Porsche Considering Three-Cylinder Engine For 2012 Boxster

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Porsche is in the midst of developing its next-generation Boxster sports car, which has been seen undergoing testing in prototype form on a number of occasions in recent months. The new car is expected to go on sale late next year as a 2012 model and according to a new report Porsche may be planning a special fuel-efficient model.

A rumor alleging that Porsche insiders are talking about a lightweight, turbocharged four-cylinder platform for the 2012 Boxster recently began making the rounds, however, the car’s model line director, Hans-Jurgen Wohler, has revealed to Autocar that a turbocharged three-cylinder powerplant may even be possible.

Installing a downsized engine would be one way for Porsche to reduce its fleet emissions in line with tough new government standards coming into play in the U.S. and Europe over the next couple of years.

“A Boxster with a four-cylinder engine, or maybe even a three-cylinder turbo, could produce between 180 and 200 horsepower,” said Wohler. “Given the Boxster’s history--that it started with a 200 horsepower, 2.5-litre engine--I think this is possibly something that customers could accept.

The thought coincides with possible rumors of a revived 914 that could be co-branded by both VW and Porsche, targeted at different market sectors, which means the new Boxster could certainly be fitted with a compact turbocharged mill. If that’s the case, we're sure Porsche will still offer a six-cylinder option for upper range models.


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Comments (13)
  1. If the new Boxster is as light as a 356...

  2. Is it safe to say the Cayman will share these engines too? Additionally, isn't the 914/356 revival supposed to be released around the same time w/ smaller displacement engines?

  3. Does this mean the horsepower wars are finally over?

  4. Marlo, you could be right. It looks a longer than the current model. I could be the picture.

  5. A three cylinder Boxer?
    "Boxer" means two piston move oppositely outwardly at the same time. When moves the third piston outwardly?
    In unison or 180 degrees offset? Balancing may suffer.

  6. I am sure you are right about Porsche's technical ability...but a 3 cylinder Porsche sounds ridiculous. Make all Porsches diesels or diesel hybrids or twin turbo a 4 cylinder 1.5 liter turbo but I don't want to pay Porsche money for a 3 cylinder.

  7. If it's light enough, I wouldn't mind a forced induction 3 in a Boxster. 200hp would be plenty if it weighs about 2000 lbs, and it would finally give some competition to the Elise. I think it would be more appropriate to badge the triple as a 356, and call the six cylinder version the Boxster or 914/6.

  8. Finally someone sees the light that lower cylinder count can still output adequate horsepower (even for a sports car).

  9. Can a 3-cylinder flat still be considered a boxer?
    Or...will the 3-cylinder actually be flat?

  10. *opposing 3-cylinder flat

  11. Not to sure about a 3 cyl....

  12. Make a 3 cylinder Porsche Boxster and the customers will run! Away.

  13. I wouldn't mind such a car, especially if it was significantly less expensive. I don't need a fire breathing sports car, just something light, compact, nice styling (preferably sporty), fairly economical (30 MPG or better) and a hard top (my rag top days are over and I don't like the add on hard tops for the Boxster or Miata which look like an after thought - I want something that looks like the Cayman).
    Something between 150 and 200 HP would be fine in a car under 1500 kg, with an aerodynamic compact body (but something my 6'6" frame can fit into comfortable), and sporty styling are pretty much all I ask for. If I want to sow some wild oats I get on my Ducati and terrorize the streets - much more fun than any car I have ever driven. As it is, I drive a low end late model BMW 325Ci coupe, which is much larger than I need, less sporty, about 185 HP, and I am very happy with it except I would like something more compact and sporty. Most of the time most people don't need or use anything above 150 HP in a compact car.
    Oh, and please include a 6 speed DSG.

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