- On the naturally aspirated six-cylinder engines of the two-door models, the bolting of the connecting rod bearings can lose tension, threatening expensive engine damage.
- Around 200 sports cars already in the hands of customers will have to be recalled to the workshops; Porsche is repairing around 800 cars that have not yet been delivered at the factory.
- The 400 or even 420 hp two-seaters – if bolted together correctly – offer performance on par with Porsche’s iconic 911
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Stuttgart-based premium carmaker Porsche needs to upgrade the engines of the top models in its 718 series – better known as the Boxster and Cayman. Business Insider learned this from circles within the company. When asked, a Porsche spokesperson confirmed that a recall is now pending.
The background to the red-hot action is a “screw connection of the connecting rod bearings that does not meet the specifications,” according to the spokesperson. Accordingly, the tight fit of the special screws at the transition from connecting rod to connecting rod bearing can lose tension, which in extreme cases threatens to result in major engine damage. The problem is initially noticeable in driving operation by knocking noises from the engine compartment located directly behind the 718 seats.
Affected are the 400-hp six-cylinder models 718 Cayman GTS 4.0, a coupe, and 718 Boxster GTS 4.0, a roadster. In addition, there are the 420-hp top versions of the 718 model family called Cayman GT4 and Spyder.
Worldwide, a total of around 200 vehicles of the four types mentioned above have to be taken to the workshop of a Porsche Center for technical remedial measures. In addition, there are almost 800 vehicles that have already been produced but not yet handed over to their owners. Porsche is rectifying the four-liter naturally aspirated engines in these cars directly at the assembly plant before delivery.
The basic prices of the sports cars affected by the recall started in Germany at 82,790 euros for the 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 and range up to 97,427 euros for the 718 Cayman GT4. The performance of the latter comes close to that of Porsche’s iconic 911 (“911”). The GT4 accelerates from zero to one hundred km/h in 4.4 seconds and has a top speed of 304 km/h. The Cayman GTS 4.0 is the most powerful Cayman in the world.
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