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Porsche Confirms N/A Flat-6 Will Live On In 718 Boxster Spyder, 718 Cayman GT4

The large-scale adoption of turbocharged engines was met by some Porsche enthusiasts with resistance. Still, all is not lost for those who adore the wailing of the freely aspirated flat-six.
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The 2017 Porsche 911 GT3 (991.2), for example, will continue to sing its song through a mildly updated 3.8-liter naturally aspirated six-cylinder engine. Moreover, it appears that the facelifted Boxster Spyder and Cayman GT4 will be motivated by an updated version of the existing 3.8-liter boxer engine.

This information comes courtesy of August Achleitner, the director of product lines for the 911 and 718. Speaking to Drive, Achleitner confirmed that the flat-six is here to stay when the time comes for the Boxster Spyder and Cayman GT4 to add the 718 prefix. The explanation will make jaws drop.

"Six-cylinder turbocharged engine wouldn't fit,"
the Porsche official declared to the Australian motoring publication. "Naturally aspirated [like] we have today, and most likely we will offer versions in the future, like GT4 for example. We keep this line of naturally aspirated engines in the GT3 and GT3 RS and so on, as well as GT4, we will develop it." Indeed, there is a God.

As far as the 718 Boxster GTS and 718 Cayman GTS are concerned, the official made it clear that this version will adopt the force-fed 2.5-liter flat-four. In S specification, the unit is good for 350 PS (345 horsepower) and 420 Nm (310 pound-foot) of torque. I have this gut feeling the GTS variants will be tuned to produce 15 or maybe 25 ponies more than the S models.

In related news, the 2019 Porsche 911 (992) will be offered with an array of turbocharged mills and, if we’re lucky, a handful of naturally aspirated engines as well. Porsche is planning to offer a hybrid powertrain in each of its model lines. That includes the 992 as well, as confirmed by Oliver Blume, chairman of the executive board at Porsche, and board member Lutz Meschke.


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