Porsche has announced that the heavily revised versions of the Porsche Boxster and Cayman, due for launch in 2016, will be renamed 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman.
The new designation is a nod to the giant-killing 718 sports racing car, built from 1957 to 1962.
Among a raft of changes, the biggest is the adoption of a new 2.0-litre, flat-four turbo engine that will feature in both base model and ‘S’ versions of the Boxster and Cayman. Porsche has yet to confirm power outputs, but in both guises the new motor is thought to be more powerful than the old naturally-aspirated flat-six. They will be more economical, which is the whole point of the exercise.
Porsche says: “The 718 model series is a continuation of the proven four-cylinder concept and the history of distinguished Porsche sports cars.” Indeed, Porsche built four-cylinder cars from its inception in the late Forties up until the mid-Nineties. And the 919 Hybrid that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2015 uses a V4 unit. But we won’t be surprised if the 718’s engine still meets resistance from purists.
Other changes for the Porsche 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman will include styling and interior updates and revised chassis settings. The Boxster will also be repositioned as a pricier option than the Cayman for the first time, Porsche pointing out that the open-top 911 costs more than the coupe.
No launch date has been set for either car yet, but we expect them to debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
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By Only Motors