Porsche is finalising plans to introduce a four-cylinder boxer engine, according to new reports out of Germany.
German magazine Auto Motor und Sport reports that the next-generation Boxster and Cayman, while still some years away, will launch with a new turbocharged ‘flat four’ petrol engine.
“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,” Porsche CEO Matthias Muller told the magazine
“We will not separate ourselves from efforts to reduce CO2,” he added.
The new mill will reportedly offer performance rivalling the 253kW output of the flat six used in the recently revealed Cayman GTS.
And, speaking with Auto Motor und Sport, Muller reportedly added that the engine could produce as much as 295kW.
With figures like that, we could even see a four-cylinder option in the 911 range, which currently opens with a 261kW flat six.
The report adds that the new four-pot will be based on the same architecture as the familiar flat six, while cutting weight and fuel consumption figures by dropping two cylinders.
The new engine is expected to share many of its parts with the larger six, reducing costs and allowing the use of common manufacturing lines.
It could be sometime before we see the new engines however, with the current Boxster and Cayman models only into their third year on the market.