When Porsche AG decided to move from a six-cylinder boxer engine in the 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster and Porsche 718 Cayman, a great wailing and gnashing of teeth could be heard all the way from Stuttgart to your New England Porsche dealership. People who used to ask “Where are there Porsche cars for sale near me?” are now asking, “Where’d the flat six engine go?” Porsche of Nashua says: don’t worry. This is actually a good thing.
We’re not the only ones who think so. The folks at Wards recently compiled the 2017 Wards 10 Best Engines. One of the highlights of that list was the Porsche 2.0 liter four-cylinder boxer engine. The other highlight was a reminder that the four-cylinder boxer engine is an important part of Porsche lore. After all, its first appearance was in 1948 with the Ferry Porsche-designed Porsche No. 1 Type 356.
There are two versions of the new boxer, both equipped with BorgWarner turbochargers, 16 valves, direct injection, and a variety of other features. Both engines also share components with the flat six engine in the Porsche 911 that first appeared last year. There’s a base version that displaces 2.0 liters and puts out 300 horsepower backed by 280 lb.-ft. of torque. There’s also a 350 horsepower 2.5 liter engine that puts out 309 lb.-ft. of torque available in the S trims. While the four-cylinder boxer engine isn’t new, the turbocharging is a first.
The important question, of course, is how well the engines drive. Review after review suggests that the new engine gives you all the thrills and chills of the six-cylinder engine it replaces. You won’t miss those two extra cylinders. Of course, the best way to evaluate all of this is from behind the wheel of the Porsche 718 Boxster or the 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman at Porsche of Nashua. If you’re curious, call 888-695-4130 or visit 170 Main Dunstable Road in Nashua, NH today to treat yourself to a test drive.