Porsche Boxster, Cayman to be Renamed 718, Go Four-Cylinder in 2016

New versions of mid-engine cars debut next year.

The Porsche Boxster and Cayman will be renamed when new versions of the cars launch next year. From now on, the cars will be known as the Porsche 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman, in reference to the company's 1957 718 sports car.

There are even bigger changes than a new name for the Boxster and Cayman next year. For starters, Porsche says the convertible 718 Boxster will be priced above the 718 Cayman coupe, a reversal of the cars' current pricing strategy. There will also be a few subtle visual changes to these two models, as indicated by spy photos of the revised 718 Boxster (pictured).

The Porsche 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster will also use turbocharged flat-four engines, replacing the naturally aspirated flat-sixes that have long been the hallmark of those cars. That follows the decision for the 2017 Porsche 911 range to move to all-turbocharged engines, starting with twin-turbo 3.0- and 3.4-liter units in the Carrera and Carrera S. Porsche hasn't given out any specifics on the new Cayman and Boxster engines, but reports suggest that base versions of the cars will have a 2.0-liter mill with around 285 hp, while S models will get a 2.5-liter turbo-four cranking out closer to 360 hp.

Look for the 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster and 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman to make their debuts early next year at a major auto show, before going on sale by the end of 2016.

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