Porsche Announces New Names for its Mid-Engine Sports Cars
Yes, that's right. Everybody's favorite Cayman and Boxster has new names. The two cars will be introduced in 2016 as Porsche 718 Boxster and Porsche 718 Cayman. If you wonder what the 718 designation stands for, well it is a reference to the ground-breaking sports car of this type of the year 1957. Back in the days this car enjoyed much success in renowned car races.
There have been released two sketch teasers of the models, to announce the name change. What we see and what Porsche confirms is that the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman will share more similarities than ever: both visual and technical. The luxury company says that in the future they both will be equally powerful and will have flat four-cylinder ‘boxer' engines with turbocharging. And, unfortunately for some, the roadster will be positioned at a higher price level than the Coupé, which will mimic the case for the 911 models.
In details, the 718 model series is a continuation of the proven four-cylinder concept. The latest example is the technological front-runner for production cars, the 919 Hybrid LMP1 race car, The highly-efficient, turbocharged four-cylinder engine with just 2 litres of displacement, finished first and second in the 24 hours of Le Mans. It also won the manufacturer's and driver's championship titles in the WEC World Endurance Championship. This has opened new horizons for the future sports car engines from Porsche.
The History Behind 718
The four-cylinder flat engine has many car racing victories and a very long tradition at Porsche. In the late 1950s, the 718 was introduced as a successor of the legendary Porsche 550 Spyderc. It was one of the best competitors at races such as 12-hour race in Sebring in 1960 and 1958 – 1961 European Hill Climb Championship. And in fact, the 718 took first place between 1959 and 1960 at the legendary Italian Targa Florio race in Sicily, and a class victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1958.
And all of these facts make us really excited and anticipating.