Porsche has not offered a four-cylinder engine in the US in nearly two decades, when it sold the front-engine 968. Furthermore, it hasn’t offered a boxer four since 1976. Soon, that’s all going to change thanks to the introduction of what is expected to be the Porsche 718.
While Porsche hasn’t confirmed the 718 rumors to this point, chief executive Matthias Müller did state that a four-cylinder engine will be returning to the Porsche lineup in the model that will succeed the Boxster and Cayman. That successor is widely expected to be the return of the Porsche 718.
We can dive into the potential of a new 718 line when and if Porsche solidifies those rumors with an announcement, but for now, the big news is the resurgence of a four-cylinder Porsche. According to reports, the new model is expected to utilize new 2.0- and 2.5-liter flat four engines.
To meet the performance standards of Porsche, the two four-cylinders are expected to generate as three distinct outputs. The smaller displacement unit is expected to generate 285 horsepower while the larger engine might produce 360 horsepower, with a turbocharged unit delivering as many as 400 horsepower.
Expected to arrive about a year from now in the middle of 2016, the new Porsche 4-cylinder model will certainly be the subject of much debate in the performance world. While the 4-cylinder engines will certainly add to the efficiency of the Cayman and Boxster, they’ll also help make them even lighter weight than they currently are, which should help maintain the spirited performance for which they are known.
We’ll keep you up-to-date with any further news regarding the new four-cylinder engines or the possibility of the 718 replacing the Cayman and Boxster in the coming year. For the time being, enjoy the flat-six engines in the current models!