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PORSCHE has confirmed that the 2016 Boxster will, for the first time, be more expensive than the Cayman sister car, as the duo receive a significant mid-life update and new four-cylinder turbocharged engines. The new ranges, dubbed 718 versus the outgoing model's 918 designation, will be realigned to mirror the 911's, where convertible models are more expensive by default. Previously, the more performance-focused Cayman was the pricier.

It's not clear yet whether the Boxster will simply become much more expensive or whether the two models will swap price points, with the Cayman becoming cheaper.

Porsche has set no date for the arrival of downsized engines but says they are definitely coming, with 'equally powerful' versions for both cars.

The choice of 718 for the new car is linked to the success of the 718 from the late 1950s, which was a multiple race-winning four-cylinder machine that took the honours in two Targa Florio races, numerous hill climbs and even the Sebring 12-hour race in 1960.

The German firm also makes reference to the current 919 Hybrid World Endurance Championship-winning car, which uses a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine. This technology, Porsche says, directly influenced the development of the 718 series.

Both the Boxster and the Cayman are to be introduced through 2016, with a likely global debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Dec 27, 2015
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