Rumours are circulating that Porsche are starting to consider using a three-cylinder turbocharged engine for the Boxster. The move comes in an effort to reduce emissions and meet their EU obligations for CO2 omissions. The engine would probably feature between 180 and 200bhp and 180g/km emissions.
EU regulations impose an obligation on Porsche, and other manufacturers who produce less than 300,000 cars, to reduce their emissions across the range by 25% for the end of 2012. Although it is unclear what the implications will be now that Porsche has joined the Volkswagen Group, it is clear that other manufacturers who don’t fit the 300,000 car bracket will be obliged to reduce their omissions to 120g/km.
In an interview with the UK magazine Autocar, Boxster model line director Hans-Jurgen Wohler was quoted as saying; “We are under a great deal of pressure from the EU law makers to reduce emissions, but we don’t know yet how much we’ll have to come down by.”
He added that “a low-carbon Boxster would certainly help us to reduce emissions, but it won’t be an automatic saviour.”
Finally, “Given the Boxster’s history — that it started with a 200bhp, 2.5-liter engine — I think this is possibly something that customers could accept.”