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.
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.
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.