A Porsche that drives superbly and won’t cost an arm and a leg? Sounds splendid, but don’t jump for joy just yet…

The mid-engined 914 was developed jointly by Porsche and Volkswagen in the late 1960s and was sold between 1969 and 1976. Porsche wanted a replacement for the 912, while VW needed a sporty coupé to pick up where the Karmann Ghia left off. So the 914 was born.

Hear this out, though: Porsche could give the recipe another go, in the form of a modern, spiritual successor for the 914.

Does this mean we’ll all be able to afford a Porsche?

Well, yes and no. Yes, because in theory, any successor for the 914, albeit modern, should slot lower than any other model in Porsche’s lineup. And no, because, well, it’s waaay too early to talk about a production model, let alone its price tag.

According to Autocar, who quotes an official interview with Porsche Design Chief Michael Mauer published on Porsche’s online newsroom, a “cheaper, entry-level Porsche would be the right thing to do.” Mr. Mauer goes on to argue in the interview that “the 914 is typically Porsche” because “the heart of the car, the engine, is mid-mounted” and “the form follows the function.”

A Modern Porsche 914 Could Happen, but You Might Not Like What Kind of Model is Being Considered Exterior
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Even more important, he hints that Porsche wants the modern interpretation of the 914 to attract young buyers. With that in mind, the company is looking at two possible avenues: either a car that’s completely devoid of electronic nannies or one that targets the people who would normally go for an Audi TT RS or Golf R32.

So, let’s say Porsche build a modern-day 914. What should we expect, concretely? Well, for starters, less weight and also less power, with a strong emphasis on agility and handling. Think, perhaps, of a lightweight vehicle that shares some ethos with the Miata. Two or even three versions of the 914 could also be offered.

Let’s not forget that the original 914-4, the one fitted with the VW-sourced 1.7-liter, four-cylinder engine, made do with 79 horsepower tasked with moving just 900 kilos (1,984 pounds). It could spring from 0 to 62 mph in 13 seconds and reach a top speed of 72 mph.

A Modern Porsche 914 Could Happen, but You Might Not Like What Kind of Model is Being Considered Exterior
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The 914-6, on the other hand, packed a 911T-borrowed 2.0-liter, boxer-four, 108-horsepower mill and tipped the scales at 940 kilos (2,075 pounds). On top of it sat the more extreme 914 S. It received the 908 race car engine displacing three liters through its eight cylinders. Power was 295 horsepower for the injected guise of the engine and 256 horsepower for the carbureted variant, but both cars could reach a top speed of 155 mph.

Porsche 914 specifications
Porsche 914-4 Porsche 914-6 Porsche 914 S
Engine 1.7-liter, four-cylinder 2.0-liter, boxer-four 3.0-liter eight-cylinder
Horsepower 79 HP 108 HP 295 HP
Weight 1,984 lbs 2,075 lbs 2,315 lbs
Top Speed 72 mph 129 mph 155 mph
0 to 60 mph 13.3 s 8.7 s -

To sum up, we won’t dwell too much on the idea of getting a car that’s similar in build and personality to the 914. But just in case Porsche decides, through some miracle, to make one, know that we’re already thinking of buying a larger piggy bank.

Source: Autocar

Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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