Published on March 23rd, 2014 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Porsche Engine Downsizing For NEXT Boxster & Cayman
Porsche Boxster and Cayman are in line to receive a four-cylinder boxer engine, according to a German media report quoting Porsche boss Matthias Mueller. In a recent interview, Mueller said Porsche road cars would follow the lead of the company’s hi-tech 919 Hybrid race car in receiving four-cylinder engines.
But while the 919 Hybrid runs a unique V4 engine, the unit being readied for the Boxster and Cayman will follow the lead of Porsche’s classic six-cylinder with a 180-degree horizontally opposed layout as part of a modular engine strategy.
“We will continue with the downsizing strategy and develop a new four-cylinder boxer engine, which will see service in the next-generation Boxster and Cayman,” said Mueller, adding, “we will not separate ourselves from efforts to reduce CO2.”
When queried on the output of the new four-cylinder boxer engine, Müller suggested it would boast “up to 400ps.” Today’s 3.4-liter six-cylinder powered Boxster and Cayman models develop up to 325 hp and 335 hp respectively in the new GTS range-topping models revealed earlier this week.