Porsche’s entry-level roadster still in the works

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

Like the rest in the auto industry, Porsche is also suffering from the global economic crisis, which has forced the carmaker to welcome more sources of funds. There are speculations suggesting that Porsche is considering a fresh entry-level roadster which is position just under the latest Boxster and design in the tradition of the 60' and 70' Porsche 914.

Reports from Germany have been saying that there is still a likelihood that Porsche is working on such a vehicle in contradiction to earlier pronouncement of the carmaker's research and development section. Even though the Porsche 914, which is a lightweight mid-engined vehicle, was far from ideal, a lot of enthusiasts around the world have opted to preserve it and you can see one on both the tracks and the streets even today.

The possibility of a speculated new entry-level Porsche roadster is further established considering that VW has just come out with its latest mid-engined platform intended for the Bluesport roadster concept model with a view toward a production variant.

Porsche has already hinted that the car could come with a price tag as low as 33,000 Euros, although they were quick to point out that such model does not sit well with the current market position of Porsche, although it could if they can come up with a an additional fifth model line. If this plan comes to fruition, the small roadster will have been a creation of both Porsche and VW, although essentially VW will be providing the basic mechanicals.

The engines that are most likely to come with the new roadster will be the 1.4 turborcharged/supercharged TSI powerplant that produces 170hp (126kW) and the four-cylinder diesel variant that produces 125hp (93kW). Of course, the diesel variant would be more ideal to an economy variant of the roadster rather than a Porsche branded version.

It will not come with LSD to avoid competing with the low-ender Boxster models. The baby roadster will weigh in at around 2,200lbs (1,000kg) and with a 170hp (126kW) power source under the hood, plus Porsches famous suspension tuning and steering design, making the small Porsche equal to its predecessors.

All of these are just speculations though, but it seems to sound right. However, when tight fuel economy standards and a connection to established enthusiast history are considered, Porsche might succeed in providing the new roadster a fine welcome when it actually arrives.

Topics: porsche, roadster

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