Although Porsche board members previously voted against a new entry-level mid-engine sports car, it seems Volkswagen -- Porsche’s new parent -- is seriously considering the idea.
Speaking to Autocar, VW Group chairman Martin Winterkorn said, "The Porsche model range is firmly based on the 911, Boxster, Cayenne, and Cayman, and it will stay that way. We are also investigating opportunities for a smaller sports car and a smaller SUV -- but I cannot say more at the moment."
Despite both vehicles being smaller, they'll likely still command a Porsche-like price tag. Insiders revealed to Autocar that when the entry-level car goes on sale sometime in late 2012, it could cost somewhere in the $50,000 range.
Rumors persist that the new-age "356" is slated to be built on the aluminum and steel chassis of the upcoming Audi R4 sports coupe. Development of that model is reportedly well underway, and unofficially scheduled for a worldwide debut mid-next year. Though they share the same underpinnings, styling and powertrains will be unique to each. Porsche is rumored to be developing a first-ever force-fed flat-four. It was unclear whether that meant turbo or supercharged power, but regardless, it'll probably be one quick ride. Power is speculated to be in the 250 hp range, or close to today's Boxster output. Fuel economy is expected to better the current Boxster. The Baby Boxster would likely share its transmission with the Audi R4. No word on the compact "Baby Cayenne," but Volkswagen has already expressed its interest in creating an all-new small SUV. Source: Autocar