By Nat Shirley
Tuesday, Sep 6th, 2011 @ 1:58 pm
 
Porsche may be working on the exotic 918 supercar, but the Stuttgart-based company's ambitions also extend to the more modest ends of the price and performance segments.

High ranking officials at Porsche's Weissach research and development center in Germany have verified that the company is currently developing a new family of horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engines, a report from AutoWeek claims.

The new four-cylinders are said to share certain elements, such as 4.65-inch bore center spacing, with the newest version of Porsche's signature six-cylinder boxer engine. 2.0- and 2.5-liter versions of the motor are under development, with direct-injection and turbocharging reportedly helping the larger mill make up to 380 horsepower.

The new engines will likely be used in an upcoming mid-engine, entry-level Porsche sports car inspired by the 550 model of the 1950s. They will also see use in future Boxster and Cayman models, where they should boost efficiency compared with the current six-cylinder base motors.

The last time Porsche offered a four-cylinder engine in the U.S. was in 1995, with the 968 model.

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