Porsche says the Boxster and Cayman will be labeled the 718 Boxster & Cayman image

The German automaker has just released a teaser rendering depicting the updated Boxster and Cayman entry-level sports cars, which hence forward will be titled the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman.

The new designation has been introduced to refer to the company’s heritage – namely the ground-breaking Porsche 718 from 1957 and also hints at the company’s line of four cylinder offerings. The automaker has commented on the naming scheme reminding us the 718 RSK was responsible for a class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1958 where it employed a powerful and fuel-efficient four-cylinder powerplant that delivered 142 hp (105 kW). Moving further down the history isle we can find the brand’s 919 Hybrid LMP1 which makes use today of a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and has recently delivered the manufacturer’s and driver’s championship titles in the World Endurance Championship.

Porsche didn’t just tip off the name change for the Boxster and Cayman but also said the two models will be closer to each other when it comes to exterior styling and performance levels. The automaker is not going to tip us off to anymore details regarding the sporty pair but we do know from the rumor mill the models will make use of downsized turbocharged 1.6- and 2.0-liter four-cylinder mills churning out in their most powerful form a total of 286 hp (213 kW). Both the 718 Boxster and Cayman should be presented to the public sometimes in 2016 and Porsche also confirmed the Coupe will be priced lower than its roadster sibling.