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Porsche Confirms Flat-Four Power for 2016 Porsche Cayman and Boxster

The return of the four-cylinder Porsche.

Hear that? It's the sound of Porsche purists crying out in unison, as the news of the turbocharged flat-four's imminent arrival in the Cayman and Boxster reaches their ears. We knew it was coming, but we didn't know it was coming this soon, as Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller confirmed to Automotive News the presence of a turbo flat-four in the refreshed Boxster and Cayman twins in 2016.

When the Cayman and Boxster go under the knife for a mid-cycle refresh next year, Porsche's entry sport coupes will find their power sourced from two fewer cylinders than before, according to AN. No official details have emerged yet, but a displacement between 2.0 and 2.5-liters is expected. While the engine is downsizing, don't expect the power to go anywhere but up, as Mueller suggests power could jump to 395 hp, a significant bump from the current six-cylinder that makes 325 hp in the Cayman S.

The only bits of solace in the arrival of a four-pot is that the new engine won't worm its way under the decklid of the venerated Porsche 911 (yet), and the four-cylinder still has its very important place in Porsche's storied history. The first road-going Porsche, the 356, moved exclusively under flat-four power. The Porsche 912 melded 911 styling and 356 flat-four power together, while the 1969-1976 Porsche 914 moved the flat-four to the middle of the chassis. The sickly Porsche 924 and much-improved 944 were the well-balanced inline-four cylinder sport coupe poster children of the 1980's, while the Porsche 968 (alongside the V-8 Porsche 928) rounded out the front-engined gang in 1995 with a massive 3.0-liter four-pot under the hood.

Look for more info on the return of the flat-four Porsche toward the end of the year.