Report: Porsche considering three-cylinder Boxster model

Confirming earlier reports, a Porsche executive has revealed the German automaker is considering a low CO2 version of its Boxster sports car. Perhaps even more surprisingly, the low emissions Boxster could be fitted with a three-cylinder powerplant.

Rumors of a more fuel-efficient Porsche Boxster have been swirling for over a year now, but previous reports suggest the low CO2 Boxster model would feature a four-cylinder engine based on the car's current six-pot engine. However, Boxster model line director Hans-Jurgen Wohler revealed to Autocar that a three-cylinder engine hasn't been ruled out.

"A Boxster with a four-cylinder engine, or maybe even a three-cylinder turbo, could produce between 180bhp and 200bhp and emit just 180g/km of CO2," Wohler said. "Given the Boxster's history "” that it started with a 200bhp, 2.5-liter engine "” I think this is possibly something that customers could accept."

Porsche has yet to make an official ruling on the low-emissions Boxster as it is remains unclear how Volkswagen's new ownership will impact Porsche's emissions requirements. However, Porsche will have to reduce its CO2 levels compared to 2006 by 25 percent by 2012, so expect some kind of green offering from the sports car maker.