ATLANTA, Georgia – The Porsche Boxster convertible and Porsche Cayman coupe will be renamed the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman when they receive a midcycle update in 2016, Porsche announced on Wednesday.
Porsche did not confirm if the two would carry the 2016 or 2017 designation.
U.S. launch timing and pricing has not been announced either.
“The 718 designation is a reference to the ground-breaking sports car Porsche introduced back in 1957, which achieved great success in a number of renowned car races,” the German automaker said in a statement.
Porsche built the midengine 718 from 1957-’62 as a successor to the 550 Spyder.
In addition to the heritage name, the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman “will share more similarities than ever before – both visually and technically,” Porsche said.
Both will use turbocharged four-cylinder engines, but technical specifications have not been released yet.
Porsche hinted hybrid technology may be part of the equation.
It noted that the 919 Hybrid racecar “serves as a platform to further fundamental technology research for future production models, combining two different energy recovery systems with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine.”
“The roadster (Boxster) will be positioned at a higher price level than the coupe – as is the case with the 911 models,” Porsche said.
The Boxster targets the BMW Z4 and Jaguar F-Type, while the Cayman competes against the BMW M3 and Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers making long-range plans should expect to see some name changes for the Boxster and Cayman when they step into Porsche showrooms next year.