Change is coming.
This shouldn’t come as a big surprise because it’s a known fact that Porsche has been developing this engine for some time. But now it’s officially official: Porsche will begin selling turbocharged foul-cylinder versions of the Boxster and Cayman in the US in mid-2016, according to a new report from Automotive News. Previously, it was assumed this new engine will be available in both models for the European and other global markets, but only now has the US been confirmed as well.
Specific details regarding the new turbo four banger haven’t been made public just yet, such as whether it’ll displace 2.0- or 2.5-liters, but compared to the current flat-six options, it’ll lower vehicle weight and improve fuel efficiency and even handling. One German report even has it pegged to produce as much as 395 hp. This isn’t the first time Porsche has sold a four-cylinder in the US; the last time was in 1995 with the 968. So, will this new turbo four ruin the Boxster and Cayman with the flat-six era possibly coming to an end, or are both cars only going to get better? Let us know what you think in the comments.