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    Porsche's 2.7 liter direct injected flat-6 tops the BMW N54, N55, N57, and N57S

    The 2.5 liter to 3.0 liter displacement category of the Engine of the year awards is a hotly contested category. It is also a category BMW tends to dominate. For the first time in eight years someone other than BMW has won the award and it is Porsche breaking the streak with their 2.7 liter flat-6 motor out of the 981 Boxster and Cayman. The 265-275 horsepower (265 Boxster 275 Cayman) wins the award for the very first time.

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    It was amazing to see this motor knock out the perennial winner the N54 as well as the BMW N55, N57, and N57S. The judges were impressed with the power (just over 100 hp per liter) plus the efficiency of the naturally aspirated motor. Definitely nice to see the naturally aspirated motor is not dead and can beat turbo owners in its own displacement category. Nice to see not everyone has given up on natural aspiration and that it most certainly can be done efficiently. Congratulations to Porsche on an impressive award in a hotly contested class.

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    Not having driven it yet, I have been kinda optimistic about the 981. But after reading comments from 987 owners comparing and complaining about the torque of the new engine as well as reviews such as these (although not very "scientific") about the engine, I have got some doubts:



    The car is probably great overall with a superb chassi and all, but needs to be tuned to be taken to itīs full potential. I doubt the S factory upgrade is sufficient. More is needed. Any indication from this award on how tunable this engine really is?

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by kokostrollet Click here to enlarge
    But after reading comments from 987 owners comparing and complaining about the torque of the new engine as well as reviews such as these (although not very "scientific") about the engine, I have got some doubts:
    People are spoiled today. A 2.7 liter 275 horsepower motor is very, very impressive. Especially when it is as green and efficient as this one.

    If one wants more torque and power, that is why the 3.4 motor exists right?

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    Very impressive motor. I think the perceived slowness is more due to the fact cars are so refined now and that there is a fair amount of weight to be pulled around. Gearing makes a big difference as well - a lot of reviews say that the Boxster and Caymans have gearing which is too tall for spirited driving.

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