Porsche has announced its Boxster and Cayman models will soon get a number as well as a name. That number is 718 – which Porsche fans will immediately recognise from the firm’s racing history as the designation given to a series of open-top racing cars between 1957 and 1962.
The name change coincides with a mid-life makeover that is also set to introduce four-cylinder turbo engines. The Porsche 718 Cayman and Porsche 718 Boxster will join the modern line-up in 2016.
Initial information on the new turbo engine range was that it would span from 1.6 to 2.5 litres, but more recent information suggests the 718 Cayman and Boxster will use 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre variants initially.
We expect the regular Cayman and Boxster to be powered by the 2.0-litre, producing approximately 179kW, while the S and GTS variants will use the 2.5, with 225kW and 275kW respectively. As this suggests, the turbos will replace the current naturally aspirated line-up in its entirety. So no more six-cylinder Boxsters or Caymans – although we’ve got our fingers crossed for a reprieve when it comes to the next GT4 model…
According to Porsche the 2016 Boxster will be positioned at a higher price level than the Cayman – as is done for the 911 models. This reverses the current situation, which has always seen the more heavily performance orientated Cayman priced higher than the Boxster.
The 919 Hybrid LMP1 racer that won Le Mans and the overall FIA World Endurance Championship this year also uses a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine, albeit in unusual V4 configuration, so Porsche is not unfamiliar with four-cylinder propulsion in the modern era.