Entry-level Porsche Roadster rendering
Hints from executives, rumors, and outright denials have circulated the web for over a year now, and still we're no closer to knowing for certain if a sub-Boxster model is on its way. With the recent appointment of Matthias Muller to the CEO position at Porsche, however, the new entry-level Porsche is looking more likely than ever.
The vehicle, if it's built, will be based on the shared architecture of the Volkswagen Bluesport roadster, shown to media and popular praise at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, nearly two years ago. Though the VW concept was shown with a green-oriented 2.0-liter, 180-horsepower four-cylinder turbodiesel, the Porsche variant is expected to be gasoline-only to better mate with Porsche's performance image.
Those fearing a shift to--gasp--front-wheel drive need not bite their fists, as the Bluesport concept is a mid-engine, rear-drive car. Weight distribution should be good for handling as well, with a 45:55 front:rear ratio. A six-speed dual-clutch gearbox was specced to the concept, though Porsche may use its own PDK unit for its version.
The latest report also suggests that the next Boxster (and the related Cayman) may grow in size and features to allow room in the lineup for the new smallest roadster. For more perspective on the possibility of a sub-Boxster model, check out our previous story here.