Porsche has confirmed that it will not be building a new entry-level roadster to sit beneath the Boxster two-seat roadster in its current range.
It’s no secret the German sports car manufacturer has toyed with – even revisited – the idea of a smaller, less powerful open-top roadster to rival the likes of Mazda’s new MX-5.
However, speaking to Automotive News at the Paris Motor Show 2014, chief executive officer of Porsche Cars North America, Detlev von Platen, outlined: “You won’t see anything lower than the current Boxster model. We had many discussions about this in the group and the decision was made that the time is not right.”
This does not rule out plans for the model in the future, though…
Porsche’s baby Boxster: project 718
Porsche has fuelled speculation surrounding a smaller sports car a number of times in the past, and it seems the baby Boxster did indeed evolve to the point where the project was given an internal codename: 718.
Insiders say the firm did have plans for a shorter, lighter and cheaper two-seater model compared to the Boxster, but the proposal was once again shelved – just like it has been every time the subject has materialised over the last 30 years.
The American Porsche boss dispelled any rumours surrounding an entry-level car in the near future further still by outlining Porsche already has a cheaper entry-level model:
“We’re not talking about entry models at Porsche. Our entry-level model is our pre-owned programme. “The brand’s philosophy is to attract customers looking at cheaper vehicles to the Porsche marque by its approved used car scheme.
Other Porsche projects: confirm or deny?
Alongside the spiritual successor to the Porsche 914, rumours have been rife regarding a mid-engined sports car to sit above the 911 and rival the Ferrari 458.
On this and a potential smaller four-door model based on the Panamera, von Platen wouldn’t be drawn.
So, it’s confirmed Porsche won’t be building a baby Boxster for now. But a mid-engined supercar could still be on the cards…