It was about a week ago when we found out the Porsche 911 Carrera lineup will adopt turbocharged engines once the facelift will be out later this year and now it seems the Boxster and Cayman duo will receive the same treatment. According to British magazine CAR, the standard versions of Porsche’s entry-level models are going to receive a newly developed 2.0-liter, flat-four turbocharged gasoline engine that will deliver 240 bhp.
Those who will upgrade to the Boxster S and Cayman S will be able to enjoy a larger 2.5-liter turbo pushing out 300 bhp while the meaner GTS versions of both models will have an uprated 2.5-liter with as much as 370 bhp.
It seems this new flat-four engine will benefit from a single fixed-vane turbocharger and in the future it will receive an e-turbo version that will increase power as well as diminish the lag you normally find in turbocharged cars in the low rpm range.
According to the same report, the Cayman is going to be repositioned in some markets as a more affordable model than the Boxster as part of Porsche’s move to increase sales of the model and also boosts its presence.
Both the facelifted Porsche Boxster and Cayman will be unveiled early next year, so expect the cars to debut either in January at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit or two months later at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland. The two will go on sale shortly after that and should reach Indian dealerships by the end of the year or early 2017.
It will be interesting to see whether these downsized turbocharged engines will command a premium over the outgoing models or Porsche will decide to use the same pricing scheme for its most affordable models in the range which also includes the 911, Macan, Cayenne and the Panamera while the flagship 918 Spyder has recently reached sold out status.