Those eyeing the Porsche Boxster or Cayman in select European marketplaces will have another option beside the base, S, and GTS models; Porsche Belgium and Porsche Norway are offering detuned versions of both cars making – you guessed it – 211 horsepower.
Both models receive the same 2.7-liter flat-4 as found in the base cars, with more conservative tuning to reduce power output. Continuing the trend of maintaining about a $10,000 price difference between the base, S, and GTS versions, the detuned Porsche Boxster and Porsche Cayman cost around $10,000 less than the base models from Porsche Norway.
However, Belgian Porsche dealers are charging the same for the 211 and the base versions of the Boxster/Cayman duo. These detuned Porsche models are only offered in select markets likely because they’ve been introduced to meet local requirements, rather than customer demand. But despite the bump down in power, they’ll still sprint to 60 mph from a standstill in about 6.2 seconds.
We’re sure that given the chance, plenty of people here in the states would settle for the weaker 211 model, if only to put the Porsche models more financially in-reach than the base versions. But don’t hold your breath waiting for the detuned Porsche Boxster and Cayman to make it across the Atlantic.