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

Sad future !

Sad future !
4 pots No thanks !
Turbo no thanks !

No more interest...

FrownyFace3000 16 November 2015

Displacement

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.)

Davmut 16 November 2015

Porsche press launch

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.

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