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We Hear: Sub-Porsche Boxster Roadster Not Coming

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/6/2014 Jason Udy

After years of speculation and rumors, Porsche has officially decided not to build a roadster below the Boxster, Automotive News reports. The automaker was believed to be working on a mid-engine four-cylinder powered Porsche 718 roadster.

"You won't see anything lower than the current Boxster model," Detlev von Platen, CEO of Porsche Cars North America, told Automotive News. "We had many discussions about this in the group, and the decision was made that the time is not right."

The Porsche 718 roadster was said to be shorter, lighter, and more affordable than the Boxster, with which it was rumored to share its wheelbase. Instead of the Boxster’s naturally aspirated flat-six cylinder engines, the 718 was rumored to be powered by new turbocharged flat-four engines.

"We're not talking about entry models at Porsche," said von Platen. "Our entry model is our pre-owned program."

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Now those turbocharged F-4 engines could make their way into the Boxster and Cayman. The turbocharged engines would come in two sizes and power levels, including a 286-hp 2.0-liter and a 360-hp 2.5-liter. The largest 2.5-liter turbocharged F-4 could also make it into the 911 as an entry-level engine.

Rendering shown above. All other images are of the 2015 Porsche Boxster GTS.

Source: Automotive News (Subscription required)

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