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Porsche battles with the four-cylinder engine; regulations may make final call

Porsche 550

Porsche ’s future entry level models have been rumored to sport a new four-cylinder horizontally opposed gasoline engine, but Porsche Canada CEO, Joe Lawrence, is trying to nip that in the bid. Lawrence was recently at the ALMS race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park when he confirmed that the flat-four is definitely just a rumor.

At that point, everyone could basically let the flat four rumor go, but Lawrence immediately followed that statement up with the fact that he would actually like to see it sometime in the future. If everyone’s not on board with letting it go then the flat four cannot possibly be dead in the water, so we’re back to square one...again.

The four-cylinder horizontally opposed gasoline engine was initially rumored to be used for the upcoming baby Boxster (aka 550) which has been put on hold due to the lack of expected demand. What we see happening is new fuel economy regulations making it necessary for the four-pot to be used, even for the Baby Boxster when it gets dragged off the backburner, as well as for the Cayman . Automakers can’t make their decisions based on the market sometimes because the government forces their hand when it comes to strict environmental guidelines and as Lawrence said, "Porsche is not exempt from increasingly strict emissions and fuel economy regulations" and it’s "more likely that you’ll see more turbocharging in more vehicles moving forward." The government is, after all, the puppeteer in this stage show.

Source: AutoGuide

11 comments:

They must do their best so that they can make to the final call.

We’re really going to celebrate if they make the final call because it’s actually a big accomplishment for them.

Porsche battles with the four-cylinder engine; regulations may make final call
Comment: Can I ask what Is Boxster ? I don’t really know about it.

What Porsche is flaunting is just what they were planning many months back. I don’t understand why they still have to battle for it.

I know that Boxster will be having the four-cylinder engine like we expected the past months.

Was this issue covered the Boxsters only, or the whole bunch of the Porsche model?

If they are getting a good sales from boxters, then they should just continue producing them.

Which has been put on hold due to the lack of expected demand.

The obnoxious features that Porsche usually flaunts are pleasantly tenuous on this one.

I’ll be the first to be celebrate the boxster if they continue the production of it.

So from this article, Baby boxster is possible any moment?

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