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Porsche 550 coming in 2014 - report

 Porsche 550 coming in 2014 - report
2011 Porsche Boxster Artist Rendering / Copyright by Larson / Road & Track

Could have a turbocharged 1.6-liter with 200 PS (147 kW / 197 hp)

Enthusiasts have been longing for an entry-level Porsche roadster and a new report is indicating the wait could soon be over.

According to Autobild, the highly-anticipated successor to the 356 will be launched in the summer of 2014. The magazine says the car will be powered by a mid-mounted, turbocharged 1.6-liter engine with approximately 200 PS (147 kW / 197 hp). More importantly, the model is expected to cost €39,000 which is roughly €8,000 less than the current Boxster.

Source: Autobild.de

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BushMaster
Porsche should price it around US$35,000.00, no electronic aids, basic dampers, 4wheel abs atmost and fun to drive. Oh yeah don't delete the a/c, make it like the 1st gen mazda mx5 no driving aids. It'll sell like hot cakes for sure
Jun 29, 2011 8:53 am
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tbrodie
If it is light enough, it will be fine. Besides, inevitably there will be an S model with 240-270 hp. It sounds like VWs Bluesport won't even have a power top, so if this is similarly decontented, it could almost be the Boxster Spyder/Cayman R purist equivalent.
Jun 25, 2011 7:15 am
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Mr_You
Small, light weight, high revving, variable geometry turbo. Yes I'll take one or two.
Jun 24, 2011 1:32 am
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Alainckw
Good news, 1.6 turbo with lightweight can be real fast. Looking forward to this car.
Jun 23, 2011 11:34 pm
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Shumy
can be fast but everything is not about the speed. Yes not all cars are that powerful but this is nothing besides the other ones... 197hp is an engine of a mini cooper...
Jun 23, 2011 11:40 pm
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Shumy
can be fast but everything is not about the speed. Yes not all cars are that powerful but this is nothing besides the other ones... 197hp is an engine...
Jun 29, 2011 7:30 pm
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v6s_stink
A four-pot boxer engine without feminine styling would be nice, but not at 39 G's.
Jun 23, 2011 11:25 pm
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NYyanks
I like the design to current porsches, BUT an engine producing only 197 hp in a porsche doesn't do the style justice. it looks fast, but it won't go fast. not good, not good.
Jun 23, 2011 9:05 pm
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mnovakowski
This will be a roughly $50,000 car so the mustang v6 will blow its doors off in price and performance. Porsche needs to get real with their pricing.
Jun 23, 2011 8:34 pm
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Dolomight 74-86
I don't mind at all if they use an Impreza style Flat-4 rather than an inline-4. It would be nice if it was sub 2500lbs in weight.
Jun 23, 2011 7:06 pm
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RoadRunner
This car will be based on the Audi TT chassis and will probly have and Audi engine so not really a porsche at the end of the day.
Jun 23, 2011 6:44 pm
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porschecarreragtmay6
No, you're wrong. Porsche will develope the platform for this car, and the engine. Then Audi and VW will base their own mini sportscars on this platform, albeit with less power, and a lower price. I guarantee you this will be a true Porsche. The original 356 only had around 95hp (the most powerful variant). Yes, I understand this is modern day, but this car will be closer to Porsche's philosophy and soul than, dare I say it, the 911. The idea of a Porsche is small, lightweight, small power outputs, small engines, good sound, fluid handling, and most importantly, it shouldn't be trendy.
Jun 24, 2011 9:04 am
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Hellbound
For €39,000 there's a lot of metal on sale that can offer buyers more than 200bhp and decent sports car handling. The image of the Boxster is dubious at best (watch the new series of Top Gear if you don't know what I mean), this car is definitely built for young women. Give us a £30k fixed head coupe please. If you seriously want to own a Porsche, take your 39k Euros and buy a pre-owned 997 from a main dealer.
Jun 23, 2011 6:42 pm
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SnakesInMyPants
The Porsche 550 Stuttgart. I wonder if they'll upgrade it to a 575 Stuttgart a few years later.
Jun 23, 2011 5:22 pm
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scratchy996
now that Lotus becomes fat, it's good to see the 550 back in the picture.
Jun 23, 2011 5:09 pm
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johnakis
like like like!!!!!:)
Jun 23, 2011 4:46 pm
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Microice
Brand whores will jump on it like flies to crumbs of a good cake but do we honestly want this? Part of the appeal of owning a Porsche is the exclusivity and this just throws me off the brand as it will me very common.
Jun 23, 2011 4:11 pm
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AG4
Aside from the affordable VW-Porsche 914 and 924, the first production Porsches were little 4-cylinder cars (the 356). If Porsche can make an affordable roadster that handles and performs well, why not? I hope they push through with it.
Jun 23, 2011 4:53 pm
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RODHA
A Porsche with an inline 4 cylinder engine producing just 200 hp. God help us all...
Jun 23, 2011 4:06 pm
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scratchy996
yeah, because power is everything, right ?
Jun 23, 2011 5:01 pm
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zamzungas
Power isn't everything, however i dont believe that it will gives a good feeling of driving, so within a power it would be worthless porsche. just like 944..
Jun 23, 2011 5:25 pm
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Xjpro
When introduced back in 1996, the Porsche Boxster produced 201hp out of the M96 codename engine. Never doubt about Porsche's ability of making significant power updates out of it's engines, specially if they are turbocharged
Jun 23, 2011 5:49 pm
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Narco
.......it isn't?
Jun 23, 2011 11:55 pm
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Antichrist
Looks like a mini Porsche Carrera GT!
Jun 23, 2011 3:42 pm
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PAA
Yep, which is a good thing given the design of the Porsche line. Now, can they make it behave like a true Porsche despite its "low" power? Then they'll have a hit car for the masses. Good for the company but not for the Porsche fanatics.
Jun 24, 2011 6:38 am
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