2012 Porsche Boxster spy shots
Porsche officials have been talking about the possibility and development of a four-cylinder engine for the next-gen Boxster and Cayman since at least 2008. Today, a few more speculative details have emerged.
The report claims the four-cylinders will get turbocharged variants and will churn out a potent 310 and 355 horsepoer in Turbo and S models. The base four-banger is expected to turn out about 270 horsepower.
Those figures jibe well with earlier reports citing former Porsche R&D chief Wolfgang Duerheimer. The four-cylinder is claimed to displace 2.5 liters and feature direct injection as well as the optional turbo.
A hybrid Boxster model is also mentioned, with a four-cylinder engine backing it up as well, though earlier reports suggested a three-cylinder turbocharged engine could be possible as well, and that mill might pair well with a hybrid system for better efficiency and low-end torque.
We'll keep our ears to the ground as the rumors and reports begin to coalesce into firmer information. In the mean time, there's no reason not to love the 2012 Cayman R, however many cylinders it might have.