Porsche 718 “Baby Boxster” Project Cancelled

It turns out that Porsche has decided to keep the Boxster as the sole entry point to the range, giving up on chasing volume sales.

Porsche head of research and development, Wolfgang Hatz recently told Autocar, that the 718 project has stopped and that in his eyes, the Boxster is the “perfect entry point” into the Porsche range.

Back in 2011, company boss Matthias Muller admitted that they would introduce a modern day version of the 550 Spyder to slot under the Boxster, however it now seems that such a model will not go into production any time soon. Our hopes for the project haven’t been high since we heard Detlev von Platen, CEO of Porsche’s North American operations, say that the 718 won’t happen.

If you’re a fan of the Baby Boxster that almost was, you can still take comfort knowing that car manufacturers change their minds all the time and that even if they state that the company will never build this or that, the real translation for what they’re saying is either “not in the near future” or “not while I’m in charge”. After all, it was quite obvious that they were already testing the 718 last summer.


  • james

    So long as it had a decent power to weight it could wear the Porsche badge. Not even sure they would have to cut the price that much. Plenty of people with money would like a Porsche take on the 4c ie a sub 1000kg car at £40k-£45k especially if they limited numbers to 1000 a year to protect residuals.

    981 Boxster is 261bhp/1310 kg = 199.2 bhp/tonne
    718 with 210bhp/999kg = 210.2 bhp/tonne

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