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2016 Porsche 550 – Sports Car on a Budget

Updated May 20, 2018

When we look into the future of 2016 Cars and newer it appears as if Porsche is about to lower their brow a little. They intend to produce a model of their sportster known as the 550. It will snappy little mid-engine coupe. It’s for all those Porsche lovers out there who want their car but don’t want to break the bank to make it happen. The 2016 Porsche 550 will be less expensive, but it’s still a Porsche mind you, so don’t expect s basement bargain. And you have time to save for one because it’s not coming until 2016

The parent Volkswagen Group are planning three rear and mid engine two seater roadsters for release between 2016 and 2020. The others are going to be a VW version based on the 2008 BlueSport Concept and an Audi R4 as a downscaled version of their R8.

Volkswagen had plans for these cars to come out a little sooner but with the volatile European market over the past few years things were wisely put on hold. Porsche recognizes it has to adapt its strategy to the cooling of the market. Which includes curbing its production ambitions for a little and then introducing a more affordable Porsche roadster to widen its possible demographic.

There’s no set word on when this program, known as Project Mimo for mittelmotor or mid-engine, has truly been green lit. But it is being suggested by Porsche that work has indeed begun and that the Audi R4 may even go on sale as early as 2014 in Europe and 2015 for the USA. An educated guess would place the Volkswagen BlueSport and the 2016 Porsche 550 model availability on schedule for late 2015 or early 2016.

It’s encouraging to see industry leaders adjusting their approach and recognizing the changes in international economic climate. And every little move they make will certainly help the global economy that much more. There’s no word on what the price tag will be set at for these coming models but we’re promised they’re more affordable than previous models. And they have to do this because Companies such as Nissan and Toyota are planning small sports cars for production over the next decade that will certainly give the elite car companies a run for their money. And we all know that failure to adapt means sure death for any company. Markets change, people’s interests change and so do their needs and priorities. And certainly there are enough wealthy people in the world who have come to realize that lavish and excessive car purchases may be a thing of the past given the fragility of the dollars worth these days and uncertainty of its future.

And if all that means you’re slightly higher than average Joe can buy himself a Porsche 550 come 2016, well that’s good news for many of us.



Calvin Escobar
About Calvin Escobar

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