Another day, another rumored entry-level Porsche. Auto Express is reporting that the German sports car manufacturer may be looking into resurrecting the 550 moniker for a new sub-Boxster model. Stop us if you've heard this one before, but the article claims that the ride will be based on the same bones as the Volkswagen Bluesport Concept that debuted way back in 2009.

The resurrected 550 will get its power from a new 1.6-liter flat-four with a galloping 200 horsepower. The pep will reportedly be shuffled to the rear wheels via a good old-fashioned manual transmission, though Auto Express reports that Porsche may eventually offer a PDK dual-clutch gearbox, as well.

Curb weight is expected to land in the 2,600-pound range thanks to the use of a manual top, and the dash to 60 miles per hour should take somewhere in the neighborhood of six seconds. Is your mouth watering yet?


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      Orin O'Neill
      • 3 Years Ago
      When I was in high school (early '70s) a new 911 was priced in the $12-14K range. If you had a good-paying job, 2-3 roommates and a taste for Top Ramen you could handle the payments. At that time, a 911 was almost mandatory for young, single males. Now? Geez, most places you pay less for real estate than you do for a new 911. Those guys from the '70s are aging, and a new generation must be groomed. A '550' would be just the ticket. Hint: such a car doesn't NEED a 4.0-liter, 500-hp engine! Those '70s 911s made 125-150 hp. That's plenty. "Leatherette" would be fine for the upholstery, as would the VW Rabbit carpeting '70s 911s had. So would an iPod dock wired to a couple speakers, instead of effing home theatre. Make the thing AFFORDABLE...
      SnoopyManiac
      • 3 Years Ago
      This + the Z2 rumors +the Miata rumors.... has me hopeful for the future.
      TokyoRemix
      • 3 Years Ago
      Depends on the looks and the approach. I want a great engine, a great suspension and not a lot of fluff. It'll be worthy of the Porsche name if it's light, fast and great to drive. Like an MX-5 but better.
      Sabastian
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll believe it when I see it. Man, I hope I see it.
      guyverfanboy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sounds cool to me .
      rjstanford
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thus missing a perfect opportunity to use the label "914" correctly...
      airchompers
      • 3 Years Ago
      Here's hoping these things depreciate like crazy!
      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      *Drool*
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        it's ugly
        tantareanujellob
        • 3 Years Ago
        Because you'll spend another $15,000 - $20,000 fixing the crap engine and transmission.
          Jonathan Arena
          • 3 Years Ago
          @tantareanujellob
          My coworker has a 2004 with 83,000 on it and hes never done anything but change the oil and do regular maintenance. He's even on the original brakes.
        SnoopyManiac
        • 3 Years Ago
        I don't know, maybe I'm in the minority, but I dislike the look of the old Boxsters. The only one I would ever consider is the spyder... and that will prob never touch the 15-20k range.
        Brandon Bosch
        • 3 Years Ago
        Because some people don't like the front end that looks exactly like a 911, the headlights, the brake lights or the interior. and the quality dropped significantly, because it was not as hand built as previous cars.
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      So it has the same power and weight as the original base Boxster. I hope they at least improve the reliability.
        cypherxx666xx
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        lol tantare, Porsche is one of the most if not the most reliable brand on earth!
        mosarez
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        the boxster is THE most reliable car in the last 10 years. that's what the german tüv found out. the tüv checks EVERY car that is registered in germany every 2 years for safety and defects
        Jonathan Arena
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        Compared to what? As of right now, the boxster is the most reliable car in the world according to consumer reports...
          tantareanujellob
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Jonathan Arena
          Right, because the original boxster came out this year. You ******* idiot.
      jaydwight
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sorry Porsche, this is just stupid. You make some of the best sports cars in the world. You dont need a car/SUV in every market or demographic. A Porsche is not a right, you'll end up cheapening the brand...
        sparrk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jaydwight
        i guess you haven't heard about the Porsche 914, 924, 944, 968.
      zigzagz
      • 3 Years Ago
      200hp, RWD, 2600lbs? So it's a more expensive FT-86/FR-S alternative? As much as I love the mid engine layout I don't think I could justify the Porsche premium for it when the FT-86 will probably be just as good since Toyobaru has said they are benchmarking the cayman's handling.
        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        @zigzagz
        I seriously doubt the FRS would be that light. Considering that it's RWD, you're probably looking at around Corolla weight. And if you want a 2600 lb MR roadster for the same price as the Miata, the BlueSport should fit the bill.
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