Development on new Boxster continues; due to be launched within the next 12 months
30 April 2010

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.

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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.

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30 April 2010

Once again, Porsche needs to hire some stylists. This is all-new? Really? I can't tell the difference between this and the old one, or the one before that...

30 April 2010

I hope the rear diffuser is not the finished item. It would look more at home on a Citroen C1.

30 April 2010

Convolution, not evolution.

30 April 2010

For some reason, although I don't mind the 911 looking the same from generation to generation, it bothers me that the Boxster/Cayman do the same. (and probably the Cayenne and Panamera too).

30 April 2010

Fantastic car to drive. Lets hope they dont fettelt with the formula too much.

30 April 2010

[quote Rover P6 3500S]

Once again, Porsche needs to hire some stylists. This is all-new? Really? I can't tell the difference between this and the old one, or the one before that...

[/quote]

Porsche - cars built by people with no imagination, for people with no imagination.

30 April 2010

[quote GaryW]

[quote Rover P6 3500S]

Once again, Porsche needs to hire some stylists. This is all-new? Really? I can't tell the difference between this and the old one, or the one before that...

[/quote]

Porsche - cars built by people with no imagination, for people with no imagination.

[/quote]

I kind of agree with you, but they really are superb cars, and I for one wouldn't mind having a 911 Carrera 2, or a Cockster/Cayman if they didn't have the hairdressery image (a neighbour of mine has a Mk1 Boxster, and he is a hairdresser!). At least the 911 has heritage to pin its style on. The Cockster should look far more like the pretty little 914, which always looked to me like a very successful Fiat X1/9-Lotus Elan hybrid, with a bit of Triumph TR-7 thrown in for good measure.

30 April 2010

You can kind of understand why Porsche sticks to the evolutionary styling with the Boxster when they've made such a dog's dinner of the Cayenne and Panamera.

30 April 2010

this is another 'thorough refresh' rather than a new model. it appears to still be based on the original Boxster floorpan.

whilst the Boxster is a truly great drive and fantastically balanced chassis, times have changed since 1996 and people expect a bit more interior space than this floorpan will ever give.

30 April 2010

[quote Rover P6 3500S]a bit of Triumph TR-7 thrown in for good measure[/quote]

Hopefully you meant to say 'thrown out', hateful cars...


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