Twenty years after the launch of the original Porsche Boxster, a new generation of Boxster was introduced in January 2016, with first deliveries in the UK scheduled for the spring of this year. Up until last year, the Boxster was powered by a 6-cylinder boxer engine, but this new generation of car is powered by a turbocharged flat 4-cylinder engine. This is in keeping with Porsche’s current philosophy in downsizing their engines, and applying their vast knowledge and experience in turbocharging to boost power.
The motivation behind this move draws on the company’s giant-killing mid-engined 718 sports racers of the 1950s and 1960s. These cars, such as the 718-1500 RSK, 718 RS 60/RS 61, 718 GTR and the famous 718 W-RS Spyder better known as the ‘Grossmutter’, were all powered by 4-cylinder flat engines. So by losing two cylinders, it made sense to leverage the 718 moniker from the 1950s and 1960s for this new mid-engined sports car.
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