• Sep 10, 2008
The iconic 911 must be feeling like a bit of an outsider at Porsche. The German automaker keeps on throwing all sorts of different models into the mix to keep the 911 company, but the little rear-engined sportscar continues on as it always has. In recent years, Porsche has launched a mid-engined V10 supercar (Carrera GT), a mammoth SUV (Cayenne), a pair of junior sportscars (Cayman and Boxster) that have encroached on its territory, and is even gearing up to launch a four-door sedan (Panamera). New reports indicate that Stuttgart is even considering trying its hand at four cylinders again.

Now before you go and cringe, realize that Porsche has a long history of four-bangers. The most recent were the 944 and 924 models of the '70s and '80s, but remember that even the original 356 had four cylinders. In any event, Porsche says it's not looking to launch a four-cylinder model anytime soon, but that should the need arise, it would be prepared to lob a couple of cylinders off the 911's boxer six to make a flat four with a likely displacement of (drop the remainder, carry the one...) 2.4 liters. With the current socio-economic climate, Porsche might find demand for a four-banger before it can say Zuffenhausen.

[Source: drive.com.au]



I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 34 Comments
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would love to see this happen. I have a 911 now but I've also had a 944 Turbo and it was a great car. I would love to see what a current 4 cylinder turbo from Porsche would do. I hope they decide to bring it back.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "The most recent were the 944 and 924 models of the '70s and '80s."

      Even more recent was the 968 of the '90s.
        • 6 Years Ago
        924/944 had inline 4 engines, most of them mass produced by VAG. That was not ok. If they are to use 4 cyl engines in the future, I hope the new ones will be Porsche designed flat 4s.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, I thought they would remember that...... it's kind of notable, being the 2nd largest 4 cylinder ever made in production. 3.0 is huge!

        Also, I think a modern 944 would be kickass. I love mine. Looks a little dated, but it's still sharp in my eye.
        • 6 Years Ago
        To clear up some misinformation.

        The 944 S2 (16v 3.0) was produced from 1989-1991 - largest 4 cylinder engine. The 968 was produced from 1992-1996 and had the same 16v 3.0 but with variable valve timing. The 16v was an adaption of the standard 944 2.5 liter with a unique dohc design - most of the engine remained a sohc unit but an extra cam was added and a chain to run the 2nd cam from the first one.

        The 924 had a VAG 2.0 engine in it. The 944 and 924S had a true Porsche designed and built engine - basically the 928 v8 literally lopped in half. That is why they have dual balance shafts to keep the engine smooth. 2.5 liters 8v sohc.

        The 944 and 924S were perfect 50/50 weight distribution - engine front / tranny rear. Had a liveable backseat (bigger than 911) and could carry children comfortably up to 80-90 lbs and it had a hatchback that created lots of storage room. I've owned 5 different 944s and now race one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah, there is the old school 912, that was 1970's 911's with those 2.0L flat fours in them, or the big old 3.0 4's 968's. But a super light porsche would be fun.
        • 6 Years Ago
        1976 912e, the best 4 banger Porsche ever. Very light, responsive, more neutral handling than the 911 with less lift throttle oversteer, cheaper than a 911 and very reliable. I've read about Porsche owners who have like 5+ Porsches and the '76 912e is part of the stable. I think the '76 had a bigger, and more powerful flat 4 than the earlier 912s.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It would be awesome if EA got around to making a new Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed to include all these new models. We could even have an off-road mode for the Cayenne.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ha, i just rediscovered that game, it's so good, i'm not even much of a Porsche fan but i sure wouldn't mind if they made another one.
      Derek
      • 6 Years Ago
      More 4 cylinder, turbocharged engines. I've been saying this for years now. Make them diesel if you like. Plenty of torque, good amount of power, enough for *most* people.

      That said, since when did people driving Porsche's start worrying about fuel economy?
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Derek
        Porsche drivers began to care about fuel economy when it became the trendy thing to do, just as a Prius is used in Hollywood as a fashion statement by celebs. I was at the Porsche/Audi dealership getting my car serviced the other day and a guy was shopping for his second new Porsche and mentioned to the salesman that his wife owned a Prius, trendy purchases don't always have to be expensive (see also the Smart Car).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Economic decline? like Porsche owners need to worry about what gas mileage they're getting!
      • 6 Years Ago
      What about the old 3.0 4-banger? A twin turbo DI setup on that could mean some crazy numbers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Grab a gas and a diesel motor from VW, get a golf platform and throw either engine in the back. Make it strictly a 2 seater with a minimal interior, tune the sh.. out of it and price it at 30k. Make a track day special and a street version.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A rebirth of the 4's could be a great thing! I daily drive a 944 Turbo tuned a hair past S specs. We're talking a car that does 0-60 in 5.5, 1/4 at 13.9, tops out between 160 & 170, and returns this reader 24mpg combined per tank, not a day passing without the RPMs & boost maxing out numerous times. In addition to its straight line stats, its handling was on par with (to slightly beyond) the 911s of its day and even the 911 Turbo that came after it. All more proof that this company can do truly great things with a 4-banger.

      What I'd love to see would be a lightweight cab-forward MR positioned with less creature comforts than the Boxter/Cayenne and significantly better performance -- something to line up against the Elise, for instance.
      • 6 Years Ago
      My 1997 Boxster had been my most reliable car ever, virtually trouble free. My impressions are that Porsches are extremely well made and built to last, and superior to every other German brand. If you drive a Boxster or Cayman on the track, it's a revelation. The handling is surreal. My Corvette that replaced it gets the job done (and gets the job done rather comfortably as well) at far higher limits and speed, but not as beautifully as the Boxster in terms of the combination of sensations that it delivers. Now that cannot be factored in dollars and cents.

      Now problem with Porsche is that they are a high cost and low volume producer. A cheaper 4-cylinder engine doesn't necessarily cut much into their costs even if it is sourced from elsewhere. That's why they decided to skip 4-cylinder engines with the Boxster.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I have a feeling Porsche would not be pricing any 4 cylinder models more than $5k below the cost of the base 6's in the Boxster/Cayman class, and it would be unlikely in the 911 (Though a new 912 would be pretty cool to see).

      I read in Car this month that the upcoming Audi sports car concept, to be shared with a VW will not be allowed to have anything other than a 4 cylinder, as not to tread on Porsche's territory. In light of such a familial hierarchy, where does this leave Porsche's plans?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think it would be a great idea if Porsche built a 4cylinder car, this is where they came from originally with the VW based car of 1949 the 356/2.They have built many great 4 cylinder cars from the RSK through the 968.As for some of the talk of certain cars "outperforming" a Boxter, this might be true when it comes to 0-100km/h,but in the twisties I honestly doubt many of those other cars would keep up.As for the comment about Porsche quality,well let's just say that everytime I have read a J.D Powers survey it seems that Porsche is at the top of the survey in problems per 100 cars.I am not going to B.S anybody and hide my bias( I am a fan) but for what they are generally Porsche makes a solid car,that is practical (as far as sports cars go) and reliable.I will concede however that they are a bit over the top pricewise and are definitely not as cheap to maintain as a mainstream brand.So if you look at Porsche Boxter and compare it to something more common ie; Pontiac Soltice GX, the Soltice initially gives you more bang for your buck. But one caveat,"you get what you pay for", that applies to resale and fit/finish.
    • Load More Comments