Have You Ever Heard of Porsche 718? Expect New Models Soon

The first Porsche 718 will, according to the Automobile Magazine report, be launched sometime during 2016 as a 2017 model. But, in spite of the recent speculations, Stuttgart won’t develop an all-new entry model. Instead of this, the upcoming generation of the Porsche Boxster and the Porsche Cayman will inherit this nameplate. They are trying to evoke the spirit of the famous Porsche 718 racing car which, among others, had big Dan Gurney and Graham “Mr. Monaco” Hill behind its steering wheel.

Porsche Cayman to Be Porsche 718

Current Cayman

Porsche 718 Range

Of course, when you have a rich and exciting history you can make various nostalgic references, but the automaker’s primary intention is to offer a broad range of entry-level models which will come with different specs under the same umbrella. There will be both coupe and roadster models. The new Porsche flat-four mills will be used to motivate entry 718 models. The Porsche 718 lineup will be placed below the 911 range, but it will have a different aura and, probably, noticeably different approach.

Porsche Boxster Will Get 718 Nameplate

Current Boxster

Possible Engine Options

As for the engines, the Automobile Magazine article says that there will be a 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at approximately 285 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of twist. Also, they will use a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with around 360 horsepower and 345 lb-ft of torque. There will also be a turbocharged four-cylinder good for 400 horsepower. It’s questionable whether any of the forthcoming Porsche 718 models will get a six-cylinder engine. Those will probably be reserved for other Porsche models, while the entry 718 range will have to be satisfied by four-bangers. Of course, those engines won’t be undeserving to be installed under the hood of a Porsche, but at least one six-cylinder boxer would be a great addition to the engine lineup.

Porsche 718 Coming in 2016

Like we previously said, the first Porsche 718 model will be introduced in 2016 as a 2017 model. The redesigned Cayman and Boxster will have numerous novelties, but we have to wait for details about the redesign.

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