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Porsche entry-level roadster still under consideration - report

 Porsche entry-level roadster still under consideration - report
2013 Porsche Boxster 12.01.2012

Four-cylinder Boxster also confirmed

A few months ago, Porsche CEO Matthias Müller put the brakes on the company's highly-anticipated entry-level roadster. Now, the executive has confirmed the model is in development and has already been shown to focus groups.

The only question is timing. As the executive told Motor Authority, "When is the right time [to launch the model]? Now? Three years from now? Six or seven?" He went on to explain that if the model poses any risk to the company's image, it would be delayed until a later date.

Müller's sentiments were echoed by board member Bernhard Maier who said "We're in no hurry. We have the freshest and youngest model line we've had in our history." He added that once the model is green-lighted, it would take three years to get it into production.

Besides talking about the 550 Spyder revival, Müller reportedly confirmed the Boxster will be offered with a four-cylinder engine. There's no word on when it will be available, but previous reports have suggested it could displace 2.5-liters and produce up to 360 hp (268 kW / 365 PS) in turbocharged guise.

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theduder
The new 550 will be a retro styled 356 Speedster, at least in silhouette. This isn't about being a sub-Boxster, its about taking sales from Mini Cooper. Going the route of a new 356 is like taking over the entire Mini brand. Where Mini has a hard time creating new offerings, Porsche can easily offer a Speedster, cabriolet and coupe. Anyone that argues brand dilution forgets Porsche has a long history of marginal sports cars, 914 I'm looking at you. And whoever complains the Mini doesn't adequately serve the market it intends to serve? The Mini is a fun little car, surely Porsche can offer that. Its 'me too' marketing folks.
Mar 13, 2012 10:17 pm
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CarFan1978
360 hp from 2.5-liters!? The current Boxster S comes with a 3.4-liter engine and delivers 315 HP. If what is claimed is accurate, thank the turbo for more horses and less CO2.
Mar 13, 2012 1:14 pm
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CatZura
It's not really about "image". It's about profit. A cheaper (and therefore less profitable) Porsche would make the Boxter redundant. The only reason people buy the Boxter is because they don't care so much about performance and don't want to pay extra for a 911, yet still want the Porsche badge. In other words, if you have a choice between the cheap and light 550, and the proper 911, why would anyone buy a Boxter?
Mar 13, 2012 12:52 pm
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DaAustrian
Bollocks. The Cayman and Boxster are the Porsche for real driving enthusiasts, who cannot afford a GT3. If they had as much HP as the 911s, theyd outperform them. so if Porsche would now release a new modell sitting beneath the Boxster/Cayman (only with 4-Cylinder-engines and a maximum of 250BHP), it'd just complete the range and get them access to new buyers with lower budgets.
Mar 13, 2012 5:18 pm
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DBaskov
Boxter is in it's own league with the price and performance.
Mar 13, 2012 5:59 pm
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adz911
Have you ever driven a Boxster alogside a 911? Trust me. It's vastly different. The 911 is unique thanks to its engine layout and offers a rewarding yet slightly scary experience. The Boxster is a triumph in terms of handling if not outright pace. Beautifully poised, balanced and surgically accurate. Should a 911 and Boxster be blessed with the same engine, and taken around a track, I would put my money on a Boxster, sorry to say. The 911 is a legend no doubt, but it's also an act of defiance against the laws of physics. It shouldn't work, but it does, which is why it's no highly respected. Anyways, as far as a smaller model goes, I say go for it. Would be nice to see a smaller Porsche which will be light, powerful and well balanced. And it's also worth remembering, that the original Boxster is what saved Porsche from going under, because it was affordable, pretty, and such a great car to drive.
Mar 14, 2012 4:59 am
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vilivo
They were never supercar- orientated, their aim was alway to build the best cars possible, bringing a balance of useability, comfort and performance. Having proven that they can do this even when it comes to SUV and sedan vehicles, I doubt anyone can put their ability to perfect any segment of vehicle under any question...
Mar 13, 2012 12:43 pm
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OsamaS.Husain
Poses any risk to the company's image?? after the Panamera and the cayenne Porsche is already erased the mighty German super car manufacturer image.. so you want a roadster Porsche or even a Hatchback ? be my guest.
Mar 13, 2012 11:47 am
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