These days, we've seen just about every automaker dropping cylinders in an effort to appease tightening fuel economy and emission standards – and Porsche is no exception. Nearly three years after introducing an all-new V6 powerplant under the front hood of its Panamera sedan (launched with a range of V8 engines) comes word that Porsche is working on an all-new turbocharged flat-four boxer to replace the flat-six engines mid-mounted in its Cayman and Boxster models.
We have had quite a series of stories from Porsche regarding its "issues" adapting to greener motoring. With that in mind, listen to this: Porsche might be thinking of installing 4-cylinder engines into some models. Well, to be precise, Thomas Krickelberg, Porsche's head of powertrain development, has revealed that the six-cylinder engines found in the 911 had been designed so that they could have the number of cylinders reduced to cope with the EU's CO2 regulations. How will the sports cars kee