CAR in the UK received some P-Car news in regards to the rumored four-banger mills destined to show up in near-future Porsche Boxster models.
In the age of downsizing and lesser cylinder counters, Porsche has supposedly been working on some new boxer fours, which could render the typical use of Zuffenhausen’s flat-six, obsolete.
And recently, CAR heard the new fours could produce as much as 240hp from a single-turbo 2.0L setup, while the more expensive and powerful S variant could produce as much as 300 from a turbocharged 2.5L flat-four. The high-end GTS should be pushed up to a whopping 370hp figure from the same 2.5L turbocharged four, while the flagship GTS could retain its flat-six from its larger 911 sibling.
Could this be the end of the normal six-cylinder Boxster? Possibly, though sources within Porsche still haven’t been too specific.
There’s nothing wrong with turbocharged flat-fours, as exhibited with Subaru’s long history of producing them. But ultimately, it’s down to rather or not Porsche can inject the same amount of character in their turbo fours as the traditional naturally-aspirated six.
And as far as I can tell from driving many naturally-aspirated and turbocharged cars, natural-aspiration doesn’t provide exactly the same experience as forced induction–and this matters in the overall.
– By: Chris Chin