Porsche offering 250-hp 718 Cayman, Boxster in China

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#Porsche #ChinaPorsche offering 250-hp 718 Cayman, Boxster in China : Porsche is studying a new approach in the lucrative Chinese market – less power. Automotive News Europe reports that the famed German manufacturer will sell less powerful versions of the 718 Cayman and Boxster in the People’s Republic.

In fact, the new cars are already on Porsche’s Chinese consumer page. The hope, 718 chief Jan Roth told Automotive News Europe, is to replicate the success Porsche’s sister company Audi has had with the TT.

“A lot of the TTs that Audi sells in China, the smaller displacement 1.8-liter versions with rear-wheel instead of all-wheel-drive, are priced below that, Mercedes too,” Roth said.

We’re guessing the comments about rear-wheel drive and a 1.8-liter engine are either typos or something was lost in translation, because Audi’s Chinese website only lists a 2.0-liter engine, and most gearheads know the TT rides on a front-drive platform. Audi’s success is largely down to price – 542,800 yuan ($81,549, at today’s rates) for a base TT.

Roth called 600,000 yuan “a magical threshold for customers in China.” To hit that price point, Porsche is dropping the 718’s 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder – offered North America and Europe with 300 horsepower in base form – to 250 ponies. The Cayman starts at 588,000 yuan ($88,340) while the Boxster is 598,000 yuan ($89,842).