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Porsche confirm flat-four turbo Boxster/Cayman

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!

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911&PW 25th Anniversary issue

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Happy Birthday to us. We’re celebrating 911&PW’s 25th Anniversary with a bumper 180 page issue. What’s more, we’ve polled 25 movers and shakers in the Porsche world to come up with a definitive Porsche Top 25. OK, the front cover rather gives the game away, but there’s plenty of surprises behind that iconic red racer! May issue out April 2

New GT3 RS launches at Geneva

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Stop press! New GT3 RS launches at Geneva Motor Show. This is the even more extreme version of the GT3 and so naturally gets more get up and go, with 500bhp on tap from its 4-litre flat six, which means it’s all-important Nurburgring lap time is 7mins 20secs, which Porsche points out is 9secs quicker than the V10 Carrera GT. Yes, it’s PDK only, which allows such gizmos as a limiting ‘pit speed’ button. More importantly, though, we’re drawn to the ‘intelligent lightweight design’ which sees the use of magnesium for the roof and carbon fibre for the engine and luggage compartment lids. We like the front wheel arch vents and recess that extends from the front lid and across the roof, a clear nod to classic 911 models. Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus and variable rear axle diff lock should give it stunning agility, but right now we’ll just have to make do with looking at it!

Sounds of the 80s

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Not many of these 80s excess style 911s remain, but here’s a prime example built by Rinspeed and a graphic display as to what happens when you mix 911 with Testarossa styling. You can almost here Wham blasting from the speakers! OK, it’s not pretty, but we couldn’t resist a drive, or posting a couple of pics.

Cayman GT4 a reality

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Move over 911 the Cayman GT4 is here. 380bhp, normally aspirated, 6-speed manual (no PDK as yet), development headed up by Andreas Preuninger. Porsche can make as many SUVs as they like as long as they continue to produce cars like this.