Porsche hasn't offered a four-cylinder engine since the 968 went out of production in 1995 – the better part of two decades ago. There'd been talk of a four-pot Boxster or an even smaller model to slot in below it, but while the latest intel indicates that Porsche is moving ahead with its four-cylinder plans, it's a different kind of vehicle that will get it first.

That, of course, would be the new Macan. Just revealed a few weeks ago at the LA Auto Show, the Macan crossover is being launched with a pair of twin-turbocharged V6 engines (a 3.0 with 340 horsepower and a 3.6 with 400 hp) and a six-cylinder turbodiesel with 258 hp. But smaller engines, according to emerging reports from Autocar and Auto Express, are on their way.

Word has it that Porsche is preparing a 2.0-liter turbo four with 280 horsepower and a diesel with the same displacement and cylinder count, engines that will power new entry-level Macan models that will slot in beneath the existing Macan S, Macan S Diesel and Macan Turbo. While the diesel is tipped to be ported over from the Volkswagen parts bin, the four-cylinder gasoline engine is said to be under development by Porsche itself, which could mean it will have a boxer layout.

Whether either of these four-cylinder engines will make the transatlantic voyage Stateside remains to be seen, but we'd be a bit surprised if the gas four doesn't appear. However, given that the Macan S Diesel doesn't appear to be heading our way with any great speed, we wouldn't count on the base Macan Diesel arriving any time soon.


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      Levine Levine
      • 1 Year Ago
      Snooze.
      James Dailey
      • 1 Year Ago
      No problem with a high-performance four cylinder, but it must have a manual transmission. I have no interest in driving an automatic (ever). I'm looking for something to replace my 2006 BMW X3 manual, and I was hoping this was it. Apparently not.
      ChaosphereIX
      • 1 Year Ago
      a Porsche in name only
        Mega Mucho
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ChaosphereIX
        Says someone who has never driven one.
        ground
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ChaosphereIX
        Perpetuate the meme.. you obviously havent driven a cayenne. You definitely feel like you are in a Porsche. Similar to the cayenne sharing very few parts from vw.. the macan is 75% Porsche parts and only 25% audi platform remains.
      Terry Actill
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's their most ordinary looking project in years so deserves a totally ordinary engine to be driven by very ordinary people.
      ralphie
      • 1 Year Ago
      Maybe this means we WILL get a manual Macan after all?
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ralphie
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          SaabStory
          • 1 Year Ago
          You do realize that you can get a manual tranny on the larger Porsche Cayenne right??
          James Dailey
          • 1 Year Ago
          I know, right? A manual, SUV with a reasonably small package (appropriate for a city) would be ideal! I have a 2006 BMW X3 m-sport manual, and there's simply nothing else like it on the market. The Cayenne is huge and the Mini Countryman is too small. You can't get a manual Tiguan, Q5, X1 or X3. I was hoping the Macan would be it... My X3 is almost 8 years old, and I guess I'll just keep it indefinitely. My next car is likely a VW GTI. I could afford more, but Audi barely offers a manual nor does BMW (in an AWD car), so I'll have to go down market.
      teamplayers99
      • 1 Year Ago
      But lets not build a small roadster because that would spoil Porsche's rich heritage
        • 1 Year Ago
        @teamplayers99
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      Justin Campanale
      • 1 Year Ago
      How about a new 968 to take on the new Supra, the 370Z, and at the higher end, the M4, C63, and to a point, the F Type? It can use a shortened version of the Panamera's platform, with extensive weight savings;the base model should be no more than 3400 pounds. 968 Base: $42 k. 2.0 turbo FLAT FOUR (also to be used in Cayman)-270 hp. 968 Diesel: $47 k. 3.0 V6-260 hp 968 Hybird-$54 k: 2.0 Turbo H4 + hybrid-290 hp 968 S: $50 k. 3.4 NA H6-340 hp. 968 GTS: $62 k 3.8 NA H6, 370 hp 968 Turbo:-$72 k: 2.5 turbo INLINE FIVE-400 hp. 968 Turbo S-$83 k: 3.4 turbo H6 (also used in Cayman Tubro)- 470 hp
        infra
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Your estimate of the Supra price is quite low. The Supra, adjusted for inflation, would cost short of $100k today. Expect it to cost somewhere around M3 territory.
        Cayman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        They had a project to do s(although there was no way they were going to do 7 different versions of it). They figured it would cut too much into 987/981 sales. The Boxster starts at $50K, so it probably doesn't make sense to come out with a competing model just $8K shy of that.
        cartarded
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Replace 2.5 turbo with 3.4 turbo. Replace the 3.4 turbo with 3.8 turbo.
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        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        no but it is rumored porsche has one in development for the boxster
      Schobz
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wonder what the power potential of the 2.0 TDI is if they made it bi-turbo.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      How about an efficient inline 6? It can be done.
      juanmj93
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd actually like to see a "Panamera Junior" with that 4 cylinder and about 300hp.
      paulwesterberg
      • 1 Year Ago
      No plug no sale.
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