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- 2012 Porsche Boxster (Porsche 981)
Our crafty spy photographer have managed to set lenses upon a completely undisguised 2012 Porsche Boxster S out and about in the light of day. With all of the vehicle’s camouflage removed, we can clearly see the body lines of the new convertible
As Porsche spy shots show, every body panel is new and it now has a bolder, more dramatic profile. At the rear, there are new LED equipped brake lights that wrap around the tail.
According to sources close to the project, the cabin gets inspiration from the new Porsche 911 – meaning clearer instruments and a boost in quality.
There are also bigger roll over hoops, and a more steeply raked windscreen – helping exaggerate this car’s “roadster” status.
Codenamed Porsche 981, the model we have spied is a sporty Boxster ‘S’, which gets huge 18-inch alloy wheels as standard – plus flared wheel arches, a more shapely body and deeper intakes to feed cool air to the rear mounted engine.
Under the skin, there’s an all new platform, which is derived from the new Porsche 911 (Porsche 991) and due for launch in November. Drivers can also expect new suspension, a wider track and a longer wheelbase.
Insiders have told Auto Express the 2012 Porsche Boxster S direct injection 3.4-litre flat six will be carried over to the new line-up but gets stop and start technology and new tuning to meet tougher emissions regulations.
However, time is being called on the old, 255bhp 2.9-litre six-cylinder engine. It will be replaced by a smaller turbocharged flat four-cylinder engine which produces around 270bhp but, crucially, less emissions.
Porsche is working hard to cut its carbon dioxide emissions so the 2012 Porsche Boxster will be lighter than the car it replaces thanks to the use of more aluminium. But the biggest change is likely to come with the engines.
Emphasis will also be placed on the firm’s seven-speed PDK gearbox which allows faster shifts than a manual, but also contributes to better fuel economy because of the better spread of ratios.
Originally tipped to appear at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, it’s thought the car will now make its debut at the Detroit Motor Show in January 2012, before going on sale in spring.
The new Porsche Cayman coupe follows in 2013.
2012 Porsche Boxster (Porsche 981) Spy Shots: