Is the 4-cylinder Porsche 718 going to have a flat 6 again?
Oh how the tables have turned on this one.
When Porsche came out with the updated 718 Cayman and Boxster, journalists and consumers both were up in arms about Porsche's decision to ditch the flat-six cylinder engine in favor of a turbo 4 banger. But after driving the new car, many journalists had a similar reaction: the car is great, but it lacks the same soul.
Well, ever since the 718 generation came out, sales have been on the decline when compared to both the previous generation and year over year figures.
Customers weren't really happy with the 4 cylinder, but it is a competent car. I drove one and it's quick, capable, and just a really good car. The aforementioned problem was the soul. It felt a bit more cold and calculated than the 6; more CAFE regulations based and less a true sports car. Most notably the sound is the biggest difference.
Now, Jared Rosenholtz at CarBuzz notes, there's a new 718 testing with base wheels and there's rumblings that Porsche might ditch the 4-cylinder altogether.
We're not sure if there's room for a 4 and a 6 in the lineup, as Jared notes. Personally, I feel that's a no. If you're in the market to buy a small, mid-engined sports car, you're not going to buy a 4-cylinder car. You'll, for sure, want the 6. Especially when it makes ungodly fantastic noises.
I've reached out to Porsche for comment, but have not heard back. This post will update if I receive response.