According to an interview that Automotive News had with Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller, the Porsche Boxster and Cayman will move to four-cylinder engine in mid-2016. This movement includes the insanely awesome Cayman GT4 as well.
Unlike a traditional inline four-cylinder engine, Porsche will use horizontally opposed four-cylinder engines in its entry-level sports cars. The report claims that these engines will likely come in two displacements, 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter, and should come with turbochargers to help boost output.
Speaking of output, a different report claims that Mueller himself said that these engines could produces as much as 395 horsepower. This level of output would be 10 ponies higher than the current range-topping Cayman GT4 and 20 horsepower higher than the Boxster Spyder. This extra power plus the possible weight savings could make the Cayman GT4 and Boxster Spyder some of the most amazing cars for the money.
On top of the extra power, this move to a smaller-displacement engine will likely help with fuel economy, emissions, and weight distribution.
This movement to a four-cylinder engine will also come along with a refresh for both the Cayman and Boxster. Don’t look for anything too dramatic in terms of design changes, but the body will have some new design cues, the cabin will get a slight update, and there may be some new tech features added to both models.
Look for the new Boxster and Cayman to debut at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. Following that, they should be ready for consumption in time for the 2017 model year here in the U.S. In Europe, they will be a 2016 model year.
Stay tuned for more details on the changes in store for the Boxster and Cayman in the coming months.