With both cars scheduled for an update next year that’s about to change, with the addition of ‘718’ as a prefix for both vehicles.
The 718 name is pulled from Porsche's past where is was applied to a racecar between 1957 and 1962. That vehicle featured a mid-mounted four-cylinder engine, and in the case of the new Boxster and Cayman, that detail is crucial.
Along with a new name, Porsche’s entry level sportsters will debut a new turbocharged horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine, and according to Porsche the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman will be more alike than they have been previously, both visually and technically.
Porsche also promises to reposition the two, with the 718 Boxster sitting above its 718 Cayman equivalent on the price scale, similar to the price premium a 911 cabriolet wears over a 911 Coupe.
That also indicates that the slight power advantage the Cayman previously held over the Boxster will be eroded, with the two offering matching power and torque outputs when they’re rebranded as 718 models.
Porsche’s last mid-engine four-cylinder offering, the 714, wrapped up production in 1976 with its most powerful variant producing a fairly uninspiring 74kW.
Expect the 718 twins to come close to the 195kW currently on offer in the entry level Boxster, with around 180kW. The big advantage with the move to a turbo four will be torque, which will move from the current Boxster’s 280Nm up to a more solid 350Nm.
When the 718 arrives in showrooms in 2016 it will mark a refreshed naming convention for Porsche’s sports car range, joining the 911 and the now discontinued 918 with a numeric tag, while the Panamera sedan and Cayenne and Macan SUVs will do without a number ahead of their name, to help distance the two vehicle lines.