These are the latest spy pictures of the next-generation Porsche Boxster undergoing testing and development work.
Work on the Boxster is now at an advanced stage; the test car is sporting less camouflage than in previous spy pictures and our spy photographer noted that work on the rear of the car, particularly the diffuser, appears nearly complete.
The new Boxster, due to be launched within the next 12 months, will be longer and wider than the current model in order to make room for a new entry-level ‘baby Boxster’ based on the Audi R4 and VW Bluesport.
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.
Extensive aerodynamic work should ensure the new Boxster is the cleanest, most efficient Porsche ever. Like the forthcoming new 911, every panel in the Boxster is expected to be brand new, as well as being lighter than the part it replaces to keep weight to a minimum.
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.