• Aug 30, 2010
2012 Porsche Boxster – Click above for high-res image gallery

As expected, the Spyder is the send-off model for the current generation Porsche Boxster (987), so a new version – rumored to carry the 981 designation – is under development.

Like anything hailing from Stuttgart, any changes to Boxster's chassis and exterior will be minor, with more shapely sheetmetal adorning the outside and a few minor modifications to the suspension, brakes and assorted underbody bits. Naturally, a few interior tweaks are part of the package, but the big news is the possible addition of a four-cylinder powerplant for the 2012 model year.

While the 2.9- and 3.4-liter flat six-cylinder engines will likely carryover with minor bumps in horsepower and torque, there's talk of a four-cylinder Boxster being added to Porsche's line-up just above its oft-rumored entry-level model – a rebirth of the 914 co-developed with Volkswagen and Audi. Additionally, Porsche has confirmed it will begin testing three Boxsters with electric drivetrains next year, but technical details on the EVs have yet to be released.

Initial speculation suggested that the 2012 Boxster could make an appearance at the Paris Motor Show this fall, but the smart money is on a Geneva debut in March.




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      • 4 Years Ago
      I very much like the front end, it`s a nice slope to it. I`m very much interested in finding out more about the testing of the electric drivetrains with the 3 different boxsters. I wonder how big the rims are, on the 2012 boxster. http://dld.bz/usedcarsforsale
      • 4 Years Ago
      In its first iteration, the Boxster was to be equipped with a 4 cyl. engine out of a 944/986. But I'm with LloydChiro....GT3 sounds about right.
        • 4 Years Ago
        the first boxter was aimed at people that wanted something more than a Golf GTI / audi rs3 / bmw 325, but could not afford 911.
        i remember reading that years back
        original price 76.500 DM (ca. 39.100 Euro).
      • 4 Years Ago
      What are the wheel sensors for? New stability control?
        • 4 Years Ago
        and active suspension management. Porsche does more research on this stuff than anybody and it really shows in how they drive.
      • 4 Years Ago
      @guys commenting on the front end

      The front end is heavily disguised. Those are fake fenders put over the stock ones to hide the new headlights. Those aren't the actual headlights. You can definitely tell if you were to look at the 998 prototype. They both have the same shape lights. Porsche has always tried to differentiate the 2 models lookswise, especially in the headlights.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Porsche has the laziest design studio in the world. Cookie cutter designs.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And you have a cookie cutter comment.

        By the way, you judging a car's looks when it's heavily disquised. Do you have an insight on this car that you know exactly how it looks to come up with that type of judgement?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the front end. Its sexy. Lets hope they keep it that way.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Looks like Porsche is getting into the "carlashes" trend!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice to know you can drive The Ring and on the way home buy some Zigarettens at the vending machine...
        • 4 Years Ago
        All hail Europa.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would've thought that Porsche would spring for wireless telemetry for its transducers rather than wired-up slip rings. I guess it depends on what/how many signals they're actually reading there...
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