Updated Cayman will go on sale in the UK early next year following its debut at the Geneva motor show
16 November 2015

Porsche is preparing to return four-cylinder power to its sports car line-up for the first time since the 968 ceased production in 1995 in facelifted versions of the third-generation Boxster and second-generation Cayman, both earmarked to make their debut at next year’s Geneva motor show prior to the start of UK sales.  

The new turbocharged four-cylinder engine is planned to be used by the Boxster and Cayman in place of the existing naturally aspirated six-cylinder engine in a move that's set to provide price-leading versions of the roadster and coupé pairing with added performance and reduced fuel consumption.

Read our review of the Porsche 718 Cayman here

Details remain scarce less than six months out from its unveiling, although insiders at Porsche’s R&D facility on the outskirts of Stuttgart have revealed that the new turbocharged engine shares its horizontally opposed design and crucial elements of its architecture, including its 500cc individual cylinder capacity, with the larger twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder unit recently unveiled in the facelifted 911.

This indicates that early variants of the new four-cylinder powerplant will likely boast a capacity of around 2.0 litres – some 700cc less than the entry level 2.7-litre six-cylinder currently used by the Boxster and Cayman.

Watch our video review of the 718 Cayman below

Nothing is official, although the new engine is expected to exceed the 271bhp and 214lb ft outputs of the existing six-cylinder in its initial state of tune, with more heavily tuned variants running added turbocharger boost pressure set for introduction later on, according to sources.

Caught here undergoing final testing ahead of its debut, the facelifted Cayman sports a new front bumper assembly featuring a revised design with altered cooling ducts and indicator units, as well as updated internal headlight graphics.

Further stylistic changes to the two-seat coupé include a revised rear bumper and lightly altered tail-light graphics.

Inside, the 2016 model-year Cayman is expected to adopt a new steering wheel along with an updated Porsche Communication Management system featuring a 7.0in touchscreen monitor with Google Earth and Google Street View-supported navigation, WLAN connectivity and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

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16 November 2015
I'm still not clear on this. Will the Boxster and Cayman be only available in four cylinder form or will there be six pot versions as well?

Cyborg

16 November 2015
To my mind these re-engine models warrant a bit more fanfare than the word facelift implies. And I too am unclear whether the six-cylinder variants will remain at the top end of the range? Then again, if the new flat fours deliver superior performance and efficiency with less weight, why keep the existing sixes (except perhaps for their acoustics)?

16 November 2015
Maybe from a product positioning point of view, it will make sense to have the Cayman and Boxter as 4cyl, with the 911 having the cachet of the sixes? I see your point about facelift, @ LP. But if this were a Golf Mk...., people would say, nah, its just a facelift!

16 November 2015
LP in Brighton wrote:

And I too am unclear whether the six-cylinder variants will remain at the top end of the range?

From CAR Magazine:

Boxster/Cayman 240bhp 2.0-litre flat four turbo
Boxster S/Cayman S 300bhp 2.5-litre flat four turbo
Boxster GTS/Cayman GTS 370bhp 2.5-litre flat four turbo

16 November 2015
I own a current generation Boxster S and nothing puts a grin on my face more than the sound of its 3.4 litre flat six engine. At start-up, at full chat and all points in between, its sound played a huge part in my purchase decision. While I am sure that Porsche are trying their utmost to make the new turbo 4-cylinders sound special, I think for many existing owners, they won't sound nearly special enough.

As for the facelift, it seems relatively modest, although I note that the beautiful way the moveable spoiler flows into the rear lights on the current car has been lost on this Gen 2 version.

16 November 2015
I couldn't agree more. I have a 987 generation Boxster and just love both the sound of the engine and the linear and progressive way it delivers its power. I'm planning to replace it with a 981 Boxster in the spring and really want another n/a flat six, not a turbo four. I will happily forego the other updates for this. Incidentally, with regard to the tail lights, surely the photos above do not show the final production arrangement: the tail lights look droopy and poorly detailed and don't marry up at all with the (fixed?) spoiler.

17 November 2015
This prototype is running with a mask over the tail lights to make them look like the current 981 lights, which as you say, makes them look droopy. The illumination within the light appears to reveal the new lamp detail. Certainly, the initial Boxster/Cayman prototypes ran with the new front bumper, but the old rear lights and spoiler. So if this has changed on the latest prototypes, it would suggest to me that this is the new design. However, it could be that some of the finishing detail is still to be revealed. We'll see soon no doubt.

16 November 2015
Here in Tenerife I notice that Porsche are conducting a press launch over the last few days based at the Obama hotel, there are plenty of German registered models running around here.

16 November 2015
I cannot imagine that the S models will have a different displacement than the base models. 2.0 for both is what I've read, which would require quite a bit of boost- but that's not exactly uncommon in modern 4-cylinders.

A base model with 290hp would have 145hp/liter and an S model with 340hp would have 170hp/liter. A GTS model would likely have around 360hp which would have 180hp/liter, bringing the output really close to the base 911 with around 123hp/liter.

So, it's all a bit unknown, but like with all modern turbocharged Porsche's, any variant that also has an S version of that variant, both use the same displacement engine. (All these hp numbers are in PS, btw.)

16 November 2015
Sad future !
4 pots No thanks !
Turbo no thanks !

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