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Porsche 718 ‘baby Boxster’ teased

Rumours suggest a cheaper, smaller and lighter Boxster could be with us by 2016.

Reports of a ‘baby Boxster’ have surfaced on the interwebs. The Porsche 718 (named after the four-cylinder racing car used from 1957 to 1962) is said to be a no-frills version of the Boxster and will go on sale in 2016.

Car Magazine says the Porsche 718 will have the same wheelbase as the Boxster, but shorter overhangs, bespoke body panels, lighter body-in-white, Spyder-style canvas roof with Perspex rear window and fewer mod cons. The idea is to take a no-frills approach similar to that of the Mazda MX-5.

It is believed the rear-wheel drive Porsche 718 could weigh as much as 120kg less than the Boxster and will be powered by a 2.0-litre flat-four engine capable of producing 286bhp and 295lb/ft of torque. The last Porsche flat-four was found in the 1960s 912.

A bored-out 2.5-litre version of the same engine will reportedly offer 360bhp and 347lb/ft. Both engine versions will be mated to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed PDK.

Four airbags, ESP stability, ABS, rollover hoops and electrically-assisted steering make up the onboard safety systems. Steel brakes and suspension tuned for grip and handling, meanwhile, will keep the Boxster’s little cousin on course.

The alleged £32,000 price would see the Porsche 718 sit below the Cayman and Boxster, a fact reflected by its more basic cockpit and less impressive spec list. Car Magazine believes the standard Boxster would be positioned above the Cayman, which would be a first for the range.

Is a no-frills Boxster that surprising? Perhaps not – it would open up the German brand to a new market. But, of course, the rumours could be just that. Only leaked photos or confirmation from Porsche itself will make us truly believe, even if the thought has us drooling somewhat.

If the Porsche Boxster is a hairdresser’s car, what would that make the smaller 718?

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