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Porsche 718 Roadster Will Weigh Just 1,190 KG

Power will come from a turbo-four; entry-level model tipped to arrive 2016.

After rumors about Porsche’s entry-level model recently surfaced, more details have emerged regarding the Porsche 718. German publication Autobild has echoed previous reports that the minimalist roadster will be based on a modified Boxster platform. The latest indication is that the 718 will also boast unique styling, as well as thinner windows, high-strength steel/aluminum components and a manual fabric roof. The aim of these weight saving measures is to ensure a curb weight of just 1,190 kg.

Porsche is working on three distinct four-cylinder engines, but 718 buyers will choose between a 286-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four and 360-hp 2.5-liter unit, with power sent to the rear wheels via a manual or dual-clutch DSG box. If everything goes to plan, the Porsche 718 will debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show before going on sale in the US and Europe, priced from around $40,000, or around $10k cheaper than the Boxster.

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