Spy Shots: 2012 Porsche Boxster
January 21, 2011
by Viknesh Vijayenthiran
With the arrival of the new Boxster Spyder in showrooms late last year, Porsche’s entry-level convertible range is now complete and due to be replaced by a brand new model over the coming year.
The latest photos show the Boxster badly in need of a defrost cycle, but also revealing the new LED taillight design, which mimics those of the next 911.
Development of the next-generation 2012 Porsche Boxster is well underway as the images and video of the prototype demonstrate. However, a rumor alleging that Porsche insiders are talking about a lightweight, turbocharged four-cylinder platform for the next-gen Boxster recently began making the rounds. The thought coincides with possible rumors of a revived 914 that could be co-branded by both VW and Porsche, which means the new Boxster could certainly be fitted with a highly charged four-banger. If that’s the case, we're sure Porsche will still offer a six-cylinder option for upper range models.
Such a design premise might offer more room to launch a detuned entry-level Carrera also aimed at improving emissions ratings. Even the current six-cylinder Boxster and Cayman, the most efficient in Porsche's line, emit about 222 g/km of CO2--about 100 g/km more than the projected 2015 limits.
Whatever Porsche has in store for the new car, we’ll have to wait until its expected arrival late this year to find out.