Porsche Boxster and Cayman have been using a very similar flat 6 as in the base 911 Carrera and now with the introduction of GTS spec model are stepping very close to the 911 territory. A well equipped Boxster/Cayman GTS already sounds more fun than a base 911 Carrera.
An entry level flat 4 engine has been rumoured for years and according to Autonews.com, the new four cylinder engine is in development, following industry’s trend in reducing engine size.
Regarding performance numbers, the new engine would produce as much as 395 horsepower. In comparison the new Boxster GTS packs 325bhp and Cayman GTS 335bhp. A Boxster/Cayman with close to 400 horsepower would clearly make it faster than the 911 Carrera and probably faster than the Carrera S.
It is very likely this new engine with higher spec could also be used in the entry-level 911.
The engine will be a derivative of Porsche’s classic flat six and be part of a modular engine strategy, meaning Porsche will use common manufacturing lines, and the four- and six-cylinder engines will share many parts.
This is not the first time Porsche would offer a four cylinder engine.
The 912 and 356 were both powered by boxer fours, as well as the 914 and the 550 Spyder. The front-engined 924, 944 and 968 used inline-four engines.
“The new four-cylinder boxer engine will see service in the next-generation Boxster and Cayman,” said Porsche CEO Matthias Muller.
The current 981 generation was launched in 2012 so it will be at least 3-4 years, before the next generation model arrives.