Not that it’s much of a secret, but Porsche has confirmed that the revised Boxster and Cayman range, will feature 2-litre turbocharged flat-four cylinder engines.
The range will also be rebranded as 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman in homage to Porsche’s successful 1957 four-cylinder race car.
In adding the 718 reference Porsche is, of course, reinforcing its four-cylinder credentials. It can also point to its current WEC success with the V4 powered 919 Hybrid.
Ultimately, though, this is all part of industry wide engine downsizing in order to cut those pesky emissions.
As to whether the new engines will use twin (like the Gen2 911) turbos, or a single unit is unclear, as are power figures, but expect them to be similar to the outgoing flat-sixes.
Perhaps more importantly is: What will they sound like?
The best case scenario would be something rather like a Subaru Impreza, but that would entirely depend on the firing order of the cylinders.
Expect all this to happen over the course of 2016. More details as and when we get them!