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Porsche's head of engine technology says the new 911 six-cylinder engines have been designed so they can be downsized if necessary.
 
Sports car maker Porsche is prepared, if necessary, to re-introduce four-cylinder models in response to heightening political and social pressure over the environment.

Speaking at the Australian launch of the new 911 range, the engineer responsible for the company's powertrains, Thomas Krickelberg, said the car's entirely new six-cylinder engines could fairly easily be reduced in capacity or adapted to a boxer-four if circumstances dictated such a change.

"(There are) the discussions about global warming and the need to reduce fuel consumption," Mr Krickelberg said. "There is the matter of social acceptance, of social responsibility of our cars.

"The target was to have a six-cylinder because that is the criteria of the 911 and the Boxster. But there is still the option to reduce the number of cylinders."

Given the new Porsche engines - 3.6-L and 3.8-L sixes - have internal capacities starting at 600cc a cylinder, logically, a four-cylinder derivative would start at 2.4litres.

While there were no immediate plans to reintroduce four-cylinder cars, "if there's a strong need to do it, we'll have to think about it", Mr Krickelberg said.

Circumstances that would force Porsche's hand would be dramatically reduced carbon dioxide legislated limits, he said.

Mr Krickelberg has had an interesting career in engine development. He once worked for Ford of Germany and was seconded to Western Australia in the early 1990s when the company was investigating the technical merits of Ralph Sarich's orbital engine.

Porsche has had a long history of using four-cylinder engines; for example, in the James Dean-style 356 (from 1948-1965) and later in the 911 body shell, called the 912 (1965-69). A move into water-cooled fours occurred with the introduction 924 of 1976 (though this was an Audi design) and later with developments for the 924S, 924 Turbo (from 1978), 944 (from 1982), 944S and 944 Turbo (from 1985) models.

http://www.drive.com.au/Editorial/ArticleDetail.aspx?ArticleID=56851&vf=26



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This would be cool, can never have too many mid-engine roadsters to choose from.  Was thinking about buying an old 914 last year - but for me the X was just the better car all-round.

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Porsche to revive 914?

Volkswagen Chairman Martin Winterkorn has already confirmed that VW will be showing a mid-engine roadster at this November’s Los Angeles Auto Show, but a new report indicates that the new model might not be solely reserved for the VW badge. Thanks to Porsche’s close ties with VW, the German sports car maker is reportedly eyeing a return of the 914 based on the upcoming VW model.

According to Motor Trend, Porsche is seriously considering offering a version of VW’s upcoming sports car – which would likely carry the 914 nameplate. As with the original 914, the new model would serve as Porsche’s entry-level car, slotting in below the Boxster.

While VW’s version is slated to use the company’s 1.4L Twincharger powerplant, Porsche’s version would likely use a 2.7L flat-six – the base engine in the Boxster. However, as previously reported, Porsche is prepared to offer a four-cylinder engine, which could see its first duties in the 914.

Lightweight will be the key for the new roadster, with VW eyeing a 2,200 pound or less curb weight. Because of weight limitations, VW is rumored to be exploring the possibility of using Audi’s aluminum space frame technology. Not only would an Audi tie-up help VW get the lightweight frame it needs, but would also open the door for Audi’s long-rumored R4.

The Porsche 914 has yet to officially get the green light, but the baby Boxster has Lady Luck on its side. The original 914 was championed by Dr. Ferdinand Piech, the very same man now at Porsche’s helm. If the new age 914 does get the go ahead, expected it to hit the market in 2011.

http://www.leftlanenews.com/porsche-to-revive-914.html



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I wonder how this new proposed 4 cyl Porsche engine would go in this?  :scratchchin:



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I wonder how this new proposed 4 cyl Porsche engine would go in this?  :scratchchin:

Better. :p
Why such a long face?



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The rumor mill has been running rampant with speculation in regards to a new entry-level Porsche, but according to a recent report the entry-level model won't be a step below the Boxster but rather a four-cylinder version of it.

Little is known about the new entry-level Boxster but it is set to become the brand's most economical product offering according to sources familiar with the project. With Porsche quickly gobbling up control of Volkswagen, it would seem a logical choice for the new Boxster to come equipped with a version of Audi's 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with a power rating above 200 hp. The current base Boxster comes with a 2.7 liter engine which produces 245 hp and 201 lb.-ft. of torque.

Besides the addition of the entry-level model, the source also indicates that the new 2011 Boxster will be significantly lighter than today's model.



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I'm sure I posted this 3 or 4 months ago - can't find it. :irked:

edit: found and merged.



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I couldn't remember where I read it before.

