In a statement to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport magazine, Porsche confirms that it will be bringing in smaller engines for its two small sports cars. Both the Boxster and Cayman will soon be available with flat-four boxer engines.
“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,” Porsche Chief Executive Matthias Muller told the magazine.
The German automaker follows the trend of making engines smaller, in a move that marks its return to its roots. The company first introduced a flat-four engine, wherein the pistons are horizontally opposed rather than inline or in a V, back in 1938. It has offered this kind of engine until the mid 1970s. The carmaker then featured inline four-cylinder engines into the 1990s.
Now, Porsche is bringing back the flat-four engine, whose reduced weight will boost the fuel efficiency of each vehicle. The engine designed for the Boxster and Cayman is said to be derivatives of the brand’s classic six-cylinder engines. Muller said that the engine’s output was “up to 395 horsepower.”
It will also be included in Porsche’s modular engine strategy, wherein the automaker will be using common production lines and its four- and six-cylinder engines will share a number of parts.
The automaker did not specify which markets would receive the four-cylinder iterations of the Boxster and Cayman. However, Muller mentioned at the Leipzig press launch of the Porsche Macan compact SUV that the vehicle would be getting the four-cylinder engine for the Chinese market in order to meet legal requirements.
Meanwhile, Porsche will also be creating a new line of engines for its MSB platform, which may be shared with Bentley. One of the vehicles to receive the new engine family is the next-generation Panamera, which is expected to arrive in the market in 2017.
In a report by Autocar UK, the Panamera is one of the models to get the all-new V6 and V8 petrol engines, which will be sportier compared to the V6 and V8 engines being developed for Volkswagen and Audi.
“Porsche will have its own new V8 that will be common to the new MSB platform,” Porsche chief engineer Wolfgang Hatz announced at the Geneva Motor Show. “It’s a family for the next 10 years of cars.”
Porsche previously created its own V8 and V6 for the current Panamera and Cayenne models, but the brand was not yet part of the Volkswagen Group during the engines’ development.
The company have yet to say which models aside from the Porsche marque will use the new engine family.
The advanced MSB platform that Porsche is currently developing will be underpinning sporty and luxurious front-engined models with rear and four-wheel drives. It will be designed to include high-strength steel and lightweight aluminum as parts and created to meet high-speed performance criteria.
Bentley is likely to utilize the platform, but has yet to commit its next-generation Continental GT and Flying Spur models for its use. The brand may use the MLB structure instead, which is used to underpin several Audi models.
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