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Why Are The Cayman And Boxster Gaining A Turbo And Losing Power?

Porsche is really scaring us right now...

Porsche’s Boxster and Cayman are currently sports car legends that are popular with both enthusiasts and soccer moms. Aside from the Cayman GT4, both cars house a 2.7-liter or 3.4-liter flat-six producing 265 and 315 horsepower, respectively. Also, each Cayman trim gets a 10 horsepower bump over the Boxster's equivalent trim for a little extra punch. We love these naturally aspirated two-seater sports cars, but with new fuel economy standards we suspected Porsche would eventually bequeath turbochargers upon them.

We just got wind that that time is now, and we're excited to a point. Often, turbocharging a car means more power even if displacement drops, but instead of a boost, Porsche gave us a nasty surprise. The Cayman GT4 is the only car that will keep the flat-six—the rest of the models will house a 2.0-liter or 2.5-liter flat-four with a single turbocharger. The the entry level models will produce 240 horsepower while the S models produce 300. With this new technology, shouldn't we expect all of the cars to have a bit more punch? It would be handy to have, especially to compensate for the bit of turbo lag produced.

Don’t get too upset though, as the GTS trim supposedly will have 370 horsepower, which is a significant increase from the 330 hp and 340 hp of the current Boxster and Cayman. Even if you aren’t a turbo fan, don’t worry too much. Porsche knows what it is doing and the new models are sure to be a success. The 370 horsepower from the GTS pushes the Boxster and Cayman ahead of competitors such as the BMW M4, Jaguar F-Type V6, Audi RS5 and Alfa Romeo 4C.

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