Unfortunately, the days of evocative engines are over and every manufacturer is downsizing. The latest to join the fray is Porsche, known for its legendary flat-6 engines. Now the company is shifting to a flat-4 turbo-charged engine, which will power the new generation Boxster and Cayman range. Thankfully, the 180 degree horizontally-opposed flat design layout is retained, though the deletion of two additional cylinders is quite a let down for Porsche’s quirky powerplant fans.
In a press meet, Porsche boss, Matthias Müller said- “We will continue with the downsizing strategy and develop a new four-cylinder boxer engine which will see service in the next-generation Boxster and Cayman. We will not separate ourselves from efforts to reduce CO2 emissions.”
Alongside being more eco-friendly (lower Co2 emissions) and efficient, the new engine will produce about 395 BHP which is almost twenty per cent more than the 3.4-litre flat-six engine that produces 325 BHP to 335 BHP under the hood of current generation Cayman GTS and Boxster GTS. The Cayman GTS does the 0-100 sprint in just 4.6 seconds with a top whack of 283 kmph.
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