Latest details on the new Boxster, which will be bigger to allow for an entry-level Porsche

Porsche will increase the size of its two-seat roadster, the 2012 Boxster, in order to make room for a smaller and cheaper entry-level model based on the new Volkswagen BlueSport.

The next Boxster’s wheelbase and overall length will both grow, the latter to nearly 4.4 metres, providing more passenger and luggage space.

See Autocar's rendering of the new baby Boxster

The timing of the arrival of he new convertible coincides with the end of Porsche’s contract with Valmet Automotive in Finland, where the current Boxster and Cayman are made. In early 2012, production of the cars will switch to Stuttgart.

Before then, incoming Porsche boss Matthias Muller will clear the way for a cheaper entry-level Porsche based on the new mechanicals of the VW BlueSport roadster, Autocar has learned.

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Muller is an expert product planning strategist who’s proved his skills within the VW Group, and is a supporter of the three-pronged plan to put the BlueSport into production.

His remit from the highest ranks of the VW Group executive board is to integrate Porsche into the organisation by harmonising its production methods with those of its new sister brands, and by seizing opportunities for wider co-operation and component sharing with Audi in particular.

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Porsche’s top man is also planning to demonstrate to the conservative old guard that its sports cars needn’t be 100 per cent unique to be successful.

The BlueSport roadster was a concept at the 2009 Detroit show and has since met with enough enthusiasm from interested buyers to convince VW that it deserves a future.

However, the business case for investment in a new platform for the BlueSport depends upon it being a ‘three-brand car’, with combined production volume of close to 100,000 units a year.

Read Autocar's first drive of the VW BlueSport

VW brand executives are keen to back the project, but their counterparts at Audi and Porsche — the two other VW Group brands who would need to offer models based on the BlueSport’s platform in order to make its business case viable — have been lukewarm.

But Muller could be the man to make the sub-£30,000 Porsche happen, thanks to his direct experience of Audi mechanicals — gained during his time working on Ingolstadt’s ‘MLP’ platform — plus an allegiance to advocates of the BlueSport proposal highly placed within the VW Group.

Muller also has the will to sway the conservative Stuttgart execs.

Matt Saunders

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16 August 2010

Hmmm, I have a feeling that existing/potential Boxster owners won't be too happy about this. I'm sure many Porsche owners will consider this a major dilution of the brand due to the price. We'll wait and see...

16 August 2010

wasn't the boxter originaly supposed to be the 'baby' Porsche? I guess they will shift a few of them but it has to be a 'proper' Porsche rather than a 924

16 August 2010

If it aims for lightness and uses sustainable materials in its build it could be an industry leader. The need for a true competitor to the MX5 is long overdue.

16 August 2010

yaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwnnnnnnnnnnnnn !

16 August 2010

[quote pabs]yaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwnnnnnnnnnnnnn ![/quote]Think of the effort that went into posting that yawn ... and how there's nothing about Porsche's intention to meet demand from roadster enthusiasts.

16 August 2010

A new Porsche sports car is always a good thing. However, what worries me about this one is that it is based on a VW. What will Porsche do to it to make it a Porsche rather than a VW with a Porsche badge on it. As an enthusiast, the last thing I want to read is that the guy doing it is from a marketing background and is excellent at 'product placement'. I want an enthusiast's car that goes and handles like stink not a cynical marketing exercise.

Hope the trolls don't close this Porsche thread down like the last one. Be nice everyone!

16 August 2010

Entry level cars from luxury manufacturers always have a habit of getting a lot more more expensive as the launch date nears. I'd be surprised if this hit the market at below £35K and then you'll get range bunching with the Boxster/Cayman/911 which will eventually push them upmarket. Remember when the Range Rover Evoque was going to be £20K?

16 August 2010

Any Porsche owner who gets his knickers in a twist about sharing components with VW is ignoring reality and history. Porsche is part of VW now, and in any case they've been component-sharing for most of the last 60 years on entry-level models.

When the Cayenne was first suggested we were told that Boxster and 911 owners would be mortally insulted by Porsche producing an SUV, but that's been the company's biggest soruce of profits for years, and it's a platform share with VW. Furthermore, most of them sold in the UK have a version of a VW engine, the 3.0 diesel. Doesn't seem to bother the Cayenne punter, adn nor has it stopped people buying 997s and 987s.


16 August 2010

[quote Submariner Redux]Any Porsche owner who gets his knickers in a twist about sharing components with VW is ignoring reality and history. Porsche is part of VW now, and in any case they've been component-sharing for most of the last 60 years on entry-level models.[/quote]

Yes, you're right. I was just bemoaning this article which seems to proclaim the brilliance of the marketing guy when I really want to know what Porsche (not VW) are doing to make this a Porsche sports car from its components. I suppose I don't actually care if they are VW parts (at least they'll work if they are), more how they will be assembled to make it wonderful and worth of my money.

16 August 2010

[quote Brian911] I suppose I don't actually care if they are VW parts (at least they'll work if they are), more how they will be assembled to make it wonderful and worth of my money.[/quote]

Fair point. Let's hope it's as good a use of the VW parts bin as the 914 was (only perhaps a bit prettier).

Or, while we are talking reasonably priced mid-engined two seaters based on everyday mechanicals, let's hope it does with its Polo or Golf bits what the Fiat X1/9 did with the drivetrain from the 128, and the original Toyota MR2 did with oily bits from the Corolla.

I actually saw an X1/9 on the A19 this morning. It was even intact. Lovely little thing, haven't seen one for years. I wish I'd had one before they almost all dissolved by the roadside.

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