Porsche have announced the Boxster and Cayman mid-engine sports cars will wear the new 718 designation and will be called as the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman, with both cars will having similarities in terms of looks and performance. The company did not provide any detailed information on the four-cylinder engine, but previous reports have suggested that the cars will be offered with a 1.6 litre and 2.0 litre four-cylinder engines of up to 286hp.
The new cars are named after the legendary successor of the Porsche 550 Spyder; the 718. The original was a development of the successful 550A with improvements made to the bodywork and suspension. Whether it was competing at the 12-hour race in Sebring in 1960 or at the European Hill Climb Championship that ran between 1958 and 1961, the Porsche 718 prevailed against numerous competitors with its powerful and efficient four-cylinder flat engine. The 718 took first place between 1959 and 1960 at the legendary Italian Targa Florio race in Sicily. At the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1958, the 718 RSK with its 142hp four-cylinder engine scored a class victory.
Porsche is well known to bring technologies from the track to the road, where the 718 model series is a continuation of the proven four-cylinder concept and the history of distinguished Porsche sports cars. The latest example is the 919 Hybrid LMP1 race car, that is also powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with just 2 litres of displacement.
Public debut for both cars will likely take place at the Geneva Motor Show in March, following an online reveal in January or February. No word on pricing just yet, but word from another news source says that Porsche may price the Boxster above the Cayman.