Next-generation Porsche Boxster could get turbocharged 3-cylinder

Facing a great deal of pressure from EU law makers to reduce emissions, Porsche is planning on offering its next-generation Boxster with a new 4-cylinder or even a turbocharged 3-cylinder. According to the Boxster model line director Hans-Jurgen Wohler, Porsche is planning to offer an entry-level model with a downsized engine in a move that will help it reduce fleet emissions.

“A Boxster with a four-cylinder engine, or maybe even a three-cylinder turbo, could produce between 180bhp and 200bhp and emit just 180g/km of CO2,” Wohler told AutoCar. “Given the Boxster”s history “” that it started with a 200bhp, 2.5-litre engine “” I think this is possibly something that customers could accept.

“We are under a great deal of pressure from the EU law makers to reduce emissions, but we don”t know yet how much we”ll have to come down by,” he added.

In order to avoid fines, companies like Porsche that produce less than 300,000 units a year will have to reduce their fleet CO2 emissions by 25 per cent compared with 2006 levels in order to avoid fines.

– By: Kap Shah

Source: AutoCar