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Coming Soon: A New Four-Cylinder Porsche

Posted in auto industry, Car Tech, News, Porsche by Kurt Ernst | September 7th, 2011 | 5 Responses |

Porsche's 968 was the last model to feature a four-cylinder engine. Image: Andreas Behn

In the world of Porsche, a four-cylinder engine is nothing new. In fact, their heritage building four-bangers dates back to 1938 and the Porsche 64. This was followed by the 1.6-liter flat four used in the 356 and 912, the 1.5-liter used in the 550, and all the variants of four cylinder engine used in the 914. Then came water-cooled four cylinders, starting with the 2.5 liter inline-four used in the 924 and 944, and ending with the 3.0-liter used in the Porsche 944 and 968. While Zuffenhausen has plenty of experience with four-cylinder engines, they haven’t put one in a production car since the 968 went out of production in 1995.

That’s about to change, since Porsche is well under way developing two four-cylinder boxer engines for their upcoming entry-level roadster. The car will feature a mid-engine, rear drive layout, and will likely be built on a platform shared by Porsche Audi and VW. Building a new engine just for one model doesn’t make financial sense, so Porsche will likely broaden the engine’s scope to encompass the Boxster and Cayman models as well.

Before Porschephiles cry “foul,” rumor has it that the larger of the two engines, a 2.5-liter, will make up to 380 horsepower in it’s most-entertaining variant. That’s 70 more than the flat-six in the Boxster S currently puts out, from a smaller and lighter package. The new engines will also be essential to improving Porsche’s CAFE numbers, critical to ensuring the automaker’s future in the U.S. market.

Source: Autoweek

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5 Responses

  1. Allen Gmc says:

    I am guessing those engines are mainly to meet the CAFE efficiency mileage numbers by 2015 or something like that. Porsche in my mind is a prestige brand; it wouldn’t be prestige anymore if everyone can afford it. It should be out of reach for most people because it’s a luxury brand. I say this even though I myself can’t afford it… It devalues a brand once they start marketing for everyone. Maybe make the engine more efficient for CAFE but still keep it pricey? …

    • alex says:

      Honestly, that sounds retarded to say, but I agree with you completely.

      Example: I don’t want to see four-cylinder Ferrari’s more than mustangs and hondas on the roads. That takes away the rarity and exclusiveness of the car.

      And mid-engine? Does this have to do with their supercar? I hope they dont stick a 4 cylinder in that thing lol.

      • Kurt Ernst says:

        @alex, no you won’t see a 4 cylinder in the 918. You WILL see a four-banger in their new “entry level” roadster (which will still be expensive enough to keep the riff-raff out), as well as in the Boxster and Cayman.

        Also, both the Boxster and Cayman are mid-engined cars. The 911 is rear-engine, rear drive, while the Panamera and Cayenne are front engine / rear drive.

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