Porsche "Roxster" Baby-Ute Spotted (Not Literally)
Auto Motor und Sport's Erlkoenig spies have spotted Porsche's new Roxster baby ute being shaken down in camouflage. The fifth member of the Porsche model line is based on Audi's forthcoming Q5. There had been talk of the Roxster boasting a 400 hp version of the Cayenne V8, but carbon emissions rules have likely put that idea to bed. The same V6 slated for Ingostadt's iteration will likely power Porsche's cute ute (ugh). The styling appears to remain fairly faithful to the Cayenne's forgettable shape. Auto Motor und Sport thinks Porsche has attached bits of Cayenne to the Roxster test mule, but a shorter rear overhang and steep rear c-pillar give the Roxster a much more pert rear quarter than the billious Cayenne. Up front, the headlights appear more Cayman than the Cayenne. Look for the Roxster to debut in 2010 (our favorite year), sometime after the Panamera four-door GT becomes the fourth Porsche model line (counting the Cayman and Boxster as a single line). Clearly, BMW has to worry about X3 sales. But without a V8, will Porsche offer anything (besides a higher price and some brand snobbery) that the Audi doesn't? Let the spin begin!
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