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Four-cylinder future for Porsche?

2008-11-05 11:00
Thought Porsche’s corporate shenanigans concerning VW would be enough to shield it from CO2 regulations? Think again.

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.   


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