Mller: US-Bound Porsche Boxster, Cayman To Gain Four-Cylinder Engines Next Year

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon

Over 20 years ago, Porsche sold its last four-cylinder model in the United States. By the middle of 2016, this will all change.

Porsche CEO Matthias Müller said the Cayman and Boxster will be the first U.S.-bound models to have flat-four engines, Automotive News reports. Müller also let it be known other models for the U.S. market could receive flat-fours if consumer demand calls for them.

The new four-pot is expected to be turbocharged, with 2.0- and 2.5-liter engines likely in the offing. Müller says maximum output could be as high as 395 horsepower, as well.

For now, the only four-cylinder model available is the Macan sold in China and the United Kingdom. Whether it will be among those heading over to the U.S. is undecided.

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Cameron Aubernon
Cameron Aubernon

Seattle-based writer, blogger, and photographer for many a publication. Born in Louisville. Raised in Kansas. Where I lay my head is home.

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  • Ellomdian Ellomdian on May 18, 2015

    Porsche is expanding it's engine line-up downwards. Great! Oh, the Turbo-4 is the new base model with the old base model's price? Ewwwww....

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    • Racer-esq. Racer-esq. on May 18, 2015

      @JMII For both Porsche and the Mustang it is just a return to past configurations.

  • Sportyaccordy Sportyaccordy on May 18, 2015

    This is not Porsche's choice. It's a shame, and I think a decontented twin scroll turbo 2.7L F6 would have been enough, but this thing will still be the dynamic champ in its range with better fuel economy and more street friendly grunt. It's not the end of the world.

  • NoGoYo NoGoYo on May 18, 2015

    The only way I'd buy a four cylinder Porsche is if they put the motor in the front and called it a 944.

    • Maymar Maymar on May 19, 2015

      What about renaming the Boxster the 914? Maybe even adding the little structural bar and a Targa roof?

  • HotPotato HotPotato on May 19, 2015

    And 3, 2, 1 until someone compares a 4-cylinder Boxster to a 914... Oh heck, I'll do it. I had a 1973 914 and it was a hoot, with the weight and reflexes of a 4-wheeled motorcycle, but it packed all of 72 horsepower. That was actually pretty impressive; lacking the 914's electronic fuel injection, my buddy's British sports car had all of 51 hp. Bringing the 914 up to 96 hp cost me several years, several thousands, and several girlfriends. So...395hp from a 4-cyl? Sign me up.