The trail of rumors of Porsche working on a flat-four engine can be traced back to 2011 when the rumor of the entry-level model was still flying around. Since that time, the entry-level project has been reportedly canned, but the flat-four engine still carrying on. We last heard about this back in 2012 when a turbocharged version was reportedly going into a high-performance variant of the Cayman. Since then, it has been radio silence. Until this past week.
Car Magazine reportedly got a look at spec sheet on the flat-four engine project which lists three different variants. The variants include,
- 1.6L flat-four: 210 horsepower, N/A on torque
- 2.0L flat-four: 286 horsepower, 295 pound-feet
- 2.5L flat-four: 360 horsepower, 347 pound-feet
All engines pack direct-injection and turbocharging.
Sources tell Car that the 2.0 and 2.5 have been given the green light, and will be on Boxster/Cayman and Cayenne first. We're scratching our head on the Cayenne getting this engine first and not the Macan. The fate of the 1.6 is currently unknown as that was expected to go into the entry-level model.
Source: Car Magazine