Porsche is apparently still working on a new small sports car designed to give the Lotus Elise something to chew on, at least if the reports coming from CAR Magazine are to be believed. Code-named Project Mimo, the vehicle is slated to be positioned below the Boxster and be built on the bones of the rumored Audi R5 and Volkswagen BlueSport convertibles.

CAR reports that all three machines are currently mired in the engineering feasibility stage of production, which means the whole lot could be binned at any moment. Even so, the Mimo is rumored to come with a 1.9-liter flat-four-cylinder engine under its hood.

The Audi, meanwhile, will likely pack a version of the company's stout inline five-cylinder, leaving the BlueSport to work with whatever green-tilted powerplant Volkswagen can come up with. The small-displacement flat-four in the Mimo will likely be paired with a turbo for something around 210 horsepower, according to CAR. That sounds fun and all, but we like the notion of a Porsche with a price tag of less than the $48,100 the German automaker asks for the Boxster.


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      Tosky
      • 3 Years Ago
      I keep chanting.... 914, 914, 914... common, say it with me!!..914...914... go ahead and make it expensive Porsche...914/6, 914/6, 914/6....... YEA MAN!!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tosky
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        Mike B
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tosky
        To be fair, the Boxter/Cayman aredirect successors to the 914, yeah, they don't have 4 clylinder engines but that could change in some years, there's rumors that the 981 type II will use a turbo 4.. maybe this is the engine in the article.
      EvilTollMan
      • 3 Years Ago
      This will be awesome for sure, let's hope for mid-engine
        creamwobbly
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EvilTollMan
        Yeah, cos their rear-engined efforts have been pretty pathetic, haven't they just?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EvilTollMan
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        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EvilTollMan
        it IS mid engined
      bleexeo
      • 3 Years Ago
      If they can't make it light don't make it at all.
      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sounds great! Make it lightweight and free revving and I'm sure there will be a fan base!
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        Tom DeFigueiredo
        • 3 Years Ago
        I had an s2000 I just sold cause I live in Seattle and convertibles are not useful. Great car though like a knife around corners. I think this will make Porsche a fatter company with three sizes of sport car / they should just make the next cayman / boxtox combo smaller and put this engine in it. Nobody wants fat porsches look what that did to bmw weight sucks..
      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd love to see Porsche return to its affordable roots. In the 80's Porsches were relatively Spartan cars which you could afford without guaranteeing your kids studying at the university of "Would you like fries with that?" Now they are priced way too high. I'd like to see a less powerful Porsche which is more Spartan.
      creamwobbly
      • 3 Years Ago
      1.9? Is that 1.9 TDI? Come on Porsche, if Mark Smith can do it, you can too.
      BMW ROCKS!
      • 3 Years Ago
      porsche wouldnt give us full 2 litre engine why? cuz then theyd have to charge $$$$$$$$ extra
      Ducman69
      • 3 Years Ago
      A shame they won't put anything more than a gerbil under the hood. Lightweight small car doesn't have to mean underpowered car. Carrol Shelby proved that.
      Marcel
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just make it quite light and the power will be enough. And it's nice that Porsche is going back to it's roots. 356 had not too much power, but it was light and handled good competing successfully with bigger, more powerful cars. First Porsches were fast thanks to their low weight. I think this new one will be a great car, just like all latest Porsches are. Oh, and I wish I will be able to afford one...
        Ducman69
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Marcel
        Sure, it can be "enough", but "just enough" isn't "wooohoooo" fun. Supercharged Miata with WAY MORE than enough horsepower is one of the most fun cars I have ever driven.
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        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        someone seems to have problems in general understanding
        mrpinto
        • 3 Years Ago
        lol, lightweight electric. Like how they took a 1600 pound Elise and turned it into a 2700 pound Tesla Roadster? I've never seen you say anything that wasn't just blathering about electrics, so I doubt this is news to you.
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