At Porsche, the mid-mounted boxer engine is more than a tradition, it is a legend.
One of the most renowned examples of its use was in the 550 Spyder. In conjunction with an intelligent lightweight construction, this arrangement delivered outstanding agility and cornering dynamics and proved to be a key factor in the countless victories achieved on some of the world’s most famous racetracks. In the 1960s, the 718 RS 60 Spyder contributed to the triumphant success of the mid-engined race car with wins in hillclimbing and endurance events.
The mid-mounted engine belongs at Porsche and it belongs in the Boxster. The advantages speak for themselves. The concentration of mass close to the centre of the vehicle and the low centre of gravity produce extraordinary agility and cornering dynamics. At the same time, weight is uniformly distributed between the front and rear axles and handling characteristics are particularly well balanced. The combined result enables the driver to fully enjoy every corner and maintain excellent control over the vehicle.
For us, there are many reasons to remain faithful to the mid-mounted engine concept, to keep transferring performance from the racetrack to the road and to continue to combine tradition with innovation. And we do this always on the proviso that high power is achieved with comparatively low fuel consumption and emission figures.
With this aim, we developed two compact and lightweight boxer engines that are characterised by their ability to deliver high levels of power and efficiency simultaneously. Both engines are equipped with efficient technologies as standard, including VarioCam Plus, direct fuel injection (DFI), auto start/stop, electrical system recuperation and enhanced thermal management.
What else could we have given the mid-mounted engine? An even more agile response. One press of the SPORT button on the centre console makes engine performance even more dynamic for driving pleasure at the limits of performance. Let’s take a look in more detail.