Porsche Scuttles Baby Boxster Plans

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
porsche scuttles baby boxster plans

Rumors of a sub-Boxster Porsche roadster appear to be off again. “Another model line is not something we are concentrating on at the moment . . . my gut feeling is that we do not need one,” Porsche S&M boss Klaus Berning tells the Telegraph (via MotorAuthority). Rumors had centered around VW’s Bluesport roadster concept, which is likely to go into production as both VW and Audi-branded sports cars. That could have spelled a brutal brand dilution for Porsche, but independent development isn’t exactly a great option either, considering Porsche’s tenuous financial status. Weirdly, Berning does admit that it “could be possible to have a four-cylinder again in a 911 but it would be a Porsche four-cylinder. The 911 is the core of the brand and it follows different rules to the rest of the brand models.”

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  • Venator Venator on Jun 26, 2009

    There never was a 4-cylinder 911. It was called the 912.

  • UnclePete UnclePete on Jun 26, 2009

    I loved my 914, especially when I upgraded the engine (2 liter high-compression pistons/sleeves, dual Weber downdraft carb, extractor exhaust, etc) It was a fun little beast, at least until it rotted away... The other P-car I've ever owned was a 912 (the 4cyl 911) with a Sportomatic. I wish I still had that one.

  • Zerofoo Zerofoo on Jun 26, 2009

    That baby Boxter line drawing looks like a Fiat X1/9 from the side: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiat_X1/9 -ted

  • Davejay Davejay on Jun 27, 2009

    For what it's worth, the MR2 had a great driving position for a tall guy like myself, and I thought it was...well, not attractive, but interesting -- but the interior was painfully cheap, and the gearing was very, very low, making you wish for a sixth gear on the freeway. But yeah, the Solstice/Sky is terrible, just terrible, next to the Miata. That baby Boxter line drawing looks like a Fiat X1/9 from the side Isn't the line drawing a Porsche 914?