Two Options for a Cheaper Porsche

1955 Porsche 550 Spyder

The words “cheap” and “Porsche” do not go together. People looking for a Porsche generally know they’re going to have to spend a good amount of money to acquire their dream.

That’s especially true if they’re buying a new car, because the options list at a Porsche dealer would stretch roughly from Seattle to Boston if laid out flat.

Of course, there’s a huge difference between the words “cheap” and “affordable.” Porsche has created a line of affordable new cars with the Boxster and Macan, but in those cases “affordable” translates to a starting price of at least $50,000. Affordability is relative, I suppose.

Could something even cheaper be on the way?

The Porsches of the late ’50s and early ’60s were small, sexy and curvaceous. Today, they command astronomical prices on the classic car market. Some of those old cars, though, might inspire a new entry-level Porsche roadster.

Rumors abound of a new lower-cost Porsche. Of course we shouldn’t jump the gun before Porsche announces anything, since rumors also fly that an entry level roadster simply won’t happen. Let’s dream for a moment, though, and assume the tentatively named 718 comes to fruition. The entry-level model would take the form of a small roadster, loosely billed not as a successor to the original 718 open-cockpit racer, but to the legendary 550 Spyder. In a perfect world, a modern version of the infamous James Dean car would come to dealerships soon.

If that happens, the 718 would probably use a modified Boxster platform but with smaller dimensions and widespread use of aluminum in its construction.

Power would likely come from a 2.0-liter flat 4-cylinder making between 260 and 286 horses. Assuming the car happens, future variants would join the lineup over the course of its lifetime.

The Porsche 718, if all goes according to our desires, will reportedly make its debut in 2016 as a 2017 model.

If that’s too long to wait for your very own “cheap” Porsche, hit the used listings. I’ve been lusting after a used 911, but even the late ’80s models are hard to find under $25,000. Ironically, models from 2000-2002 are about the only ones listed for under $20,000.

The reality of a cheap Porsche remains elusive, but more affordable models are, we hope, on the horizon.

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