Latest pictures show next-gen Boxster at an advanced stage of development

These are the latest spy pictures of the new Porsche Boxster in testing.

The images, taken in Germany, show the Boxster sporting less disguise than ever before as development enters an advanced stage. It is tipped to be launched at next year’s Geneva motor show.

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The next Boxster spied here may show a car similar in appearance to the current model, but in fact, like the next 911, every panel in the Boxster will be new, as will the fabric roof. The new panels will be lighter, too, to keep weight to a minimum.

Next year’s Boxster will also be longer and wider than the current model to make room in the Porsche range for the new ‘baby Boxster’, which will share its platform with the VW BlueSport and Audi R4.

The larger dimensions will boost interior space and high-speed stability. The front end will also undergo styling modifications to increase the Boxster's pedestrian impact safety protection.

The next Boxster will also be a showcase for Porsche’s downsized petrol engines as it bids to cut its overall CO2 fleet emissions. Boxster model line director Hans-Jurgen Wohler told Autocar earlier this year that a four-cylinder engine and a turbocharged three-cylinder engine were under consideration for the car.

“A Boxster with a four-cylinder engine, or maybe even a three-cylinder turbo, could produce between 180bhp and 200bhp and emit just 180g/km of CO2,” said Wohler. “Given the Boxster’s history – that it started with a 200bhp, 2.5-litre engine – I think this is possibly something that customers could accept.

“We are under a great deal of pressure from the EU law makers to reduce emissions, but we don’t know yet how much we’ll have to come down by,” he added.

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Yesterday Porsche confirmed it was developing three all-electric Boxsters for fleet tests in Germany from 2011. Porsche boss Michael Macht said the firm would definitely be building an all-electric sports car, and the Boxster’s presence in these tests hints that an electric model could be set for production.

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27 July 2010

Between this and the Audi A7 does nobody bother to design cars anymore!!?

It looks exactly the same as the current Boxster..but seems like it is going to be slower with less powerful engines!

I love Autocar but i get the feeling its a slow news week in the world of motoring!

27 July 2010

news comes out more after wednesday when the magazine is on sale.

27 July 2010

I trust Porsche will be passing on the cost savings from not having had to employ a designer. Again.


27 July 2010

[quote Autocar]The images, taken in Germany[/quote]

?

hot-weather testing in the deserts of Germany?

27 July 2010

Agreed, but it's going to be brilliant and sell like hotcakes so why spend all this money changing it too much? If it was your money and your business would you? If it aint broke......

27 July 2010

[quote Johnny English] I trust Porsche will be passing on the cost savings from not having had to employ a designer. Again.
[/quote]What shape did you expect or hope the latest version of the Boxster would take?

Porsche has an avowed policy of incremental improvement. I don't have a problem with that; their engineering skills are matchless. Buy an older Porsche and you can be content it has the same engine as the latest one, just less developed. Parts for it are readily available. Unlike other manufacturers they don't switch engines, engine sizes, model by model, or alter design radically so that the latest version looks nothing like the last, as if they have no confidence in their designers.

27 July 2010

[quote Los Angeles]What shape did you expect or hope the latest version of the Boxster would take? [/quote]

No question Los Angeles that the cars are well-engineered - indeed I was not trying to imply otherwise. However, I wonder how many sales Porsche are losing from keeping an old design. After all, the Boxster is not a design classic in the league of the 911 for instance (although even that design is past its sell-by date IMHO).


27 July 2010

[quote Johnny English]After all, the Boxster is not a design classic in the league of the 911 for instance [/quote]

That's debateable - as an affordable sports car of quality the Boxter has no competitor in the beauty stakes; it might not always be so, but for the moment it is.

The company can be accused of screwing up on the first version, a flabby rendition of an exquisitely proportioned concept that housed a dozen attractive and tactile elements in its cabin, each and every one dumped for the production model.

Since that disappointment they have made its lines taut and muscular, and this latest version seems as if the rear is, at last, shorter than the nose. In any event, I believe they are pushing the model up market in order to introduce a small Boxster as a roadster. The revolutionary 918 included, jaundiced protests of a morbund design department are wholly misguided.

27 July 2010

3, 4 pots, turbo...

Bye bye Boxster...

27 July 2010

"A Boxster with a four-cylinder engine, or maybe even a three-cylinder turbo, could produce between 180bhp and 200bhp and emit just 180g/km of CO2..."

Four cylinder, no thanks. Three cylinder, if the exhaust could be correctly tuned, could almost sound like a flat six (remember early reviews of a hard-charging Seat Ibiza 1.2 sounding like a Porsche?). Only question would be with the (proposed) low power output with the Boxster, what happens with the "mini-boxster"?! Power from a two cylinder motor with twin-turbos and supercharger?!

The main thing is that ultimately Porsche is manufactures high-performance cars - if the proposed Boxster could be almost out-powered by a Renault-sport Clio, and they are planning a smaller (and probably poorer performing car), then surely they need to re-think their marketing strategy.

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