Third generation 2012 Porsche Boxster caught testing

by Alex

Codenamed 991, the next iteration of the 911 is not the only new model that is undergoing intensive development at Porsche at present. Based in Stuttgart, Germany, the company is simultaneously testing a brand new generation of the Boxster, as is evident from these photographs.

As is the case with all Porsche cars, the third generation Boxster’s style and feel will be an evolution of the second generation model which in itself has evolved from the original drop-top, entry-level Porsche which debuted 15 years ago in 1996.

Car enthusiasts will be thrilled to know that the styling influences from the Panamera are going to be used not only at both ends of the car but also in the cabin. As is visible from the scoop pictures, the electrically operated cloth top has been retained.

In spite of the developmental design, everything under the skin is new as the 2012 Boxster will ride on an altered version of the new chassis underpinning the upcoming 991. As a result, the wheelbase and overall length will increase which in turn will improve passenger and luggage space. Despite the larger dimensions, there will not be any increase in weight. In fact the new Boxster is expected to be slightly lighter than the current model.

Powering the 991 – in both its standard and S versions will be a range of engine that itself is an evolution of Porsche’s flat-six so that it now boasts of improved performance and lower fuel consumption. Apparently, Porsche is developing a new turbo charged four-cylinder engine that will eventually be available in both the next Boxster and the Cayman’s replacement.

Car enthusiasts are waiting to see where Porsche will premiere the third generation Boxster model – the Frankfurt Motor Show in September or at the 2012 Detroit Motor Show next January. Wherever it will be, it is going to be well worth the wait.

Source: carscoop

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