Stricter and stricter regulations are the main reason for many car companies to be downsizing their engines. For Porsche, there’s a different reason: history.
In the late 1950s and up until as recently as the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans, Porsche has excelled in motorsports with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The sports car from the late 1950s that broke ground in several famous races was the 718 racer, which dominated its class with its powerful flat-four engine, and the 919 Hybrid LMP1 from 2015 employed a new highly-efficient four-cylinder unit that brought it first- and second-place finishes. But the concept had no place in its roadcar lineup, until 2016 and the 718 returns.
Porsche will be reviving the true spirit of the 718 in the form of the next-generation Boxsters and Caymans. While always very similar cars, Porsche states that there will be even more shared characteristics under the new moniker, with the roadster version commanding the premium price, similar to the hierarchy of the 911 range. The cars will be equipped with equally-powerful four-cylinder engines that are turbocharged, following suit the 991.2 911s.
More updates will surface closer to the cars’ unveiling.