• Jan 18, 2011
Autocar reports that Porsche is hard at work on whipping up a new four-cylinder to power everything from the oft-rumored small Porsche as well as the Boxster, Cayman and potentially even the 911. While speaking at the Detroit Auto Show, Wolfgang Durheimer, the head of research and development for the automaker, said that Porsche was already slaving over the four-pot and that it could potentially be applied to models outside of the upcoming sub-Boxster model.

There was some indication that the smaller Porsche would borrow bits from a sister car built by Volkswagen and Audi, and while that route would certainly cut down on development costs for all three cars, Porsche seems to be bent on powering its version with a beating heart designed and developed in house.

If you're still reeling from the thought of a four-cylinder 911, breathe easy. Durheimer said that for the time being, Porsche plans to keep to the flat-six for its bread-and-butter sports machine, though there's no telling what the far-off future could bring.

[Source: Autocar]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Try reading the first few pages before you link to articles about topics already covered on Autoblog.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The new 911 has continued the pattern of bigger/more powerful. It would take a totally new car to really make use of a new smaller engine. I see no reason why a flat 4 cayman/boxter would not be completely awesome.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Mid-engined cars cost too much to build, develop, and maintain.

        Imo, it would be a lot cooler if they lopped 2 cylinders off the 3.8L and then built a new front engined 944 successor that beat the new FT-86 and the new Subaru version. The twin turbo version would be ridiculously juicy.
      • 3 Years Ago
      As long as its flat, I don't care how many cylinders it has. A Porsche with an inline or V motor is wrong.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Bring back the 928.
        Best GT Porsche ever made.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Porsche began with 4 cyl engines. Duh.

      There's a long, long history of terrific 4-cyl Porches: 904 GTS, Speedster, 356 Carrera, 550 Spyder and even 944, 944S2, 944 Turbo and 968.

      Bring it on - again.
      • 3 Years Ago
      VW secretly wants to destroy Porsche.

      No more new models for Porsche... other than a 928 successor in the form of a Panamera Coupe'.

      No small SUV, no small 4 door car, no mini boxster, nothing!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice to see 'em getting back to their roots.
      • 3 Years Ago
      968 FTW
        • 3 Years Ago
        968 Turbo RS!
        • 3 Years Ago
        944 Turbo!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Sorry, but 968 not as pretty as 944.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Agreed. Porsche has a long history of models with bespoke 4 cylinder engines- 356, 912, 944, and 968.
        • 3 Years Ago
        914 (
        • 3 Years Ago
        Of course, Porsche made its name in racing with 4-cylinder engines in small cars -- the 550, the 904, the 356. Even today, power to weight is key.

        And an updated 904 would be ... a Very Delicious Thing.
        • 3 Years Ago
        hmmm... don't know why the commenting system cropped this???
        914 - YES it is a Porsche, i don't care what others say
        924
      • 3 Years Ago
      The fact that Porsche can get 600+ HP out of a 6 cylinder with less than 4 liters, I no longer flinch as much about them doing a 4 cylinder for their smaller and "entry" level models. In fact, 10 years from now there will be so many electric cars without any pistons that we'll look back and think wtf happened?
      • 3 Years Ago
      they are preparing for their entry into F1 in 2013. ferrari is going to be kicked to the side when they laugh at the 4 cylinder, turbo porsches in their street car. then in 2 years when F1 switches to the smaller motors porsches been engineering the F1 version well ahead of time, and ferrari gets beat by a VW/Porsche entry
      • 3 Years Ago
      A "911" with a 4-cylinder would actually be a 912.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Girl at school had a flawless black 912E. I was green with envy. I took my white 911 (964) to school, but I was still green with envy. Her car was gorgeous, and she was quite amazing looking herself. Good memories. :)
      • 3 Years Ago
      VW bits? Four cylinder? 356 redux. How about a true modern Speester then??? I am talking no AC, no power anything and maybe a radio. Probably no profit either. Catch 22.
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