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2016 Porsche Boxster, Cayman to Get Four-Cylinder Engines in U.S.

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/20/2015 Jason Udy

Rumors of a new four-cylinder engine for U.S.-market Porsche models have been swirling for some time. Now, those rumors have been confirmed. The new four-cylinder engine will make its way into the 2016 Porsche Boxster and Cayman, Automotive News reports.

"First of all, we will have it in the Boxster and Cayman successor," Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller told Automotive News. "And then we will see how it works and how successful it is and how the customers will react on that, and then we will take the next decisions."

While a new flat-four boxer engine for the Boxster and Cayman were confirmed last year, the automaker hadn’t said whether the new engine would be offered for the U.S. market. Although not confirmed, the new engine is expected to be turbocharged and come in 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter displacements. Top-spec engines could make as much as 395 hp.

2016 Porsche Boxster, Cayman to Get Four-Cylinder Engines in U.S.

Earlier rumors suggested that the automaker was working on a sub-Boxster/Cayman model that would be powered by the new flat-four engine, but plans for that car have reportedly been shelved indefinitely. Still, other models could get four-cylinder power in the future.

The Porsche Macan crossover is available with an inline-four-cylinder engine outside of the U.S. No decision has been made whether the automaker will bring a four-cylinder Macan here. Porsche last sold a flat-four engine in the U.S. from 1948 to 1976, while inline-four-cylinder engines were available from 1976 to 1995. The Porsche 968 was the last model sold with a four-cylinder engine in the U.S.

Source: Automotive News (Subscription required)

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