Want a Porsche, but can't afford a Boxster or a Cayman? Work harder. Or buy yourself a sweet 944. That's what the CEO of Porsche Cars North America said at the Paris Motor Show, confirming that a baby roadster won't happen after all. Darny darn!
A new, two-seat sports car priced and sized below the Boxster has been both rumored and eagerly anticipated for years now. As the Boxster and its roofed sibling have crept up in price, many hoped Porsche would fill the gap with a smaller model, possibly one with four-cylinder power and possibly called the Porsche 718.
Not happening, Porsche's U.S. CEO Detlev von Platen told Automotive News Europe:
"You won't see anything lower than the current Boxster model," said Detlev von Platen, CEO of Porsche Cars North America. "We had many discussions about this in the group, and the decision was made that the time is not right."
[...] "We're not talking about entry models at Porsche," said von Platen. "Our entry model is our pre-owned program."
Emphasis mine because ooooooh, sick burn.
Well, that's disappointing, but kind of disappointing. We can understand that Porsche, a dedicated maker of premium sports cars, wouldn't want to water down their brand with a cheaper roadster.
In other news, von Platen says the Porsche Macan is selling lot hot cakes, especially among younger urban buyers and women. So they've got that going for them.