Porsche has announced the facelifted Boxster and Cayman will be renamed the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman.

Porsche has announced the facelifted Boxster and Cayman will be renamed the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman.

While the name sounds superfluous, Porsche says the 718 designation is meant to recall the ground-breaking Porsche 718 from 1957. The name also recalls the company's history of offering a flat four-cylinder engine.

As Porsche points out, the 718 RSK scored a class victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1958 thanks to a powerful and fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine which produced 142 hp (105 kW).  The company's 919 Hybrid LMP1 also uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and it recently won the manufacturer’s and driver’s championship titles in the World Endurance Championship.

Besides announcing the name change, Porsche confirmed the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman will show more similarities both in terms of design and performance.  The company declined to elaborate but previous reports have suggested the cars will be offered with turbocharged 1.6- and 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines that produce up to 286 hp (213 kW).

Both models will be introduced next year and Porsche confirmed the 718 Boxster will cost more than the 718 Cayman.

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