Many of the Porsche faithful out there have been concerned about Porsche moving to new turbo four cylinders in some of its cars like the Boxster and Cayman. That fear was mostly because no 911 fan wants to see the venerable flat six get the axe in favor of a four cylinder no matter how much power it makes.
The flat six is as much a part of the 911 mythology as the ever evolving, but classic shape of the 911 itself. Good news has come from Porsche noting that the flat six will solider on. Porsche’s Erhard Mossle said that the engine in the 911 won’t be replaced with something smaller for the foreseeable future.
That flat six engine is able to meet upcoming fuel and emission standards without downsizing. “As far as I can see we will stay with a six-cylinder engine in the 911,” Mössle said. “We have good positioning with the 911 having six cylinders and the 718 [the revised Boxster and Cayman] having a turbo four-cylinder. That’s okay. I think even the six-cylinder engines have a lot of potential to reduce consumption and CO2 emissions even further.”
via Car and Driver