Porsche has announced a name change for the next Porsche Boxster and Cayman to 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman and suggested they’ll become more similar going forward.

PORSCHE HAS DIPPED into its back catalogue to resurrect the 718 model name that dominated racing in the 1950s and ’60s. It’s decided to rename its next-generation Boxster and Cayman models as 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman hinting that two models will show “more similarities – both visual and technical”.

“In the future, both will have equally powerful four-cylinder flat engines with turbocharging. The Roadster will be positioned at a higher price level than the Coupé – as is done for the 911 models. Porsche will introduce the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman over the course of 2016,” Porsche said in a short statement.

The Porsche 718 was a successor to the Porsche 550 Spyder and achieved wins three times between 1959 and 1960 at the legendary Italian Targa Florio race in Sicily. At the 24 Hours of Le Mans race 1958, the 718 RSK scored a class victory. But there’s more to this than just a great name, the 718 was powered by a four-cylinder engine… see the connection now.

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