Fans have been eagerly waiting for Porsche to receive a version of the small midengine roadster concept that Volkswagen introduced in 2009. Nothing was ever confirmed but it now appears that the proposed car will soon enter production, according to a recent interview by Automotive News Europe with Porsche CEO Matthias Müller.
Muller has already picked out a name: 550. For those who may not be familiar, the Porsche 550 Spyder is one of the brand’s seminal vehicles and the tiny roadster, the 1956 Targa Florio, was the first Porsche ever to win a major sports car event.
The 550, which was produced from 1953 to 1956, is famous for being the car that icon James Dean was driving when he was killed.
Over the years, the car has been a popular vehicle for replicar producers. At the 2009 Detroit auto show, Volkswagen showed off its diesel-powered Concept Bluesport roadster and this led to talk that the VW Group is developing a new car. In the ANE interview, Muller gave hints that the project is still on the table and could arrive in 2014.
Muller is quoted to have said that for 2014, he could imagine a “legitimate successor to the Porsche 550 — namely, a small midengine sports car.” He also said that the project is still in the assessment phase.
With regards to the name, he said that he can’t imagine a better name for this small roadster than the 550. But then pricing would be an issue as any model that Porsche may develop under the Boxster/Cayman would be dicey since a Porsche version of the car has to be a premium offering.
But then again, Porsche aims to sell up to 200,000 vehicles by 2018 so the prospects of a small, Porsche-badged roadster with an engine in the middle seem to be bright. [via autonews - sub. required]