Porsche AG revealed that starting 2016, its models will be undergoing changeovers. The first of these changes will be the naming of its two-door mid-engine sports cars as the 718 Boxster and the 718 Cayman. The 718 numerical designation is a nod to the trailblazing sports car of the same type in 1957.
Both the 718 Boxster and the 718 Cayman have a number of similarities technically and visually. The Stuttgart-based automaker declares that the two models will later have turbocharged four-cylinder flat engines. The main difference between the two is that the Roadster will be more expensive than the Coupé.
This is the standard practice of the brand like with its 911 models. The two models will be introduced in the market within 2016. Porsche is well-known for its sports cars and the utilization of the four-cylinder concept. This long history is continued with the 718 series.
Take the 919 Hybrid LMP1 for example. Not only did it perform well in races but its engine is highly-efficient with merely 2 litres of displacement. This allowed Porsche to obtain first and second place finishes during the 24 hours of Le Mans in 2014.
The company’s race car also managed to win not just the driver’s championship title during the World Endurance Championship in the same year, but even earned the manufacturer’s championship title. Due to these many victories, the 919 Hybrid has raised expectations for the performance of the brand’s future engines.
The 919 Hybrid LMP1 was originally designed to show extreme efficiency and is considered as the most complex race car even built by the brand. It is because of the turbocharged engine and the two energy recovery systems that Porsche decided to make the 919 Hybrid as the platform for future models.
The success of the 919 is mainly due to a long tradition of the four-cylinder flat engine that started with the 718. The 718 gained prominence during the latter part of the 1950s not just because of its engine configuration but due to it being the heir of its 550 Spyder.
The 718 has managed to win the Sebring 12-hour race in 1960 and the European Hill Climb Championship, which only took place from 1958 to 1961. Other races the 718 won include the Italian Targa Florio race held in Sicily in 1959 and 1960. During the 1958 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 718 RSK also managed to attain a class victory.