Thought Porsche’s corporate shenanigans concerning VW would be enough to shield it from CO2 regulations? Think again.
Four-cylinder future for Porsche?
In an attempt to lower its average CO2 emissions across the range, Porsche is set to do the unthinkable and usher in four-cylinder power again, more than a decade after the 3l, four-cylinder 968s went out of production.
Earlier this year Thomas Krickelberg, Porsche's head of powertrain development, admitted the six-cylinder engines found in the 911 had been designed to accommodate a cylinder number reduction if there was a "strong need to do it".
Details are heavily speculative currently, but expect the new engine to produce upwards of 150kW.
Whether of not the four-pot engines could feature forced induction is going to be a huge conundrum for Porsche too. The company has always incorporated turbocharged engines as model range leaders, not entry level options.
The new, entry level, four-cylinder engines are predicted to appear in the Boxer and Cayman ranges around 2011. They will no doubt put strong downward pressure on residual values.