Porsche confirms four-cylinder turbo engines for next Boxster and Cayman
The worst kept secret in Stuttgart is out: the next iterations of Boxster and Cayman will run turbocharged four-cylinder engines…
We’ve already been reporting it for some time in GT Porsche, but we now have official confirmation from Porsche that the next iterations of Boxster and Cayman will receive turbocharged flat four-cylinder engines. The new models, which are expected to debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, will also be given a new internal model designation: ‘718’.
The introduction of four-cylinder force-induced Boxer engines will see both the Boxster and Cayman follow in the footsteps of the latest 911 Carrera, which is also powered using turbocharging technology. It is widely believed that the GT versions of the second-generation 991 will remain normally-aspirated, however this is yet to be confirmed, and perhaps more interestingly, it is unclear whether or not the Boxster and Cayman GTS will be powered by four- or six-cylinder engines. We expect the GT4 to remain normally-aspirated.
The new 2016 models, which will replace the current 981 vehicles during the early part of next year, will both share the 718 designation – a reference to the Porsche 718 race car of 1957. But tenuous historical links aside, there’s another more important change for potential purchasers: in future the Boxster roadster will be positioned at a higher price point than its sibling, the Cayman coupé. This follows the established pricing structure for the 911, whereby the Cabriolet is more expensive than the Coupé variant.
History of the 718
Porsche is keen to push its historical credentials with fast flat four-cylinder engines. It cites both its contemporary activities with the 2.0-litre four-pot motor in the 919 Hybrid, and its successes of the 1950s with the 718, the successor to the legendary 550 Spyder. It’s really a link dreamt up by marketing and PR departments designed to create a sense of proficiency, but all the same the 718 was definitely a car worthy of the Porsche history annals.
The 718 competed in the 1960 12-hour race in Sebring, and took part in the European Hill Climb Championship that ran between 1958 and 1961. Typically of Porsche’s racing prowess, the 718 prevailed against a number of more competitors with more powerful car specifications during its time. Of its greatest achievements it won the legendary Italian Targa Florio race in Sicily between 1959 and 1960, and at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1958, the 142hp four-cylinder 718 RSK scored a class victory.