Umm... what is this convention you're referring to? Just the fact that they start with 98? Because other than that, it's a bunch of gibberish like most of the internal numbers Porsche gives their models. They seem to make some sort of sense... until suddenly they don't for no apparent reason.986/987/981 naming convention
All internal production model codes have been 9xx since the 356. The recent passenger sports car naming convention has been 986/996, 987/997, 981/991. I highly doubt Porsche would abandon that without good reason, i.e. the platforms are diverging. The internal codes are a big part of the brand identity, especially to long-time Porsche aficionados. Using 718 (or other non-9xx) codes would signal a dramatic change in direction and would, in my view, be quite significant.Umm... what is this convention you're referring to? Just the fact that they start with 98? Because other than that, it's a bunch of gibberish like most of the internal numbers Porsche gives their models. They seem to make some sort of sense... until suddenly they don't for no apparent reason.
Now... it would seem really strange to change it from 981 to 718 for a refresh... but if the next gen came out in a few years and was called 718... well... that would make just as much sense as many of the other designations they've come out with.
So long as it still says Boxster/Cayman on the back... who cares? They could call the next 911 the 294 for all I care. It'll still say 911 on the back and will still be a 911.
As per Worldcarfans the next gen cayman/boxster to be named 718 and cost "significantly less" due to 4 cylinder turbos ...
Next-gen Boxster and Cayman to be renamed Porsche 718
Read the references. C&D got no new information. They ALL recycle one story. There is no original reporting here.Next Porsche Boxster/Cayman Could be Rechristened 718 â€“Â*News â€“Â*Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
The skeptics here can feel free to add car and driver to their list of "bottom scraping blogs" and "bottom feeders". Granted this is still far from official, the rumor has enough veracity to make it to C&D as well as Automobile. World Car Fans while certainly not on the same tier, I think is pretty unfair to be labeled as such.
Neither was the Cayenne, Macan, or the Panamera. Heck, look at their LMP1 car - a V4 turbo with a hybrid engine. How far could they possibly have gotten away from their DNA on that one.I have a very hard time getting past a turbo engine (regardless of number of cylinders) with MORE HP and a lower price. That just doesn't seem to have been in Porsche's DNA. But then, I guess anything is possible.