Porsche confirms development of four-cylinder boxer engine

Porsche confirms development of four-cylinder boxer engine

Love it or hate it, concerns over fuel efficiency have begun to seriously affect all of the world’s major automakers. Even high-end brands are not immune and Porsche, with its wide range of vehicles and  increasing sales, is looking at options to decrease fuel usage in some of its models.

It’s no secret that one idea Porsche has been considering is the inclusion of a new four-cylinder engine in its lineup, reports of which have been around for the past few years. Now, it’s official.

Speaking with the media recently, Porsche’s former R&D chief Wolfgang Durheimer revealed that the German automaker is building a new four-cylinder engine and that it will power the next-generation Boxster and Cayman sports car models.

Durheimer went on to say that the new engine could even see an application in the 911 but he stressed that the iconic model will remain a six-cylinder for the foreseeable future.

This new four pot engine is also expected to power Porsche’s upcoming entry-level Roadster model. There is some indication that the smaller Porsche would borrow many parts from a donor car built by Volkswagen and Audi to cut production costs but Porsche is still keen to develop its own powertrain for the car.

No details have been released on the new engine but many are predicting it to be a 2.5-litre unit, possibly available in both naturally aspirated and turbocharged forms, with the force-fed unit producing over 350 horsepower. The next-generation Boxster is expected around the end of the year, Porsche fans will be keen to see exactly what engine is turning the wheels.

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