Porsche baby Boxster

SMALL is beautiful as Porsche announces a baby Boxster and a new four-cylinder engine.

Porsche‘s president and CEO Matthias Muller this week confirmed that it will make a small, mid-engined roadster.  The car will be heavily based on the Volkswagen Bluesport roadster and is expected to be publicly unveiled in 2012 and go on sale in 2013.

It is the latest announcement of product cross-sharing between Porsche and its new owner, Volkswagen.  The Porsche baby Boxster – as yet unnamed – is in “an advanced stage of development” at Porsche’s research and development centre in Weissach, says a report by Auto Express.

“We have a model based on the Bluesport, but we are not yet ready to show it,” says Muller.  “When we are convinced about the project, we will be ready to show it. The first time you see it, it will be as a production ready car.”

Muller says the baby Boxster will get a 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine – likely to be turbocharged.  The engine, in a higher level of tuning, will also be available in the next generation Boxster and Cayman.

Both naturally aspirated and turbocharged versions of the 2.4-litre engine are being considered.  But it won’t stop there.

The engine could become the internal-combustion power source for a new range of Porsche hybrids, including the 911, and has potential in the next small Cayenne SUV that is based on the Audi Q5.

At the same time, Porsche is rumoured to look at stretching its Panamera range with a coupe and convertible.