We'll admit we are jealous of British publication Autocar getting the chance to ride in the next-generation Boxster before it is revealed next year. Porsche has announced that Boxster and sister car, the Cayman would be renamed the 718 Boxster/718 Cayman and be powered a turbocharged four-cylinder. This is a departure from the current flat-six engines both models use.
Porsche has been keeping quiet on how large the engine would be and possible power. But Autocar was able to glean some information on the turbo engine, along with some juicy rumors on another turbo engine.
The base 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman will use a turbocharged 2.0L boxer-four that is expected to produce 295 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The S versions will a boast a larger turbo engine, around 2.4L to 2.5L and produce around 355 horsepower. Rumor has it that the engine used in the S will use Porsche’s Variable Turbine Geometry technology which reduces lag and is very efficient. Transmissions are expected to a six-speed manual or a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic.
Why Did Porsche Add 718 to Name of the Boxster and Cayman?
718 holds significance at Porsche. Back in 1957, the German sports car maker introduced the successor to the 550 Spider called the 718. This model packed a flat-four engine and would go on to win a number of races for the brand. With the Boxster and Cayman transitioning to four-cylinder power, paying homage to the 718 seems fitting.
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