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Porsche Roxster scooped? (2008)

By Tim Pollard/Georg Kacher

Spy shots

08 May 2008 14:29

Is this Porsche's new junior 4x4? These fresh spyshots from the Nurburgring are believed to be the new mid-sized SUV codenamed Roxster under development at Weissach. Although based on the running gear of the Audi Q5, it will get its own sheetmetal and glasshouse, plus a distinct engine range.

This test car certainly looks sufficiently different from a Cayenne – and its proportions are intriguingly close to those of the new Q5 recently unveiled at the Beijing auto show.

We've pictured the Q5 here (blue car, bottom row); we've flipped it so it's facing the same way as the Porsche prototype, which explains why the fuel filler flap is on the wrong side.

Official Porsche comment

The startled spokesman we contacted refused to confirm or deny the identity of the car in our photos. 'It's our policy not to comment on speculative spy photos,' he said. 'Porsche Engineering do a lot of work for third parties – it could even be an Audi Q5 on test.'

When pushed, he refused to rule out further new products after the Panamera. But in this game you get a sense for the news value of scoop photos, and the balance of opinion at CAR is that these photos are of a Porsche variant being tested.  We're continuing to pump our sources at Porsche to piece together the jigsaw. Click 'Next' to read more about the Roxster.

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