Porsche Boxster, Cayman Four-Pot Turbo Details Released

Mark Stevenson
by Mark Stevenson

According to CAR (via AutoGuide), the next round of Porsche Boxsters and Caymans will have turbocharged, four-cylinder powerplants ranging from 240 to 370 bhp. Porsche could also position a base model Cayman below the Boxster depending on region.

The British outlet says the Cayman and Boxster will become four-cylinder-only affairs, except for top-end specials such as the GT4.

The new engines will make do with a single fixed-vane turbocharger and measure in from 2 to 2.5 liters in displacement. The base model Boxster and Cayman will produce 240 bhp from its 2-liter turbo. S models will get a 60 bhp bump to 300 bhp from ita 2.5-liter four. GTS models crank up the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine another 70 bhp to 370 bhp.

The 370 bhp, 2.5-liter engine in the GTS will be the most powerful four cylinder money can buy, though not necessarily the most power dense ( Mercedes will still wear that crown).

CAR says a base model Cayman could also be priced below the Boxster in order to “increase awareness and boost sales”.

We will likely see the next-generation Boxster and Cayman at 2015 IAA Frankfurt for release in early 2016.

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  • Carguy Carguy on Aug 02, 2015

    While the loss of the 3.4 flat six will be sad, no one will miss the gutless 2.7. A well designed turbo 4 will most likely be an improvement.

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    • Stuki Stuki on Aug 03, 2015

      @mcs 4s are fine. Small-Turbo 4s not so much. Even in what is probably it's most exciting rendition, the FiST, it makes for a disjointed experience when driven "sportily." As if the pace of the chassis is dancing around the lethargic lump of an engine. Kind of like a Buell bike (Buell, Not EBR.) The S2000, another 4, was about as diametrically opposed to that as you can get. Perfect for a sports car, although hardly ideal for a luxury car.

  • Gasser Gasser on Aug 02, 2015

    Will this base 2.0T be shared with the family? i.e. end up in the Audi and possibly some model of VW with only a bit of detuning??

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    • Jacob Jacob on Aug 04, 2015

      If, I hope, it's an opposite 2.0L engine then highly unlikely.

  • MRF 95 T-Bird MRF 95 T-Bird on Aug 02, 2015

    I wish Subaru would design a rear or mid-engined sports car or roadster since they already have a few compact and powerful versions of the flat-4 or 6. A Japanese Porsche, modern MR2 or NSX like vehicle would be quite a halo.

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    • Sportyaccordy Sportyaccordy on Aug 03, 2015

      All Subaru needs to do is up the displacement in the BRZ. It's as good as a base Cayman for half the $$$, dynamically.

  • Jacob Jacob on Aug 04, 2015

    Finally Porsche is willing to acknowledge that the 2-door Cayman must cost less than the Boxster roadster it is based on. In any other manufacturer's catalog, the roadster is always a lot more expensive than the coupe or sedan it is based on. But in Porsche's world, it is the reverse. The Cayman, which is based on Boxster, is a lot more expensive than the donor roadster, and not much cheaper than the 911. No wonder barely anyone wants to buy a Cayman. If you drive a Porsche car with a ridiculous name "Cayman" and an engine that has been nerfed in order to be slower than a 911, at least there's gotta be some kind of value argument for someone to buy it. I was personally expecting that the Boxster would cost no more than than a BMW Z4 (then being about the same speed on track), and Cayman a little cheaper.