first time we’;d see a Porsche with a 4-pot engine. Not by a extended shot. The 2 the classic 912 and 356 have been powered by boxer 4s, as was the 914 – not to mention the 718 pictured over and the iconic 550 Spyder. The front-engined 924, 944 and 968 packed inline-4 engines, but the final of these have been discontinued in the 1990s. The prospect of a 4-cylinder Boxster/Cayman has been rumored for numerous years now, most just lately joined by the chance of a 4-pot Macan as well.