By on November 9, 2012

At the auto show in Los Angeles, next to Stuttgart basically home turf for Porsche, the company will have a small surprise for a big country: Porsche will unveil a “new compact sports car” at the show. Mum’s the word.

New to the U.S, is the 911 Carrera 4, as in all wheels. Porsche says “can be clearly made out by its JLo-sized ass prominent broad rear section and red rear light strip between the rear lights.”

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21 Comments on “Porsche Brings New Small Sports Car To LA...”


  • avatar
    Mark Stevenson

    Bertel — will the new compact sports car slot below the Boxster or is this a Boxster replacement?

  • avatar

    The new Boxster has just been released, so this will have to be a new model.

    • 0 avatar
      racer-esq.

      Drunk Nate Silver predicts it will be an updated Cayman, to match the updated Boxster, and gives it a 92 percent chance of not being a shooting brake.

      The thing under wraps in Bertel’s picture, if it is a Porsche, appears to be the Macan small SUV.

  • avatar
    Freddy M

    Some of us like a JLO sized @$$.

    … on a car … ^_^

  • avatar
    Vega

    The outline under the tarp looks like the Cajun compact SUV. I wouldn’t get too excited…

    • 0 avatar
      ccd1

      I’m with Vega. There has been talk of a new SUV model smaller than the Cayenne or a smaller version of the Panamera. Porsche officials have rejected the notion of a smaller Boxster, claiming it would “dilute” the Porsche brand (I’m really trying to keep a straight face as I type that). Would not get up hopes for a real sports car addition to the lineup.

      • 0 avatar
        el scotto

        +1 For keeping a straight face whilst typing :). You guys are right, it’s a small SUV. Ya think they’d make the VW bluesport and slap some Porsche badges on it and ask 10k more.

      • 0 avatar
        NMGOM

        Well, guys…

        I don’t know about the small SUV thing. The scale of the photo is still hard to determine, but a smaller car than an SUV is not out of the question for me.

        You don’t suppose that Porsche would do something as heretical as a FWD/AWD hot hatch, do you?
        It could be plenty sporty without trampling on the Boxster, right?

        ———–

      • 0 avatar
        NMGOM

        Vega and ccd1…

        Quote from “TopSpeed” today:

        “UPDATE 11/09/2012: Porsche has officially confirmed today that the new generation Cayman will be making its world debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Here’s the official announcement: “The world premiere of a compact sports car at the LA Auto Show will give added dy-namic impetus to this trend. Porsche is presenting the new vehicle to the international media for the first time at a press conference at 12:05 pm on November 28 at the Porsche show booth in the Petree Hall.””

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        There’s a rumor circulating that it will either be a vehicle similar to the now defunct Chevrolet Avalanche, while one industry insider claims to have proof it’s going to be Porsche’s modern interpretation of the Reliant Robin (complete with a ecoboosted 0.75 liter 2.65 cylinder motor).

  • avatar
    fredtal

    I doubt the price will compact enough for me to get too excited.

  • avatar
    -Cole-

    Is that it in the first picture? I’m sure it’s the Macan, which fits the description.

  • avatar
    JohnTheDriver

    It’s the new Cayman. Duh.

    You see, this question is really all about the “Modularer Standardantrieb-Baukasten.” Did I just lose you? OK, I’ll back up a bit. There has been a consistent rumor that Porsche will produce a modern version of the 550 (or perhaps the 904, there’s lots of rumors out there.) Well kids, it aint gonna happen. We know this. We’ve known it for a long time. Porsche keeps saying it over and over again. If Porsche were to even consider such an animal it would almost certainly have to be built on either the existing mid-engine platform (I’ll spare you the German) or the above mentioned standard modular package. Well, long story short, if anything gets the mid-engine platform (other than the 981) it will be the R8. But not this year. Or next year.

    So that brings us to the bluesport. Which does not exist. OK, it exists but only as an aging prototype with no real engineering platform behind it. And even if such a platform existed why would Porsche build it? It would be a VW product. Badging it as a Porsche makes about as much sense as having Lamborghini build an ice cream truck.

    The brand dilution argument actually makes a great deal of sense, but of course you have to actually understand the competing engineering architectures developed by Audi, Porsche and VW respectively.

    • 0 avatar
      el scotto

      Personally, I could give two hoots about “the competing engineering architectures developed by Audi, Porsche and VW respectively.” I have friends with an R series Audi, A Golf GTI, and a Boxster S. I live close to all 3 dealers, seems like they go in for maintenance a great deal. All are beasts when they’re running well.

    • 0 avatar
      imag

      VW already said they had canned the platform. I don’t think it has anything to do with brand dilution – they were fine with building a VW version, an Audi version, and a Porsche version. The real issue that people are not buying $35-$60K sports cars. It’s simple: none of them are selling well.

      The Z is selling poorly, as is the Miata at the low end and even the Boxster/Caymen at the upper end. The Elise is selling miserably. Pony cars are different creatures and pull in a different market. The Toyobaru is selling because it’s new and because they got it in under $30K. The FR-S used a lot of existing Suburu components and it still will be lucky to earn back the engineering costs over its lifetime.

      Much as I want a $35-$55K mid-engine sports car personally, I have to realize that almost no one else does, and the people that do can’t afford them these days.

      • 0 avatar
        th009

        That’s really it. With the arrival of Winterkorn, VW has cut back on the development of hobby horses that do not have a reasonable business case (Bugatti may have been the ultimate in that regards).

        The FR-S might be a reasonable investment, but cars like the Mercedes SLS, or the Alfa 8C make much less sense, as desirable as they might be to the potential buyer. High development costs, low sales volumes, and little benefit as halo cars. (MB doesn’t need a halo car, and the 8C is really irrelevant to Alfa’s two small FWD hatchback models.)

    • 0 avatar
      el scotto

      “the competing engineering architectures developed by Audi, Porsche and VW respectively.” Applies to the Routan, Q7, and Cayenne how? A Grand Caravan and two jacked-up wagons are hardly paragons of vehicle engineering.

      • 0 avatar
        CJinSD

        Of course there is also the VW Toureg, which shares the VW PL71 platform with the Porsche and Audi you mentioned. Then there is the planned platform sharing between the next generation Panamera and A8. Isn’t the small Porsche CUV going to be a badge engineered Q5 while we’re at it? Maybe there isn’t a market for an affordable Porsche sports car. The willingness to put Porsche badges on shopping trolleys and the base Cayenne already being the cheapest Porsche even before they go further downmarket to try and compete with compact CUVs that have transaction prices under $40K shows that they are willing to go downmarket and they are willing to share whatever platform it takes. That they tell their customers differently to justify not making a sports car shows a lack of respect for their customers’ intelligence.

  • avatar
    jasonm

    I present to you the Porsche Roxster:

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2570/4091799842_2444596547_o.jpg

  • avatar
    Andy D

    Oooh, a small suv with Porsche styling cues. Sorta like the AMC eagle, that looked like a Pinto on steroids.


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