We have to trust him on the aural clues, since we couldn’t make anything of the videos’ soundtrack. Nevertheless, the exhaust tip could indicate the presence of four-cylinder engines.
The details in the engine compartmentThe rumor mill sees two new engines for the Boxster and Boxster S. The first will drop its current 3.4-liter flat six for a turbocharged 2-liter delivering 286 HP (290 PS) and a peak torque of 295 LB-FT (400 NM).
Those expecting the 2.0-liter to be an Audi-sourced engine, as is the case with the Macan 2.0T sold outside the US and Europe, are wrong. The 2-liter is expected to be Porsche’s own boxer heart.
As for the S-flavored Boxster, this will give up on its 3.6-liter atmospheric unit for 2.5-liter turbo producing 360 HP (365 PS) and a peak torque of 347 LB-FT (470 Nm). Some even talk about Porsche introducing its now-patented variable compression ratio on these new engines.
The big pictureAs you know, September’s Frankfurt Motor Show will bring a similar turbocharged wave for the Porsche 911 facelift - this will only use 6-cylinder boxers though.
Nevertheless, while the 911 has had turbo engines at the top of its range for decades, the mid-cycle revamp for the third-gen Boxster will bring turbo power to the model for the first time. The thing we’re most curious about is how this changes the character of the open-top Porsche. The revised Boxster is set to arrive in 2016 as a 2017 model.
PS: as for that complete pre-revamp Boxster lineup we mentioned in the intro, the only model based on this we’re expecting to debut before the facelift takes over is the Black Edition.