Should have known it would have been in here.   :D



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Porsche considering revival of the 356 Speedster

Looking back on some of the cars that made sport driving great, and built the legend that has become today's Porsche, you'd wonder how we ever got to 3,500lb, 500hp twin-turbo monsters. The 356 Speedster, for example - considered by many to be one of the first modern sports cars - weighed a mere 1,670lb (760kg) and managed just 40hp (30kW) in some guises.

A return to those motoring roots is thought to be in the works at Porsche, and the latest reports peg the arrival date at sometime in 2013, says Auto Zeitung. Work on the next-generation Boxster and what has been thought of as a 914 revival may be a sort of cover for the even more secret work on the 356's modern spiritual successor.

But tying a design ethos that first hit the streets in 1948 in with modern safety regulations will doubtless prove difficult. Volkswagen's Bluesport roadster concept, unveiled at this year's Detroit Auto Show, is an example of what might come of such a design premise, and the Porsche-VW tie-up could be strong enough to share the platform for both applications.

That would mean finding a new entry-niche for the Porsche brand without stepping on toes at Audi or VW, however, itself a tricky task. If such a car were green-lighted, it would likely fall on VW to debut the car, followed by Audi, with Porsche's version - the most expensive, highest-performing - saved for last, at least partially explaining the four-year wait time.

Spy photos and details of the next-gen Boxster in winter testing captured earlier this year hint at some of the possible avenues Porsche might take with a new, light-weight, lower-power Speedster-type vehicle, including a turbocharged four-cylinder engine borrowed for VW's extensive cache of powerplants.

Beyond the historical and romantic notions of reviving the 356 and Porsche's motoring heritage, there is the very real practical consideration that a small, lightweight, low-power - and therefore highly fuel-efficient - car would have a positive impact on the VW Group's fuel efficiency and emissions situation with regard to both European and U.S. regulations.

http://www.motorauthority.com/porsche-considering-revival-of-the-356-speedster.html

Crapload of pics here: http://www.motorauthority.com/gallery/2009-volkswagen-bluesport-roadster-concept/2009-volkswagen-bluesport-roadster-concept-001.html



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Headrests need to be higher to obfuscate the bald spot.

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Porsche Spyder returns!

All-new entry-level Porsche will share its platform with the VW Bluesport and takes inspiration from original 550 Spyder

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Text: Jack Rix / Photos: JFH

One of the most revered names in sports car history, the Porsche Spyder, is back! And our exclusive illustrations show for the first time how the sub-Boxster two-seater will shape up when it arrives in 2013.


Based on the VW Bluesport Concept’s underpinnings, also set to be shared with the forthcoming Audi R2, the new ‘baby’ Porsche will be aiming to maintain the firm’s reputation for unrivalled driving dynamics, but in a much lighter, fuel efficient and affordable package than any model in recent memory.

The new Spyder will offer the same open air driving experience as the Boxster, thanks to its folding canvas roof, but at just 3.99 metres long, it will be significantly smaller than the current entry-level Porsche. That means a range of four-cylinder turbocharged engines raided from the VW parts bin will be plenty to deliver genuine sportscar thrills.

Entry-level cars will use a version of the 200bhp 2.0 TFSI engine borrowed from the VW Golf GTI, mounted behind the driver and between the two axles for optimum handling balance. A Sport version will feature the same unit, but turned up to around 280bhp for a scintillating turn of pace.

Prices will start from around £28,000, keeping the Spyder far enough away from the cheapest Boxster’s asking price of around £33,700, while maintaining a reassuring premium over the cheaper VW Bluesport.

Inspiration and the design philosophy behind the new Spyder, comes from the first Porsche 550 Spyder, unveiled at the 1953 Paris Motor Show. The compact two-seater was originally designed for racing and took a famous class-victory at Le Mans. But the notoriously tricky-to-handle roadster cemented its place in history when the Hollywood legend James Dean died at the wheel of one in 1955.

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/autoexpressnews/237361/porsches_baby_spyder.html



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Budget Porsche is 'top priority'

Porsche has moved a step closer to producing its own version of the Volkswagen Bluesport concept, according to reports from Germany.

The VW Bluesport is a two-seater, mid-engined roadster, which is powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine. VW launched it at the Detroit motor show earlier this as a sports car designed with current emissions and budget-sensitive times firmly in mind.

Wolfgang Duerheimer, head of development at Porsche, told a German magazine that creating a model “significantly cheaper than” than the Boxster was the top priority for the firm.

Volkswagen boss Martin Winterkorn has already said he wants to create a Porsche model smaller than the Boxster and this is tipped to be its own variant of the Bluesport.

Winterkorn has also said previously he wanted Porsche to sell 150,000 units "in the foreseeable future, say 2012 or 2013", with an additional version of the Panamera and a “little brother” to the Cayenne tipped for production.

http://www.autocar.co.uk/News/NewsArticle/Porsche-Boxster/243820/





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