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New turbocharged four-cylinder engine to help Porsche cut CO2 emissions; set for its debut in next-gen Cayman and Boxster models

Porsche boss Matthias Müller has confirmed long-running rumours suggesting future incarnations of the Boxster and Cayman are in line to receive a turbocharged four-cylinder boxer engine.

In an interview with Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport magazine, 60-year-old Müller 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 vee-configured engine, the unit being readied for the Boxster and Cayman will follow the lead of Porsche’s classic six-cylinder engine with a 180deg 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 Müller. “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 [395bhp]”.

Today’s naturally aspirated 3.4-litre six-cylinder engine develop up to 325bhp and 335bhp respectively in the new range-topping Boxster and Cayman GTS models, which were revealed earlier this week.

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voyager12 13 May 2014

Make a targa version, please...

I mean, as long as Porsche is busy contemplating all sorts of spinoffs (Cayenne coupe) and crossovers (Panamera break), why not make the one that makes perfect sense: a Cayman with a targa top that needs manual removal in case you want to have the open driving experience. Yes, I mean like the 911 targa in the 70's and 80's.
Sporky McGuffin 24 March 2014

It's surely worth remembering

It's surely worth remembering that this is just Porsche going back to its roots - they started with 4-cylinder engines, after all.
david RS 22 March 2014

And good luck after the

And good luck after the guarantee...

Brands are going to standardize...