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Porsche Still Considering Entry Level Model

2009 Porsche Boxster
2009 Porsche Boxster

Here's a rumour: Porsche wants to get in on the Mazda MX-5 act. According to a report by Automobilwoche, Porsche is still mulling over a possible entry level to come in at below the Boxster range.

The Zuffenhausen-based company has denied it is working on such a car but one executive has admitted that should it happen such a hypothetical car would be priced at between €33,000 and €35,000. Porsche's stronger alliance with Volkswagen would be financially ideal to use as a launch pad for a mid-engine roadster. Platform cousins would include a possible Audi R4 and/ or something based on the VW BlueSport Concept car. VW could also use its massive buying power to reduce production costs.

Likely engines would include the popular 1.4 TSI with 125kW (170hp) and possibly the 93kW (125hp) turbo diesel. Seeing that we are firmly in the world of speculation at this point, why not throw in that 2.0 TSI into the mix as well and make over 155kW (211hp) in the process? The Lotus Elise could be a benchmark for this category of car which would weigh in at about 1,000kg (2,200lbs).

VW and Porsche will do well to put their current and future relationship under careful management before collaborating on too many projects. Otherwise a situation similar to the unhealthy family feud between Audi and VW on some models could arise.

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Published Jun 15th, 2009 10:38pm By Thami Masemola
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alex_w115 alex_w115
...or a new 912, put the 1.4TFSI in the 997? No seriously, smaller displacement cars sounds good to me. I'll never be abble to afford, tax & insure a 3.6L 997. A small engined, light elise type sounds good to me. On a different note: I'm sure that, if the smart roadster had a better gearbox, it would have sold much better, and therefore still be around.
Jun 18th, 2009 10:21am
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9TNine 9TNine
I liked the 914... Porsche should re-introduce it; after all, they've been there before!
Jun 18th, 2009 7:32am
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pxsupply pxsupply
Hey, A Porsche minivan cold be a nice replacement for our Honda Odyssey! :-)
Jun 16th, 2009 9:29pm
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Aesthetics Aesthetics
personally i think the current line up are already stretching it although thank god the cayman came, the 3.4 pdk is said to be the best to drive
Jun 16th, 2009 8:51pm
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VWinsider VWinsider
Checkout the VW concept R this could be the new baby porsche???
Jun 16th, 2009 8:41pm
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Sultan91 Sultan91
personally i believe Porsche's approach is quite good, since with the global crisis, there wont be many 911 turbo or carrera gt sales compared to with lets say 1 year ago. Small engines like 1.5L are yes small, but dont forget this is Porsche we are talking about, im sure they will fit it to a well fitted body and chassis and a gearbox that fits this engine.
Jun 16th, 2009 8:30pm
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miki69 miki69
at the end they will end up rivaling fiat 500 :)
Jun 16th, 2009 7:35pm
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Aesthetics Aesthetics
porsche 914? why is everyone panicking when porsche started out with small engined small cars? the cayenne and a 4 door panamera is more out of bound than a mid engine 4 cylinder small sports car which was the core beginning at porsche. ok, ok i know ferrari should not built a 1,500cc car anymore but it is still relative. i wonder if the nicely styled VW Concept BlueSport will share internals.
Jun 16th, 2009 12:41pm
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Dr.Mabuse Dr.Mabuse
The trend downwards continues. The Boxster was supposed to be the "entry-level" car. Must they fill out every conceivable market segment? Bring on a VW take-over I say.
Jun 16th, 2009 11:00am
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yulei yulei
In my eyes,Porsche is Porsche! not a VW .
Jun 16th, 2009 10:15am
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sensei sensei
Then you don't know much about car history. Unfortunatley, even in the age of the Internet, too many Ameircans have no idea about anything. For example, most Americans think that Mercedes-benz is only a luxury car maker. This is simply not reality. MB does have the SLR, but they also offer the A-Klasse entry level car. BMW made a comeback with the Isetta. Porsche is just realizing that they too can have multi-market offerings without dilluting their premiere models.
Jun 16th, 2009 10:39am
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adz612 adz612
So what do you think a 911 is? It's a Beetle in running shoes. Anyone who is a true Porsche fan will know that the 356 and the 911 started off their lives as Beetles. (back then originally called 901, but switched to 911 thanks to some gripe by Peugeot that they hole the rights to any model designation with a '0' in the middle) As far as the entry model goes, might be a great idea, and would make for some seriously good RS models. Maybe a baby RSR. :)
