Sports cars to be renamed as 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman as part of a facelift that brings flat-four turbocharged engines
Matt Burt
10 December 2015

The Porsche Boxster and Cayman have been renamed as 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman respectively, with both models also receiving turbocharged flat-four engines as part of a substantial facelift.

The new names for Porsche's two-door, mid-engined sports cars reference the series of 718 racing cars built between 1957 and 1962.

Porsche will introduce the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman "over the course of 2016".

And the roadster will be positioned at a higher price level than the coupé, as is the case for the larger 911.

"The 718 model series is a continuation of the proven four-cylinder concept and the history of distinguished Porsche sports cars," said a statement from Porsche.

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Porsche already uses a turbocharged 2.0-litre V4 engine in its successful 919 Hybrid Le Mans racer.

In the 718 Boxster, a 2.0-litre engine is tipped to be offered in two different power outputs: 261bhp in the base car and 311bhp in the S model, with torque outputs for the pair rated at 258lb ft and 295lb ft respectively. Expect the regular 718 Boxster to have a 0-62mph time of around five and a half seconds, and the S to dip below five seconds

Porsche has traditionally given the Cayman more power, but with the positioning of the 718 Boxster above it, it is not clear if this trend will continue.

Six-cylinder engines are set to be the preserve of more powerful range-topping versions of the two sports cars, including GTS versions and any future 718 Cayman GT4 or 718 Boxster Spyder. 

The four-cylinder engines will also reduce the kerb weight of the two sports cars, in turn improving the economy (which is the main reason for the adoption of the new engines) and the handling. 

Interestingly, the confirmation of the flat four engine for the 718 Boxster and Cayman stated that "the 919 Hybrid has opened up the prospects for the performance potential of future sports car engines from Porsche", hinting that hybridisation could be part of the future plan for the new road car engine, too.

A hybrid 911 is planned as part of the next-generation line-up, but when discussing the four-cylinder engine in the past Porsche has always distanced the engine from the 911. 

Ex-Porsche chairman Matthias Müller, who now leads the entire Volkswagen Group, has also previously said the new four-cylinder engine is modular, and that it will be offered in capacities up to 2.5 litres, with a power output of 395bhp expected in the most powerful versions.

The facelifts for the two sports cars will bring with them styling and interior changes, as well as chassis and suspension tweaks. 

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10 December 2015
I know that Porsche's flat 6 sounds fabulous, but it would be wrong to consider these new flat fours a backward step. After all, if they are more powerful, more economical, lighter and dare I suggest it a bit more affordable, they may well be equally good. I'm sure they can be tuned to be very responsive and to sound special, so I for one look forward to seeing these models.

10 December 2015
I'm certain Porsche use a V4 engine in their WEC cars ?

10 December 2015

Thanks Ravon, a good spot. I've changed in the copy. That's what happens when I file from a moving train... MB

10 December 2015
Ridiculous idea to change the names of well established cars. Additionally, they should be called either by the name or the number not both.

I hope Porsche substantially revise the blobby rear lights and integrated spoilers on the current cars, they look so awful. Something closer to the 991 lights would be great.

10 December 2015
StuM82 wrote:

Ridiculous idea to change the names of well established cars. Additionally, they should be called either by the name or the number not both.

I hope Porsche substantially revise the blobby rear lights and integrated spoilers on the current cars, they look so awful. Something closer to the 991 lights would be great.

I actually think the lights at the rear at the best design feature on them! Everything else is typically Porsche, so it nice to see some flair in the design.

As for the name change, they are still keeping the Boxter/Caymen badges, just adding 718 before it. A bit like the 911 is known as a 911 Carrera. I don't think that is going to hurt at all, people will still understand what they are

10 December 2015
after two years I still look backwards at my "Little Red" Boxster as I walk away...... Think I'll wait for the 6 cyl version before replacing tho'

10 December 2015
The original boxster was the early 1970s Porsche 914, with a mid mounted flat-four 2.0L engine. Light, simple, with excellent handling and affordable parts costs- no need to over engine everything. Its nice to see a return rather than the standard progression of more power and more weight.

11 December 2015
hear hear

10 December 2015
As much as I love the noise of a Porsche flat 6, the new flat 4 sounds interesting on paper and gives the Boxster and Cayman something different from the normal turbo 4s.

10 December 2015
Didn't fool Partridge and neither will this. The '100 was extensively re-engineered, too, with new motors just like this Porsche. But the Germans have clearly failed to learn from Austin Rover's mistakes.

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