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2015 Porsche Boxster GTS
Porsche's new four-cylinder engine family will produce up to 395 hp

We’ve seen a number of mainstream and luxury car manufacturers downsize their engines over the past few years in an aim to boost fuel economy while maintaining performance. Companies like Ford have jumped on the bandwagon with its EcoBoost engines, and even BMW has joined the fray by introducing a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine to replace its naturally aspirated 3.0-liter straight-six.
 
It now looks as though Porsche too has been bitten by the fuel efficiency bug, and will add a turbocharged four-cylinder engine to its next generation Boxster and Cayman.
 
“We will continue with the downsizing strategy and develop a new four-cylinder boxer engine, which will see service in the next-generation Boxster and Cayman,” said Porsche CEO Matthias Muller, in a recent interview with Auto Motor und Sport. “We will not separate ourselves from efforts to reduce CO2.”
 
The Boxster and Cayman currently use normally aspirated flat-six engines that range from 2.7 to 3.4 liters, and generate up to 330 hp (in GTS trim). However, Muller says that the new turbocharged four-cylinder engine family will produce up to 395 hp and we should see dramatic increases in low-end torque as well.


2015 Porsche Cayman GTS
 
Seeing as how the mid-engine Boxster and Cayman are all about handling first and foremost, they will use a flat-four engine (which lowers the vehicle’s center of gravity) instead of a run-of-the-mill inline-four. The engine will also be based on the flat-six used in the 911, so both engines can share parts and production facilities.
 
Besides improving efficiency and lowering emissions, lower-end four-cylinder engines could help Porsche lower the price of entry for the Boxster. When the 986 Boxster was introduced in ’96, it was priced at just under $40,000. The current 981 Boxster starts at $50,400 (although good luck finding a stripper Boxster).

Source: Automotive News



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RE: Balloon in price?
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 3/24/2014 10:58:39 AM , Rating: 3
You're right, I didn't take into account inflation. I just had in the back of my mind how expensive Porsches have gotten. A base 911 Carrera S is $98,000. Just boggles my mind.


RE: Balloon in price?
By BRB29 on 3/24/2014 11:10:50 AM , Rating: 2
$98k is actually pretty good when you look at all the limited production, high performance, heritage-branded sports cars.

Although i would pick an Aston Martin mainly for looks and R8 for its function, I would say the 911 is bargain priced compared to the Aston or R8.


RE: Balloon in price?
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 3/24/2014 11:17:02 AM , Rating: 4
Then a C7 Vette Z51 must be a steal ;)


RE: Balloon in price?
By Jeffk464 on 3/24/2014 12:19:33 PM , Rating: 3
Yup, I would take the base 2015 vette over a Porsche every time. Looks better, costs less, and is no doubt more reliable, and no I don't care which one is half a second faster on which track.


RE: Balloon in price?
By BRB29 on 3/24/2014 12:31:30 PM , Rating: 2
The Vette has always been a steal. Some people want the "exotic" part.

But seriously, they drive completely different. I don't think people who really track these cars will ever cross shop those two.

The Cayman S performs better than the 911. It is also a great everyday car. Can't say the same for the Vette or 911. If I was to pick between the 3 and price doesn't matter, I would pick the Cayman S.


RE: Balloon in price?
By Mint on 3/25/2014 1:29:43 PM , Rating: 2
I think the Cayman (and Boxster now that it's so similar) being so good is the real reason behind this move as opposed to efficiency.

Porsche wants some differentiation with the 911, so that buyers who can afford $100k+ don't go down to the Cayman, but they don't want to gimp the Cayman's performance. The sound/feel/heritage of a 911-exclusive V6 will make the car more special.


RE: Balloon in price?
By BillyBatson on 3/24/14, Rating: 0
RE: Balloon in price?
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 3/24/2014 12:40:00 PM , Rating: 2
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And is complete plastic crap in comparison.


The C5 and C6 Vette... definitely so with regards to the interior at least. The C7 on the other hand... I wouldn't go that far.


RE: Balloon in price?
By BillyBatson on 3/25/2014 9:06:41 PM , Rating: 2
I would. Vettes are all the same. The quality just isn't there, the aesthetics isn't there, and the respect isn't there considering the bette is popular only in the US and I happen not to be a redneck or a fan of nascar. In defense of the bette though I don't think the United States makes a single sport car worth buying. European all the way.


RE: Balloon in price?
By Jeffk464 on 3/24/2014 1:56:40 PM , Rating: 2
Well yeah, none of these cars make any sense at all on public roads, they basically just have a cool factor. But to be real you aren't going to be going any faster than a Honda Accord.


RE: Balloon in price?
By Flunk on 3/24/2014 4:13:57 PM , Rating: 2
True, but it doesn't make them any less fun.


RE: Balloon in price?
By Reclaimer77 on 3/25/2014 8:20:10 PM , Rating: 2
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A base 911 Carrera S is $98,000. Just boggles my mind.


That price is just stupid imo. For a base Carrera S, those Germans be crazy.

Bye bye Porsche, hello Nissan GT-R.


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