Published on July 20th, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
How Porsche Boxer Engines Can Save Volkswagen?
We think we might have the solution for the Volkswagen Group in the near future. Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG could be persuaded by the VW Group management to start working on the possibility of using the all new Porsche 2-liter Boxer engine in the VW Golf GTI 9th generation to start. With the use of turbochargers, the outputs could be raised to use this 2-liter Boxer engine in the next generation of the Passat, the CC, the Scirocco and even the next generation Touran. (just look at how Subaru has shared its Boxer engine with a few models).
Porsche, which is part of the VW Group has been having a sterling year on year sales and market growth. This year, 2016 Porsche has downsized its engines with a 2-liter, 2.5-liter and a 3-liter Boxer engine range making its way into new Porsche models. The newly developed 4-cylinder flat engine with turbocharging in the 718 Boxster develops 300hp of power from 2-litres of engine displacement, while the 718 Boxster S attains 350hp from 2.5-litres of displacement. In the S-model, Porsche also uses a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry. (to date Porsche has been in the clear with emissions testing and results).
In fact Porsche is now the only manufacturer to offer VTG technology in production cars with petrol-driven engines, both in the 911 Turbo and in the 718 Boxster S. Impressive here are the considerable power gain of 35hp compared to the previous Boxster models and the efficiency of the new turbo engines. The new 718 Boxster models have fuel economy improvements of up to 13%.Economies of scale can be enjoyed even further if Skoda and SEAT started using the 2-liter Boxer engines.
Porsche is also rumored to be planning a horizontally opposed 4-cylinder engine range starting from a compact 1.6-liter engine. Insiders says that the new engines are already on the drawing board and as expected these new engines will be more fuel-efficient and cut CO2 emissions by almost 30%. It is not all bad news for Porsche boxes fans as the good news is that the new engines will keep a genetic link to the iconic flat-six engines used by the Porsche 911 for decades. This engine could be used in the rest of the VW passenger vehicle range, like the Polo, Jetta, Golf and base Scirocco.
How the new Porsche 2-liter Boxer engine will fit in the bay of the front wheel driven VW cars is not my problem, instead that is a problem for the many engineers they have on board. We are just providing a possible solution.