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Porsche to revive 356 Speedster in 2013?

 Porsche to revive 356 Speedster in 2013?
2011 Porsche Boxster Artist Rendering / Copyright by Larson / Road & Track

Could be powered by Audi’s 2.0-liter TFSI engine

New speculation has emerged about a long rumored entry-level Porsche which could go into production by 2013.

Reports indicate the model would be called the 356 Speedster and it will feature an extremely lightweight two-seater design as well as a mid-engine setup. Based on a production version of Volkswagen's Blue Sport Concept, the 356 Speedster would only weigh about 760 kg (1675 lbs) thanks to the use of lightweight materials such as aluminum and possibly even magnesium.

While it's impossible to know exactly what engine would provide motivation for the new model, the leading contender appears to be Audi's 2.0-liter TFSI. Considering that the current Boxster uses a 2.9-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 255 hp and 214 lb-ft of torque, the 2.0 TFSI would allow the 356 Speedster to slot slightly below the Boxster in terms of performance as it only produces 211 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Another possible engine choice is the 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine from the Volkswagen Scirocco which cranks out a modest 160 hp, but that seems a little weak for Porsche's premium status.

According to the Autozeitung, Porsche sees the new 356 Speedster as a critical step towards meeting more stringent fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission regulations. Speculated to cost less than €40,000 (in Germany), the model would also help the company attract more budget conscious consumers in a similar fashion that the Boxster did over a decade ago.

Note: 2011 Porsche Boxster artist rendering image above is for illustrative purposes only. Originally published Nov 6, 2007.

 

Source: autozeitung

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Comments (22)

 Andy_T Andy_T
Unfortunately, the 760 kg are valid only for the original 356, this car will weigh about 1200 kg. Best regards
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June 22, 2009 12:39 am
 Prince_Ash Prince_Ash
I dont understand, why do something like this ? why not make a newer fresher car instead of reviving a dead box.
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March 26, 2009 2:20 pm
 mlporsche mlporsche
gone nuts 2 make such an underpowered porsche...this will dilute the brand
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March 26, 2009 10:39 am
 Iconic Iconic
Just throw a Subaru turbo boxer in there and make it all wheel drive!! Too bad it supposed to be lite.
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March 26, 2009 3:11 am
 Iconic Iconic
Just throw a Subaru turbo boxer in there and make it all wheel drive!! T
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March 26, 2009 3:10 am
 alex_w115 alex_w115
trspeed600: ...and porsche would never build a diesel... maybe eventually they'll build the 356_speedster_tdi?
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March 26, 2009 1:07 am
 trspeed600 trspeed600
Oh, and Porsche would NEVER call another car the 356 again...cmon guys really!
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March 25, 2009 11:54 pm
 trspeed600 trspeed600
It's not bad news for anyone simply because it is alot of nonsense that has no fact backing it. Porsche has stated many times that they will not build a car less expensive than the Boxster! Speculate all you like but this is nothing more than a figment of someones overworked imagination.
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March 25, 2009 11:53 pm
 scratchy996 scratchy996
this is bad news for Lotus.
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March 25, 2009 10:54 pm
 norther norther
they should put the 2.0 tfsi from the r-gti, 260-270 bhp. nice little car
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March 25, 2009 9:52 pm
 boxster127 boxster127
Jamaicandude, One problem with creating a flat four from the existing flat six for this car is packaging. The boxer engine needs to be installed longitudinally to mate with the transmission. The VW Blue Sport Concept has a transversely mounted inline four.
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March 25, 2009 6:35 pm
 911fnatic 911fnatic
This is the future of the sports car imo, more Elise-type cars.
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March 25, 2009 6:21 pm
 steelerfan2009 steelerfan2009
it even looks like an audi.
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March 25, 2009 6:03 pm
 Jamaicandude Jamaicandude
I think this would be brilliant. Porsche is full of capable engineers... it shouldn't be too difficult to chop two cylinders off the corporate flat six and stuff the resulting high winding flat four in there to give it some individuality and character. Keep the base price around $35K and it'd definitely be a hit.
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March 25, 2009 5:32 pm
 kimbo kimbo
Good step by Porsche. Lightweight and even a bit less powerful cars can be faster than some oversized super-hyper-cars nonsense. I'd still take Caterham R500 though.
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March 25, 2009 5:20 pm
 Bristol411S3 Bristol411S3
I am not entirely sure I am againt this. A few years ago a rebadge of a VW would have had me spitting nails, but we can't forget the 914/6 and the 924, nor the Cayenne, so there is some precedent for working with other people's cast offs already.
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March 25, 2009 4:16 pm
 cornflakes99 cornflakes99
Platform by Volkswagen, Drivetrain by Audi, apart from the name 356 what part of this will be a porsche?
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March 25, 2009 4:15 pm