• Oct 5, 2009
Remember the Porsche 914? Most Porschophiles do, although some choose to forget the mid-engined sportscar built from 1969 through 1976. But the four-cylinder model was something of a sales success for the German automaker, handily outpacing the firm's range-topping 911 series throughout its model run. Might we see a return of the entry-level Porsche, once again with a little help from Volkswagen?

Coinciding with earlier reports, a story from Automobilwoche (via Drive), says the answer may very well be 'yes.' According to the German pub, Wolfgang Duerheimer, head of development at Porsche, has said that a model "significantly cheaper than" the Boxster is a top priority for the automaker. The new car would reportedly be produced in cooperation with Volkswagen, which recently assimilated Porsche into its giant European operations. Anyone else thinking BlueSport?

[Source: Automobilwoche via drive.com.au | Photo: Spurzem CC.2.0]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      "But the four-cylinder model was something of a sales success for the German automaker, handily outpacing the firm's range-topping 911 series throughout its model run."

      And the 914 6 was a hell of a car, just don't let it come around on you, which it would handily in the wet.

      The majority of "enthusiasts" and keep the purity group has very little business sense, it's a "marque should be this way" feeling. Just because Porsche had tons of money does not make it sucessful.

      Porsche can't get past the 911 owners, lets be really honest with that.

      The 944 was a pretty nice job and the 928 was seriously undervalued and under loved but a hell of a car assembly and performance wise.

      Porsche---go for it.

      By the way I own one and have for a long time.
      • 5 Years Ago
      First off, as 914s go.. that is a gorgeous one.

      But Porsche does not need to go down this road again.

      An entry level Porsche is a USED Porsche.

      If it is being done with VW... chances are it will have an inline, vertical firing, transverse mounted engine. BLASPHEMY.

      Any Porsche that has two seats should have a boxer engine, or a good reason to have a bigger engine than a flat 6, like Carrera GT's race-grade V10.

      Please don't put a Porsche crest on a car that should be a VW or an Audi.

      Boxster and Cayman make a great starting point to the Porsche lineup.

      If anything, bring back the front engined water-coolers. slat 4, Turbo, then V8 and Twin Turbo, rear PDK transaxle, rear drive... heck with Cayman's gearbox and suspension directly... behind a torque-tube driveshaft. Make a new 944/968 and 928, as grand touring 2+2s at a price under 997 Carrera.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "But Porsche does not need to go down this road again."

        You have been reading reports of porsche's financial status and where their sales are going right? From a Porsche fanboi/enthusiast perspective, I totally understand where you're coming from. From a business perspective? Not so much. Which is why they’re pursuing more platform sharing with VW. It doesn’t seem that bad, just drop something cookie in the blusport, sell it for 35k and you’re good to go. In typical banal portion fashion it’ll slot just below the boxter in performance.

        Awe crap, you’re right. Porsche shouldn’t do this. 35k, sub boxter performance? In the increasingly crowded 370z et-al price bracket. I’m not so sure they can move the volume they’d need to, especially to make a solid business case of it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @BoxerFanatic- good points. it seems vw's getting lazy. a premium blusport would moot the TT, porsche's already rear or mid engine, so they'll just sell 'em there at a bit of a premium. lame.

        new idea. just the blusport. 2.0T form the GTI, Golf R, and 2.5T from the TT-RS. done and done. :). Though I'm curious if anyone would buy a TT-RS over a mid engine equivalent :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Zamafir - in the short term your "business" case makes sense - maybe they'd sell. In the long term it waters down the brand. Bad idea.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it me or is that 914 three shades of silver on the driver's side?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wasn't the Boxster supposed to be the entry-level car?
      • 5 Years Ago
      a porsche "significantly" cheaper than the boxster? well that clues us into one thing-for sure going to use the VW 2.0T. no other way to cut $ in the powertrain department-if porsche independently developed a 4cyl, that R&D would diminish the cost saving
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can see why Porsche and VW would want to make this as they can get a greater profit margin with it badged a Porsche but would a VW version and a Porsche version be all that different besides some trim and mild styling? Guessing the Porsche would just be a $10k more expensive VW bluesport.

      What I like about the VW concept was that it was very attractive, would probably offer good performance and MPG with their TFSI 2.0l and be the only affordable mid-engined car available.
      • 5 Years Ago
      bring back the 924, i don't think so. people pay a premium because it is a porsche. entry level porsche does not equal entry level VW so it will still strugle to match the asian competition in the same price range, or even cheaper. without it being an actual porsche, who will pay?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Fine, as long as VW puts the Bluesport into production. Soon.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe it is time to reach back in time for an idea and "speedsterize" the Boxster. The first Speedsters were very spartan vehicles built to be more attractive pricewise for the US market than a 356 Cabriolet or Coupe. I wonder what a Boxster could be sold for with the base flat 6 and only offer a few option boxes to tick off such as stereo and AC. No PDK, no sport package, no power windows...I am talking seriously spartan. Could it get close to $40K??? Call it a Clubsport???
      • 5 Years Ago
      Mid-engine. The 914/6 was a better car than the original 911 - the Cayman is a better car than the 997. Not necessarily faster - just better.

      Why is the "entry level" Porsche a superior mid-engine design while the top model is of inferior rear-engine design?

      Front-engine designs (924/944/928) were all bad ideas. Don't do it!

      Dilution continues with Cayenne and now Roxster? Too bad. Panamera is arguable I guess. Now Porsche can advertise a "four door sports car" just like Nissan.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This would be in compliance with the "new 356" theory too. It would be cool for Porsche to build something with VW based on the bluesport, but remember that the VW-cooperated 914 and 924 were some of the least successful models Porsche ever made.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you define "success" by numbers sold, you are incorrect. Read the article and you will see that the '14 outsold the '11 during the years it was produced.

        And that picture makes me miss the heck out of my 1975 orange 1.8 that I bought new in '75. It was a stripper (I was all of 19 years old and it was all I could afford) but it turned me on to sports cars, Porsches (I've owned 4 of 'em since) and mid-engine cars in general.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The story begs to differ,

        - "But the four-cylinder model was something of a sales success for the German automaker, handily outpacing the firm's range-topping 911 series throughout its model run." -

        If the 914 was a sales failure, what then was the even lower-selling 911 of the time?

        In terms of how they're thought of nowadays, you may be right as they tend to be somewhat unloved, but they were absolutely a sales success in their time.
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