Porsche recently introduced a four-cylinder version of the new Macan for markets outside of North America, carrying Zuffenhausen's first four-pot since the 968 ended its production run the better part of two decades ago. But you can bet the compact crossover won't be the only Porsche to get the four banger before all's said and done. These spy shots, we're told, are evidence of just that.

Spotted undergoing testing at the Nürburgring (where else), this modified Boxster, our spy photographers tell us, sounds more like a four-cylinder engine than the flat six that's powered (in displacements ranging from 2.5 liters to 3.4) every version of the little roadster since its introduction in 1996, the year after the last four-cylinder Porsche ended production.

The test mule is also wearing modified wheel arches and aerodynamic aids under the bumpers, front and rear. Just what they're doing there we're not sure, but we'll probably find out sooner or later.


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      icemilkcoffee
      • 7 Months Ago
      I just realize how much this car looks like the Toyota MR Spyder.
      raughle1
      • 7 Months Ago
      Gotta get the cafe numbers up now that they're selling all those gas hogging crossovers.
      Thornton
      • 7 Months Ago
      The 914 will live again
      Teleny411
      • 7 Months Ago
      Actually I think a Boxster with an 8 cylinder would get more of my attention.
      James Dailey
      • 7 Months Ago
      Bring 4-cylinder Boxsters to the US! Let's face it, Porsches already have far more power than is actually usable here in the US with our unending traffic and low speed limits. But we can all appreciate light weight, a rigid, balanced chassis, and great design regardless of speed. I wish the US would tax gas like Europe and build mass transit. Then, we'd open up the road enough to really appreciate a Porsche and liberate people from the tyranny of traffic.
      Bird2112
      • 7 Months Ago
      Four cylinders for the next gen Boxster and Cayman are done deals. The entry level 4 will be a turbo and will have more HP than the current S models. Don't expect lower prices.
        bonehead
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Bird2112
        The current S models as so insanely expensive that they cannot raise the price and lose cylinders, that is for sure
      bonehead
      • 7 Months Ago
      Im all for a 4 cylinder if priced and spec'd right. One thing i dont particularly like about the boxster is its exhaust note. It has never had a very desirable sound to me, and perhaps a high reving 4 cylinder could sound better. I generally prefer 6s and 8s but the boxster is just missing the right sound to me. It should sound more like a 6 cylinder Golf R.
      Ted
      • 7 Months Ago
      4cyl ? Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...................................
      PatrickH
      • 7 Months Ago
      Just make it stop. I can't stand hearing news like this.
      dluxdlitz
      • 7 Months Ago
      Actually, unless someone has run the license plate and verified this is a factory Porsche, I'd be this is a test mule for a suspension mod company. The huge wheels, lowered suspension and the masking tape around the wheel openings is suspicious to me. Although this thing may have sounded different to the photographer, it was probably just a modded exhaust. Time will tell!
      Lachmund
      • 7 Months Ago
      amazing..seems like the rumors that Porsche will release a sub Boxster model are true!
      Richard Nygaard
      • 7 Months Ago
      If you search google you will see Porsche is confirming this. A turbo 4 cyl with max power at 395. https://home.autonews.com/clickshare/authenticateUserSubscription.do?CSProduct=autonews-premium&CSAuthReq=1:773536528648356:AID:ED4A197A7824E02033AEA02E413226CF&AID=/20140331/OEM06/140329851&title=Porsche%20confirms%204-cylinder%20engine%20for%20Cayman%2C%20Boxster&CSTargetURL=http://www.autonews.com/article/20140331/OEM06/140329851/porsche-confirms-4-cylinder-engine-for-cayman-boxster
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