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With the arrival of the new Boxster S Black Edition in showrooms this year, Porsche’s entry-level convertible range is now complete and due to be replaced by a brand new model in the coming 12 months. These latest spy shots reveal a nearly complete prototype, which surprisingly was spotted at BMW’s test facility in Munich.
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.
As you probably expect, in terms of design, the future 2012 Porsche Boxster will be pretty much similar to the current version, with only various changes. The 2012 Porsche Boxster will get LED rear lights, a re-designed boot lid and probably a new rear bumper. The central exhaust will also be carried on to the future 2012 Porsche Boxster
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 smaller engine in the next-generation 911 also aimed at improving emissions ratings. In fact, reports out of Germany suggest that Porsche will be going with a ‘downsized’ 3.4-liter flat-six for the base 911 Carrera.
After all, 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 or early next to find out.
2012 Porsche Boxster Spy Shots