Porsche planning new 914

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Porsche planning new 914

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Porsche 914 concept

Porsche 914

Porsche is planning an "elemental" low-cost roadster, according to Road and Track magazine, which would be a successor to the Volkswagen-engined 914.

Porsche is planning an "elemental" low-cost roadster, according to Road and Track magazine, which would be a successor to the Volkswagen-engined Porsche 914.

This is said to be based on the Porsche Boxster platform, but to be smaller, lighter and with a stripped-out interior. In line with the "new Porsche 914" brief, it could feature Volkswagen's 2.0-litre turbocharged, direct-injection engine as in the Golf GTI. R&T speculates that this could be tuned for 230bhp or so, and has produced some computer-generated images of what the car could look like.

Such a model would give Porsche - keen to expand its model-range in all directions - a rival for the Mazda MX-5, Opel GT/Pontiac Solstice/Saturn Sky, lower-end Audi TT and so on. It could also attract aspirant Porsche owners to the brand, including the all-important younger buyers who may then trade up to a Porsche Boxster (and perhaps, later, to a Porsche 911, a Porsche Panamera saloon or a Porsche Cayenne).

Critics are no doubt readying to declare it "not a proper Porsche" - though historically, it has a precedent and is thus much more in the Porsche tradition than either the Porsche Cayenne or the upcoming four-door Porsche Panamera.



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