Porsche may attach the 718 name to its next-generation Boxster, according to recent reports.
The 718 name was rumoured to be the designation of a future sub-Boxster entry-level sports car for Porsche, but the idea was officially nixed by Porsche in October last year.
Instead, the 718 nomenclature may be assigned to the Boxster.
According to unnamed sources speaking to Automobile magazine, the 718 name will be applied to the entire Boxster/Cayman range and encompass new four-cylinder base models as well as high-output S, RS and GT variants.
The report also says that the 2.7 litre flat six may be dropped for the range, with a turbo 2.5 litre flat four (a 2.0 flat four will sit below it) taking the 2.7's place in the line up.
Automobile doesn't state whether Porsche's most affordable sports car will ditch the Boxster/Cayman badges entirely though, and a likely scenario is that "718" will simply become a prefix - just like how "911" precedes "Carrera" for the automaker's most iconic model.
There's no word yet on what this might mean for the Cayenne, Macan and Panamera nameplates, but we should get more clarity on Porsche's future naming conventions when the next-generation Boxster and Cayman make their debut in 2016.
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