The on-again, off-again sub-Boxster/Cayman Porsche sports car, which was rumored to carry the 718 name, is officially in the scrap heap, as the automaker has given up on the idea in an effort to keep the brand more exclusive. With this official cancellation, many Porsche enthusiasts assumed that the legendary 718 name, one that was affixed to a race car used n the 1950s and `60s, would die as well. This may not be the case, according to a report from Automobile, as the blog claims that this name will indeed live on attached to the back end of a different car.
According to the Automobile report, the 718 moniker will replace the Boxster and Cayman names in the two models’ next generations. This change in name aligns with the upcoming change in engines, as Porsche will likely move the coupe and drop-top siblings away from the flat-six engine altogether and into the world of four-cylinder power. This change in powerplants will help push the base-level Cayman and Boxster down in price, getting it closer to where the German brand was planning to position the now-canceled 718.
This change in name is an attempt to bring the Boxster and Cayman naming system closer to that of the iconic 911. The engine lineup, according to Automobile, will include a base-level, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that puts out 285 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque; a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 360 horsepower and 345 pound-feet of twist; and a turbocharged four-cylinder with up to 400 ponies. If the naming system does somewhat mimic the current 911 lineup, look for these engines under the hoods of the 718 Carrera, 718 Carrera S and 718 Turbo, respectively.
Look for the 718 to make its auto show debut in 2016 and expect it to hit dealers in 2017.