There have been rumors that Porsche would switch to four cylinder engines for their next generation Porsche Boxster and Porsche Cayman, the company has now confirmed this and also the new model designation.
The 2016 Porsche Cayman and Porsche Boxster will get the model number 718, which pays homage to the open top race car for the last 1950s, the Porsche 718.
The 718 model series is a continuation of the proven four-cylinder concept and the history of distinguished Porsche sports cars. The latest example is the 919 Hybrid LMP1 race car, which also has a highly-efficient, turbocharged four-cylinder engine with just 2 litres of displacement. So, not only did Porsche finish first and second in the 24 hours of Le Mans, but most recently it also won the manufacturer’s and driver’s championship titles in the WEC World Endurance Championship. With these victories, the 919 Hybrid has opened up the prospects for the performance potential of future sports car engines from Porsche.
Porsche have not given any exact details on what engines the new Porsche Boxster and Cayman will come with, although we can expect the engines to be turbocharged like the new Porsche 911 range.
As soon as we get some more details on exactly what Porsche has planned for their 2016 Boxster and Cayman sports cars, we will let you guys know.