Porsche Boxster, Cayman to Get 4-Cylinder Engines With Up to 395-HP

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

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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[Source: AutoWeek]

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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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