Porsche Boxster set to get new engine and mild styling changes ahead of a planned debut in Frankfurt later this year
6 August 2015

The facelifted Porsche Boxster will receive uprated styling and a new four-cylinder engine when it goes on sale in the UK at the start of next year. 

The revamped third-generation Boxster is due to receive its global debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September. Styling changes for the reworked roadster include a revised front bumper with new air intakes, and altered light clusters. The car's interior is also expected to be upgraded, judging by the camouflaged cabin of this latest prototype.

However, the biggest change looks set to take place in the engine bay, where Porsche is set to introduce a new horizontally opposed four-cylinder powerplant as part of plans to broaden the appeal of both the Boxster and its fixed-roof sister model, the Cayman.

Already confirmed by Porsche chairman Matthias Müller, the new engine is planned to be offered alongside upgraded versions of the existing Boxster’s horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine.

“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,” Müller confirmed last year. “We will not separate ourselves from efforts to reduce CO2”.

When queried on the output of the new four-cylinder boxer engine, Müller said it would produce “up to 400ps [395bhp]”.

It's expected the new flat four-cylinder engines will support 2.0 and 2.5-litre capacities, with power outputs from 210bhp through to the 395bhp alluded to by Mueller.

The six-cylinder boxer engine used by the existing Boxster and Cayman develops 261bhp and 271bhp respectively in 2.7-litre form, with a larger 3.4-litre unit offering either 311bhp, 325bhp or 335bhp depending on the model in which it is deployed.

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10 July 2014
Produces 261 or 271 HP.

10 July 2014

11 July 2014
The 2.7 produces 261 when installed in the Boxster and 271 in the Cayman. The article makes that quite clear.

6 August 2015
I thought the upgraded 911 (the 991.2) was due to be revealed at Frankfurt and would go on sale early next year, but the new Boxster and Cayman (the 981.2) were due to be launched subsequently. Are both now to be revealed simultaneously? Will the existing flat-six engines really continue to be offered in the Boxster alongside the new turbo fours? This seems unlikely, given the indicated range of power outputs from the new engines. As a potential Boxster buyer next Spring to replace my 987, I really want a flat-six and would happily forego the 981.2 upgrades to be sure of getting one.

6 August 2015
“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,”

No thanks Müller !

6 August 2015
Are Porsche really going to offer the new 4-pot motors alongside upgraded 6-pot ones? If so then great! That means enthusiasts will continue to purchase these cars. But it doesn't make sense either, as the top of the range flat-four seems to be much more powerful than the equivalent flat-six. And offering two engine layouts in the same model is going to confuse some people. I think Porsche will just end up offering the turbo 4s myself, which is going to kill the Cayman for me, and probably others too.


6 August 2015
And 911 too...

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