Jun 16th, 2009 9:07pm
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booost booost
Anyone for a Porsche hatch? haha: http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/ff274/vrooom99/porschehatch.jpg
Jun 16th, 2009 9:57am
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catchmyshadow catchmyshadow
Porsche wouldn´t exist anymore without cars like the Cayenne. It is currently the best selling Porsche in their line up and the next generation will sell even more, cause it will look smoother and it will be far more efficient. same with the panamera and the 2-door coupe they are planning on the panamera platform. after all the criticism about the design people will get used it, like the market got used to the cayenne´s design. and such a little roadster would be a perfect entry model for younger people, like the Audi TT, BMW Z4 etc. good move. Porsche knows exactly what they are doing and what`s good for their brand and their future.
Jun 16th, 2009 9:17am
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chris25 chris25
Below porsche boxster range? uhhmmmm there is already a cayman which sits between the boxster & the carrera s, what are they going to be build below than that, the cayman 2 or something. Seriously I think, they should bring back the Carrera GT instead of something silly.
Jun 16th, 2009 8:12am
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awhk awhk
Probably a Caveman or something. lol~~~ I really hope Porsche can focus on the middle-high priced sports car range though.
Jun 16th, 2009 11:58am
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kimbo kimbo
To all Porsche haters - Just think how they've started. The 356 no 1 was a small tuned Beetle with lighter body panels and little more HP. Small and light sports cars is just what they were making in the early days. This is simply going back to the Ferdinand's philosophy.
Jun 16th, 2009 8:01am
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Emrys_Myrddin Emrys_Myrddin
You talk about BMW's s1 and Mazda's Mx-5... but there's no comparison! Porsche is not a wide range brand, at least nowadays. They started with Cayenne, came up with a diesel and now this. Seriously Porsche, don't think only in terms of profit! Keep the brand's reputation... make what you do best: great sports cars!
Jun 16th, 2009 7:31am
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N20_Purge N20_Purge
Entry Level Porsche? If so, it is likely to be based on those 2 cars in the article (Bluesport and R4) and that will make is a hit! More economical small MX5 rivalling sports cars are just what we need!
Jun 16th, 2009 6:36am
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nederina nederina
that'll be a day when porsche build a front wheel drive car
Jun 16th, 2009 5:13am
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Airbag Airbag
Why on earth would you build a mid-engined, front wheel drive car?
Jun 16th, 2009 6:34am
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nederina nederina
well i mean it doesn't get more entry level than building something that is based on a polo/golf.. front engine/front wheel drive
Jun 16th, 2009 10:55am
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sensei sensei
Return of the Porsche 924! Might not be too bad of an idea. After all, the BMW 1-Series hasn't killed BMW.
Jun 16th, 2009 5:04am
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Scuderia-Paul Scuderia-Paul
If this were to happen it would undoubtedly bring in some serious revenue for Porsche. However the brand value would be eternally diluted and would likely cost it the image and reputation it has built up over the last 50yrs or so. There is massive money to be made for manufacturers like Porsche in such a category but exclusivity has desirability should always remain a character of a top-end sportscar company. Imagine how much Ferrari could make if it put money ahead of brand value... There is a reason Luca di Montezemelo said they will not make a model below the F430.
Jun 16th, 2009 4:42am
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scratchy996 scratchy996
the 914 and 924 didn't hurt their image. as long as the car is good i see no problem. besides, a smaller car will help them with the CAFE regulations. as for Ferrari building cars cheaper than the F430, that's what Maserati is for.
Jun 16th, 2009 5:05am
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joshg_5 joshg_5
People can't forget, it's all about the money! (refer to Cayenne...) Brand value is only achieved and maintained to earn revenues from certain demographics.
Jun 16th, 2009 10:10am
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kimbo kimbo
I think 928 is going to be Panamera based coupe.
Jun 16th, 2009 4:33am
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wjaprep wjaprep
u hav now given me an instant dislike for the up and comming 928, thanks.
Jun 16th, 2009 5:57am
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booost booost
**** sellouts, agh. Heard they were planning to build a 928 type car as well?
Jun 16th, 2009 4:27am
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