Porsche confirms four-cylinders for Boxster/Cayman

Last updated 05:00 05/04/2014

Relevant offers


Audi A3 loses some backbone in the face of SUV competition Classic car enthusiast to sell collection of 30 rare, vintage marques at auction London insists on English requirement for private hire drivers Cop nearly hit as motorist slams into parked patrol car Aussie driver carts everything including the washing machine MoT survey shows surge in public support for 110kmh open road speed limit Video reveals contender for Wellington's worst piece of driving Elton Goonan in petrolhead heaven as Hampton Downs track manager Mum charged after filming 7-year-old son driving BMW reveals Mini Countryman hybrid

Porsche boss Matthias Mueller has confirmed long running rumours suggesting future incarnations of the Boxster and Cayman are in line to receive a four-cylinder boxer (or horizontally opposed) engine.

In an interview with Germany's Auto Motor und Sport magazine published last week, 60-year-old Muller said Porsche's road going sports cars would follow the lead of the company's hi-tech 919 Hybrid race car in receiving four-cylinder engines.

But while the 919 Hybrid runs a unique V4 engine with a yet to be official disclosed layout, the unit being readied for the Boxster and Cayman will follow the lead of Porsche's classic six-cylinder by adopting a 180-degree horizontally opposed layout as part of a modular turbocharged boxer engine strategy.

“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,” said Muller. “We will not separate ourselves from efforts to reduce CO2”.

His comments follow those reported exclusively by Drive in January where Mueller strongly hinted four-cylinder engines were on the way for the Boxster and Cayman.

In that interview Mueller ruled out the new four-cylinder engines for use in Porsche's performance icon, the 911.

"There is no idea to have a four-cylinder engine in a 911, he said at the time. "I think we are well prepared with the six-cylinder boxer engine so we will stay with that.”

When queried on the output of the new four-cylinder boxer engine, Muller said it would boast ''up to 400ps (295kW)''. The existing 3.4-litre six-cylinder boxer engine used by the existing Boxster and Cayman develops 243kW and 250kW respectively in new GTS range topping models revealed earlier this month.

-Fairfax News Australia

Ad Feedback
Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content