Next Porsche Boxster and Cayman to Receive One Whopper of a Four-Cylinder Engine

By Jacob Brown | March 21, 2014
Porsche doesn't ever stand still. An engineering company at its finest, it's a bonus that it also happens to make some of the world's finest sports cars. Those sports cars are about to get much finer in their next iteration. Porsche head Matthias Müller confirmed that the next-gen Porsche Boxster and its Cayman coupe sibling will be getting one hell of a four-cylinder engine. How good could it possibly be? Try about 400 horsepower via turbocharger technology poached from the automaker's 919 race car.
Currently, the Porsche Boxster is offered with a 265-horsepower, 2.7-liter flat-6 engine or a 315-horsepower, 3.4-liter flat-6. Add 10 horsepower per engine for the Cayman and Cayman S models. Long has it been said that Porsche was artificially restricting development of the Boxster and Cayman in order to keep the 911 range on top. Porsche's cheaper sports cars have an inherent advantage in that they are mid-engine and have better weight distribution for performance driving. The 911 has its engine in the rear, which acts as a pendulum in cornering, at least in theory. Porsche's engineers have been able to mitigate much of the designs inherent disadvantages through suspension tuning and active engine mounts that can shift the engine ever-so-slightly in cornering. The next engine, a turbocharged four-cylinder, might be seen as a coup for Porsche's engineers, but then again, it could also serve as a base-level engine for the next-generation 911 as well. It wouldn't be the first time a 911 has been equipped with a non-six-cylinder engine. In the 1960s, well before Porsche had the development dollars to put into an entry-level car, it put a four-cylinder engine into a 911 body and called it the 912. Of course, we know where that went. But now might be a good time to bring it back. Source: Autoweek