Porsche Boxer Engine Concept Explained

By Loeber Motors | Posted in For Fun, Porsche on Friday, August 9th, 2013 at 10:21 am


Buying a new Porsche in Chicago, IL

Anyone looking at buying new Porsche Chicago, IL has probably looked at all of the specifications of the vehicle. Looking closer into the details, you probably have come across the term “flat-six” or boxer engine right? Well what does that tell us about the engines Porsche is putting in their vehicles? To get a better idea of the benefits the boxer or flat engine configuration offer, we have decided to explain this technology for you.



Buying a new Porsche in Chicago, IL means you are getting world class performance, and here is part of the reason why. Porsche technology and reputation is world renown for building some of the finest driving performance vehicles the world has ever seen. Part of the reason for this is through the use of their boxer or flat engine technology. Think of it this way, instead of engine pistons moving vertically or at a slight angle in the engine, boxer engines move side to side, in a more horizontal motion.  Almost like two boxers taping their gloves together before a fight.


Flat-four example. Pistons move horizontally instead of in a vertical motion.

What this does is creates incredible engine balance as well as a low center of gravity for amazing stability and control. Because the engine cylinders are usually represented in even number of 4, 6, or 8, the horizontal plane of the pistons moving in and out of the cylinders are timed perfectly to ensure that no extra weight is on either side of the engine. This perfect motion causes excellent balance; therefore most boxer engines require only little or no extra counterweights, which equal a leaner lighter engine for faster and smoother acceleration. This flat-engine configuration is so efficient and powerful; most aircrafts even incorporate it into their engine designs. So what does buying a new Porsche Chicago,IL get you?

The Porsche flat-six configuration has been delivering world class performance for 50 years and once again has been awarded the “Engine of the Year Award”. The award was given to the 2.7-litre engine used in the Boxer and Cayenne models; the 2.7-litre engine now produces more power and greater fuel efficiency. The “flat-engine” technology powers all of Porsche’s model offerings for 2013 and 2014 which includes the 911, Boxster, Cayenne, and Caymen. Want to learn more about the 2014 Porsche Cayman? Click here.

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