Porsche Working On A Smaller Engine

Report

Porsche is currently developing a four-cylinder engine for use in a new entry-level model.

If thoughts of a four-cylinder Porsche make you cringe, you aren't alone. Porsche purists are haunted nightly by the ghost of the 924, and the car which represents one of Germany's most unfortunate badge-engineering projects is one of the first four-banger Porsche's that come to mind. When we received word that Porsche was working on a new four-cylinder engine, we were wary. That is, until we found out that it would be horizontally opposed.

A new Porsche flat-four doesn't put us in mind of the 924, but rather the 356, the 550 and even the short-lived 912... and the 914 also had one. The engine will be architecturally similar to the Porsche flat six, just with two fewer cylinders, and it will feature a low pressure turbo to give a wider torque plateau. There will be two different versions of the engine, one with a 2.0-liter displacement and one in 2.5-liter. The 2.5-liter is said to make 380 horsepower, a number which ought to keep the purists happy. The engine will be offered in base models of the Boxter and Cayman, but its primary duty will be in an all-new entry-level model.

You Might Also Like
Is The New BMW 8 Series Better Looking Than The Concept?
Is The New BMW 8 Series Better Looking Than The Concept?
10 Of The Most Iconic All-Wheel Drive Cars Of All Time
10 Of The Most Iconic All-Wheel Drive Cars Of All Time

Porsche is telling us that this new car will be a spiritual successor of the 550 Spyder, but we think it's a bit unlikely that the entry-level Porsche will be made in the spirit of a race car. Though it will probably have some 550-inspired styling cues, we'd guess it will be more like a modern-day 356. That's something Porsche is probably uncomfortable saying since the car will probably, like the 356, use more VW parts than other models in the range. A new 356 still sounds exciting though, and whatever form it takes, we're looking forward to seeing it.

Fake Lamborghini Murcielago SV Reverse-Engineered By Iran

The Chinese couldn’t have done it better.

Hennessey Trackhawk Is World's Quickest SUV

That's what a thousand horsepower will do for ya.

5 Things You Need To Know About The 2019 BMW X5

After driving the car for the first time, here are our key takeaways.

Watch The BMW M2 Competition Lap The Ring In 7:52

That was supercar territory not long ago.

Kim Jong-un Gets Classy With New Ride

So much for sanctions.

Drifting A 1,000-HP Corvette On Mountain Roads Takes Some Serious Skill

Thought drifting the entire Nurburgring was challenging? Try it in a 1,000-hp Corvette on a mountain road with no safety rails.

Hennessey Heritage Edition Ford Truck Makes More Power Than Anything You’ve Got

This crazy beast is even more powerful than the Ford GT.

Ford Imagines A Future With No Traffic Lights

Stopping at junctions could be a thing of the past in the future.

One-Off Ferrari 330GT Speciale Is A 50-Year-Old Dream Come True

This stunning coachbuilding project is a tribute to legendary Italian designer Giovanni Michelotti.

What's Hot