Originally Posted by ForceFed4
I say again; And?
What car manufacturer on earth doesn't have cheaper models with smaller engines "on purpose", to protect the more expensive lines? No-one complains that a base Corvette comes with a smaller, "de-tuned" LS3 instead of the ZR1's LS9. Or that the top Camaro mill is only a 560-hp de-tuned "LSA" version of the 640-hp LS9.
Every company designs their cars so that the more expensive models have "value added". Why people think Porsche should be magically exempt from this, I don't understand.
With the Corvette example, you're comparing trim levels. Obviously the base Corvette is not going to get the same engine as the six-figure ZR1. With the Camaro getting a detuned variant of the LS9, it has different hardware, like the supercharger is different from what I remember, rather than Chevy giving it pretty much the same engine but a less aggressive tune, which is the case with Porsche, unless I'm mistaken. They even did it between the Boxter and Cayman models, where the Cayman has a tiny edge in output to still place it "above" the Boxter, even if it's only by a slight margin. Again, it's not really a difference in hardware, just the tune (literally de-tuned only, as opposed to being given lesser parts).