Tony O'Kane | Dec 26, 2009

PORSCHE HAS FOLLOWED the lead of Mazda and Honda and announced that it will pass on savings from the impending import tariff reduction to its customers, thus slashing prices across most of its range.

With tariffs on imported passenger cars set to drop from 10 percent to 5 percent on January 1 2010, Porsche has elected to cut retail prices rather than keep them static and boost specification levels.

However the Cayenne and Panamera won't experience a price drop, the former because its SUV classification means it already enjoys the 5 percent duty rate and the latter because the pricing adjustment was already applied when it launched in October.

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Price-wise, one of the biggest movers is the Cayman S, which at $146,000 costs $11,300 less than the 2009 model. The entry-level 2.9 litre Cayman falls $10,400 to $114,000.

Like its Cayman cousin, the Boxster has also undergone some drastic price drops. The base Boxster now costs $105,000 (down $9800) and the 228kW Boxster S is $10,900 cheaper at $131,000. Optioning the dual-clutch PDK auto transmission on either Boxster or Cayman now costs $5300 rather than $5500.

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The savings continue with the 911 range. The hard-hitting 911 GT3 undergoes the biggest price change by dropping $7700 to $273,900, while the Carrera S coupe has had $4200 slashed from its sticker price. The Carrera 4 and Targa 4 are both $3900 cheaper, and even the 911 Turbo has undergone a $900 cut in cost.

From the start of next year, metallic paint is a no-cost option across the Porsche 911 Carrera range. All prices do not include on-road costs such as dealer delivery and statutory charges.

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