• Jan 23, 2009
Click above for high-res image gallery of next-gen Porsche Boxster spy shots

Porsche just unveiled improved versions of its Boxster and Cayman at the 2008 LA Auto Show last November, but they're already hard at work on the next all-new Boxster that's still a few years out. Destined for a debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the next Boxster will reportedly feature all-new sheetmetal with sources saying not a single body panel will remain untouched. The spy shots in our gallery below show an early development mule already wearing cladding to hide some of the new design elements. Porsche is also delving beneath the skin to improve the car's mechanicals, and weight saving measures are reportedly at the top of list. If Porsche can decrease the Boxster's curb weight enough, it will likely use a smaller turbocharged four-cylinder (probably with direct injection) to power the car. Though still likely to offer more than 200 hp, a smaller powerplant would enable Porsche to meet more stringent emissions and fuel economy regulations while maintaining the mid-engine sports car's performance and world renowned handling.


[Source: KGP Photography]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Lighter is always better. I can't think of a single racing or high performance automotive application that improves as result of more weight. That is an uninformed and unknowledgeable opinion. Its just harder and more expensive to cut weight than twisting a boost screw for more hp like most auto manufactures do.

      The only two cars that I can think of that aren't super cars and have managed to keep weight with in 100 lbs. over the last 10 years are the Corvette and Boxster. Both of which were designed to be convertibles from the beginning. Before you go off on the Corvette I believe that starting with the C4 it was a design exercise to produce a convertible from the beginning and not to chop the roof off and add a bunch of crappy bracing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      OMGITSTHESAMEPORSCHEDESIGNERSARELAZYANDOVERPAIDANDSUCK
      OVERPRICEDPIECESOFJUNKIHATEITCUZICANTAFFORD1DUETOJEALOUSY



      /Get the hating out of the way
      /There, Christian, I summarized your hate in 2 lines just so you don't have to. ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, its getting harder and harder to tell whats the difference between the 987 boxster and the newer ones.
      The tail lights look they would be a different shape, and probably be LED which will be pretty cool.
      A small flat 4 turbo would be fun, and probably put out more horsepower than the S model tuned.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am betting the next generation will look the same.
      Just look at how the 911 progressed.

      If they give it a turbo 4-cylinder, I could care less if it looks different or new!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I guess I can't really get excited over anything Porsche does because all their cars have looked the same for practically the past 20+ years. The only exception is the Panamera, which looks like a pregnant beetle. Not much better.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh, and I forgot the Cayenne, but it's ugliness goes without saying.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Do the powers that be that set crash tests standards realize that, all else equal, higher crash standards = higher weight = lower fuel economy? Can we just freeze crash standards or roll them back slightly so that cars can be lighter?
      • 5 Years Ago
      @TP

      Let me get this straight - anyone who thinks that Porsches are ugly can't afford them? What are you, like 14?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @chopsui

        "Let me get this straight - anyone who thinks that Porsches are ugly can't afford them?"

        Perhaps you failed at reading comprehension. Go reread my posts and triple-check if I actually said anything close to what you accused me of saying. Otherwise, stop putting words into other people's mouth.


        "What are you, like 14?"

        That would be my answer if you ask me that about 21 years ago.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I will take the 310 hp version thank you very much. Light isn't always better. Weight keeps the wheels to the road.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, weight does not keep the car on the road. In a turn, heavier cars generate more sliding forces BECAUSE they are heavier - there's just more being pulled off the road.

        And in a straight line, it's aerodynamics that do the most to keep your car planted.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So do wide, sticky tires.
      • 5 Years Ago
      About time they're moving to a turbo 4-cylinder.


      The question now is if it'll be a VW-sourced inline-4 or a new flat-4 unit.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Patrick

        History has shown that people would rather have a Porsche-engineered four-cylinder than a VW/Audi-engineered anything in a Porsche. That heavy slow-revving five in a Boxster would cause riots regardless of how much power it had.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I guess what I mean to say is: How come motorcycles are steet legal but 1200lb cars cannot be?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Because the 29mpg the car already gets isn't the best fuel economy for a sports car around. The addition of DI should pick that up to 30 or 31. I'm all for saving weight, but don't decrease the performance. Also, turbos aren't really the lightest things ever.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Porsche puts the mild back in "Mild Facelift"
        • 5 Years Ago
        i'm with turbopanzer on this one. hold your judgments until you see a production model.
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