In Porsche’s storied past, four-cylinder motors have had a presence—remember the 914 and 924/944? Of course, the first Porsches to enter this world were powered by flat fours, and the 911-based 912 had a four as well. Now, after long-standing rumors, Porsche has confirmed it is developing a Boxer four for the Boxter and Cayman.
Porsche CEO Matthias Muller was quoted in Auto Motor und Sport as saying, “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.”
According to Automotive News, the architecture will be based on the current flat-six but with two cylinders lopped off. The current Boxter and Cayman twins’ six ranges in size from 2.7-3.4L putting out up to 330 horsepower in GTS trim. The new motor, when paired with a turbocharger, is speculated give as much as 395 horsepower, suggesting that a loss of cylinders doesn’t necessarily mean a loss in performance. Knowing Porsche, a compromise in performance is likely out of the question.