Not even Porsche is immune to pressure from governments and customers to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. The legendary German sports-car builder will offer a four-cylinder engine in future versions of both its Boxster and Cayman models.
This news comes straight from the horse’s mouth, or rather the company’s head honcho, Matthias Müller. The executive said these models are following in the tire tracks of the company’s 919 hybrid race car, which features a V-type four-banger at the heart of its hybrid drivetrain.
However, unlike that halo car the Boxster and Cayman will feature a traditional horizontally opposed layout, a design that harkens back to Porsche’s roots. Their first cars were based on the Volkswagen Beetle and powered by boxer-style, air-cooled, four-cylinder engines.
The downsizing effort is all about efficiency and emissions. The new powerplant is rumored to deliver up to 395 hp, which is a strikingly robust figure. To deliver that level of performance we’re almost certain it will be augmented by some sort of forced induction, probably turbocharging.
Today’s Boxster and Cayman feature a 3.4-liter horizontally opposed six that puts out 325 hp and 335 ponies, respectively. We wouldn’t be surprised if the new engine was both significantly more powerful AND efficient, a win-win for drivers and Porsche alike.
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