Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman Touring spied


So the six-cylinder Porsche saga rolls on. While rumours continue about just what form the next GT4 and Boxster Spyder might take, here we are already find ourselves with what seem to be the Touring variants.

Given Dr Frank Walliser described the uptake for the 911 GT3 Touring package as "unbelievable", it should come as little surprise that the same template is being followed for the smaller Motorsport car. Especially when you bear in mind that 70 per cent of GT3s in the US have been manuals - buyers have emphatically shown what kind of Porsche GT cars they like. So Porsche is going to make some more.


Like the 911 Touring, the Boxster and Cayman equivalents - as can be seen here - are less aggressive models than the fully fledged GT. While the exhausts and diffusers are familiar from other GT4 and Spyder test prototypes, the rear wings are quite modest and the bodykits less racy. They aren't far off looking like regular Caymans and Boxsters with six-cylinder engines, really, which will surely have appeal to those who find the GT cars a bit overt. There are still ceramic brakes here, though.

Interestingly, our spy photographer suggests that these Touring models may have less power than the GT4 and Speedster; the 911 Touring uses the same 500hp engine as any other GT3. It would certainly ensure some seniority for the non-Touring cars, if Porsche has a desire to keep the models more separate.


We're still none the wiser, however, as to what those power outputs might actually be, what the engine is and when buyers might get hold of one. Surely it can't be that far off now, though. And what a choice to have to make: more six-cylinder noise with a Boxster, or ever-so-slightly sharper dynamics with the Cayman? Full Motorsport vibe with a GT, or a more relaxed road-racer look with the Touring? Decision time!




 

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  • GroundEffect 09 May 2019

    Oh god Spyder Touring please get me one now.

  • cmoose 09 May 2019

    Most of the rumours have these things branded 718 Boxster and Cayman '6' rather than 'Touring'. Don't think they are 'Touring' models, but they are apparently six cylinder.

    These would fit into Blume's mooted new third pillar of 'lifestyle' sports cars, where the mainstream sports cars and the GT cars are the other two pillars. The 911 Speedster would also be a 'lifestyle' model, albeit the hardware there is pinched from the GT department.

    Having less power than the GT4 / Spyder would thus make sense. It's not a GT4 Touring. It's a separate thing. A 718 6.

    Edited by cmoose on Thursday 9th May 13:00

  • 3rd 09 May 2019

    cmoose said:
    Most of the rumours have these things branded 718 Boxster and Cayman '6' rather than 'Touring'. Don't think they are 'Touring' models, but they are apparently six cylinder.

    These would fit into Blume's mooted new third pillar of 'lifestyle' sports cars, where the mainstream sports cars and the GT cars are the other two pillars. The 911 Speedster would also be a 'lifestyle' model, albeit the hardware there is pinched from the GT department.

    Having less power than the GT4 / Spyder would thus make sense. It's not a GT4 Touring. It's a separate thing. A 718 6.

    Edited by cmoose on Thursday 9th May 13:00
    Is that an admission that the change to 4 cylinders was a mistake?

  • cmoose 09 May 2019

    3rd said:
    Is that an admission that the change to 4 cylinders was a mistake?
    Could be seen that way to an extent, perhaps.

    But the broader picture is a shift to electric powertrains. So whatever it is, it's a short term blip of almost no consequence. You may not be able to buy a combustion car of any kind at all from Porsche by, say, 2030. If so, any controversy today over reintroducing a flat six into the Cayster for a few years will be meaningless at that point.

  • elisered 09 May 2019

    The “Spyder” in these pictures has a normal Boxster roof....

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