• May 24, 2007
The Porsche with the coolest name, Roxster, is being scooped by German website Autobild. While we'd like a Roxster to come with a Matchless and a Tele, the actual vehicle will be a Cayenne Mini-Me, sadly having nothing to do with rock or roll. Well, maybe rocks, depending on its offroad chops.
The basis for the small CUV with the big name (and price) will be the upcoming Audi Q5. There's no word on what the powertrain will be, but there's a wide corporate pool of bits – the Q5 is based on elements of the A4 and A6. Conveniently enough, since the Q5 is reported to borrow liberally from the VW Touareg, the Roxster could complete the circle and share some engine and transmission choices with the bigger utes. We'll keep our fingers crossed for the Cayenne Turbo's insane nuclear-powered motor to wind up under the bonnet, but we think reality will have a V6 of some flavor working away under there.

Thanks for the tip, Christian!

[Source: German Car Blog]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I can't believe no one has yet mentioned how it rhymes with 'Boxter'. That was the first thing I noticed. I guess it sort of makes sense to call it the Roxter, with the other low-end model having a similar name, but it still sounds stupid. And a captital R looks quite similar to a B.

      Porsche will make a seriously large amount of money with this.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm calling BS.

      With an all new model coming in the next few years, an all new 911 on the horizon, an all new Cayenne expected for 2012 and the recent faltering of the SUV market I doubt Porsche is developing a mini 'ute.

      Perhapses Porsche Engineering is assisting Audi with the development of the Q5...but I would bet large sums of money against ever seeing the Cayenne Jr.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Fronduer, your BS call doesn't wash. As much as people hate to admit it, Porsche is a business and the business of small sport utes is booming. The Germans aren't likely to let it go by. Look at what the Cayenne has done for the bottom line in Stuttgart. The money Porsche earns on the Cayenne ensures the 911 lives on and is developed as earnestly as it is. If they can make even more money with a small sport ute -- bringing even more customers into the Porsche fold -- I'm certain they'd go for it. Besides, in using the Audi as the base for the vehicle, the only things they'd really have to bring up to Porsche standards is the handling, horsepower and styling.
      This is a no-brainer for Stuttgart.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Seems odd, cause this would bring Porsche right down into the near-luxury price range. If the Cayenne V6 is the cheapest Porsche right now at $43k they'd have to fall in below that.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The small SUV market is doing really well right now.
      I don't blame Porsche for trying to get in on it.
      Unfortunately the brand of Porsche being just for sports cars is long over, so why not.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Cayman needs to be called The Coxster as suggested by Jeremy Clarkson.