Just the other day, as my mind rambled across random automotive topics as it is wont to do, I wondered if Porsche would ever be silly enough to re-invent the 912. Despite the sad reality that Porsche’s unpopular previous attempt at a four cylinder 911 is rising in value in today’s collectors market, the idea of a four pot 911 was poorly received the first time around.
As auto manufacturers work to improve overall fuel economy for their fleets, many are looking to smaller displacement engines, boosted by light pressure turbo chargers, to provide performance alongside economy. Porsche is not immune to this phenomenon it seems.
As recently as April, Road & Track reported that Porsche has been experimenting with flat four engines that had been installed in 991 and 981/Boxster/Cayman mules, but that the engines would not end up in a production version of the 911.
The Ring-watchers over at TouriClips, the ones who brought us the GT350 video a couple of days ago, have caught a Cayman and a Boxster testing at the Nurburgring that sound NOTHING like a flat six and more like a very hyped up VW Beetle. These cars are clearly motivated by a flat four.
I gotta say that the flat six exhaust note is a big part of the allure of the 911 and it adds a familial connection to the 981 cars. These mules sound like an angry fart in a jar.