New details have come to light about Porsche’s long rumored entry-level model.
Recent reports state that the mid-engine sports car, tentatively dubbed the “new 356”, will cost approximately $54,022 USD. This makes it likely that the entry-level 2.9-litre Boxster will be eliminated when it is redesigned
Power will be provided by a turbocharge four-cylinder engine with 250bhp. While details are limited, the engine is expected to be engineered in a similar vein to Porsche’s current flat six but with a displacement of 1.9- or 2.0-litres.
The baby Porsche will ride on a new steel and aluminum platform, which will also be used for Audi’s upcoming R4, the Porsche should be lightweight and highly responsive. While the cars will share a common structure and several major components (the transmission, electrical system, and most likely some suspension pieces), they will both have unique styling and performance personalities.
The Audi R4 will be launched in June 2011 and the ‘new 356’ will arrive in late 2012.