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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 BillyBatson on 3/24/2014 12:36:47 PM , Rating: 0
And is complete plastic crap in comparison.... a corvette is not the way to go unless going as fast as possible on the smallest budget is your main goal and that goal would be quickly dashed away after the first speeding ticket at which point you would probably default to driving legal speeds again and what is under the hood stops to matter.

RE: Balloon in price?
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 3/24/2014 12:40:00 PM , Rating: 2
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.

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