The Porsche 718 Cayman could go back to a flat-six engine
Was the flat-four a mistake?
Sales of the Porsche 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster have been declining since their launch in 2016. Obviously, this is due to intense competition from SUVs that are taking market share away from coupes. Fans, for their part, have a different interpretation of the problem. According to them, the engine of these vehicles also causes problems.
Indeed, the Porsche 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster have replaced the naturally-aspirated flat-six of their predecessors with a wiser turbocharged flat-four. Despite a significant improvement in performance and lower fuel consumption, these new engines have lost the particular sound of atmospheric powertrains.
The Cayman GT4 and Boxster Spyder are indeed equipped with a flat-six, but unfortunately they remain quite expensive. Many fans are wondering whether the flat-six will make a comeback on a more affordable model. Porsche is indeed testing a new flat-six. Some camouflaged models circulating in the far north confirm this.
Some rumours add that the future model will be called the Cayman GTS 4.0 and will be placed between the GTS and the GT4 in the 718 lineup. Porsche is said to have slightly reduced the power of this new engine to make it more affordable than the GT4 and Spyder. It would develop about 400 hp, which would be 35 hp more than the GTS's 2.5L flat four.
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