• Nov 3, 2008
Porsche doesn't currently offer anything with fewer than six cylinders, but much of the German automaker's illustrious history was made with boxer-style four-cylinder engines, starting with the iconic 356. Following stories in September of a new entry-level Porsche model to slot just below the Boxster are new rumors indicating that the next-gen Boxster itself will be endowed with a new four-banger.

A big reason that the sportscar maker is said to be considering losing two precious cylinders are emissions standards and the growing pressure to reduce fuel consumption. To wit, Porsche's 2.7L flat-six in the current Boxster and Cayman is the most efficient powerplant the automaker offers and still emits 222g/km of carbon into the atmosphere, a figure that's way too high for upcoming European standards. So it's clear Porsche must do something to improve its poor emissions and fuel consumption figures. The hard part will be doing so without angering its hardcore customer base in the process.


[Source: Autocar]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Euro CO2 standards are ridiculous. If neutering great cars like this makes even the slightest difference in global climate change I'll hang up my helmet forever.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well, Porsche can still be a great car with 4 cylinders. All they have to do is put their engineering minds to it. They can also seize this opportunity like RUF has and make an electric Porsche.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A lot can be done to make a great 4 cylinder. But only one thing to make it tolerable, and that's weight reduction.

      Instead of making environmental compromises, it would be great to see them give both sides a present.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Makes loads of sense, 2.0T from Audi is a great idea. I hate how Porsche wants to raid VW/Audi.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Using a VW/Audi engine in the Boxster would ruin it, but I would be perfectly fine with the Porsche engine in an Audi/VW!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think it would be a mistake to use anything from Audi and VW's parts bin. They need to keep it (somewhat) traditional and make their own flat-four. I'd be pretty excited about a Porsche-built 2.5 liter turbo 4-cylinder sitting behind the seats of the Boxter/Cayman. Mate that to an AWD system and I'll take my Porsche Cayman Turbo in black, please.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As if the Boxster wasn't already feminine enough.

      I'm so getting flamed for this...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well I won't be doing the flaming. I agree almost 99 percent.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As some have mentioned, that 3L 4 cyl in the 968 was an amazing engine, building on the 924/944 heritage. A modern D.I. version (and a turbo version, dammit!) would be the smart choice.


      On a side note, I almost had a 968 last summer...the body, engine and 6sp tranny were in great shape. The interior, not so much. Damn shame.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm with the comment above. They've already had a 2.5L F6 in the Boxster, so why not a 2.3-2.5L turbo F-6?

      Heck, I'd even be interested in a diesel Boxster, if it had an engine like in the BMW 123d.
      Michael D.
      • 6 Years Ago
      In regard to this article, which made the rounds on other auto-related sites - what I want to find out is, will a 4-cylinder Boxter (if one materializes) be an entry-level edition for a more attractive price point, as well as bringing up MPG averages as well as lowering CO2 footprints, and will the six-cyl. edition Boxers be available as upgrade models, or is a 4-banger Boxter taking the place of the six where a six will not be offered? All I can say is if a 4-cyl. Boxter replaces a six-cyl. boxter, that would certainly be a disappointment in Porsche. Like most and all vehicles mentioned in this thread, Porsche is NOT about humility!
      • 6 Years Ago
      As long as it's a 4cyl that they've designed and not some hunk of crap borrowed from VW, I wouldn't have a problem with a 4cyl Porsche.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't know...the EA888 2.0 TFSI is a pretty awesome engine. It doesn't lack low-end torque either; it's almost as torquey as a diesel.

        I could easily see it used in the base Boxster.
        • 6 Years Ago
        hulk of crap... u mean like the v6 Porsche uses in their SUV? the 2.0T is a fine engine, look for Porsche to use it in 250+ hp guise, it's why they're fighting so hard to purchase and gain access to all of vw's assets This news is awesome provided it leads to a small, light, turbo 4 powered mid engine vw, like the one we’re supposed to see in LA. Per the ‘hardcore’ boxter audience, bwahahahaha. That made my day!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree. Make it a real Porsche engine and give it a turbo.

        I vote they bring back the 944. Used to own one and loved it.

        Perhaps with direct injection increasing the hp they can decrease the displacement of their current engines. Would not be the end of the world if 911s shunk a little along with their engine size. Even the current gen boxster is a bit large for what it is supposed to be.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The NA 3.0L "four" in the 968 pumped out a reliable 237hp @ 6200rpm, and more significantly a solid 225 lbs/ft at 4100. While that torque curve is peakier than the flat 6 base engines, it still trumps the power output of 1997's debut Boxster 2.5.

        I also think market perception will be ready for a 4 cyl porsche in terms of image, as long as they don't dump a ton of them on the market. Priced fairly exclusively, and sold in comparatively limited numbers they shouldn't impact Porsche negatively at all.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If they have to go the four cylinder route, at least do what Yamaha did with 2009 R1 and use a crossplane crankshaft, at least with thisconfiguration the car will not sound like a pos four cylinder.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Carbon emission is only 22 grams more than limit. Don't be such a dramawhore.
      • 6 Years Ago
      cool, so now there will be Golfs with more cylinders than a Porsche. Talk about whoring out...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nastinupe: That's always a potential problem with small engines regardless of cylinder count. But like you said... Subaru does pretty good with their 4s, so it's hardly impossible.

      And Porsche has always worked with small engines... Even the Cayenne's V8 is only 4.5L iirc, I think their largest 6 currently is all of 3.8 (which is big for a 6, granted, but still a small engine). The engines in the 911s that I've driven have all been very responsive and fairly torquey, even at low speeds. I think if anyone can engineer a small displacement engine that's got a broad powerband, Porsche would be the company to do it.
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