The next generation Porsche Boxster has been spotted testing again, this time it got caught on video. Inspired by the classic Porsche 914 , the Boxster is a lightweight modern day mid engine sports car from the German automaker, it is also the most affordable, starting at around $46,000 for the base model and working up to around $50,000 for the high performance Boxster S.
It appears that the German sports car maker Porsche is preparing a Speedster version of its entry level mid-engine Boxster two seater sports coupe. This shorter and more aggressive open air Porsche features a lower windscreen, a pair of roll hoops fitted behind the occupants heads and a pair of the classic humps running from behind the passengers to the rear of the vehicle, like the ones found on the Speedsters of the 1980’s and 90’s. You can just barely make them out under the makeshift camouflaged canvas roof.
The dramatically redesigned Porsche will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show later on this year. The Boxster Speedster will be powered by the same 300 HP 3.4 Liter flat six engine as the special edition Boxster S Porsche Design Edition 2 .
It’s not to early to start taking a look at an all-new Porsche Boxster for 2011 . Although the 2009 Boxster has barely broken cover, it’s just a refreshening of the current car. So the next full leap forward for the Porsche roadster is just around the corner.
Latest spy shots reveal that the next Boxster (code 988) will be wider than the outgoing model and will share some of its interior design and pieces with the upcoming Panamera . Rumors have also suggested the front of the 2011 car may be changed substantially due to pedestrian crash standards that are going in effect in Europe.
The new mid-engined car may be offered for the first time with a four cylinder engine . Also available should be the direct injection six-cylinder engines from the 2009 Boxster. The six-cylinder 2011 car’s performance should still be an improvement over its predecessor because Porsche is focusing its engineering resources on reducing the Boxster’s weight.
Porsche USA announced pricing on the new 2009 Boxster and Cayman . Both models will go on sale in March. Prices will start from $46,600 Boxster and $56,700 for the Boxster S, while for the Cayman prices will start from $50,300 for the base version and $60,200 for the Cayman S. All of this pricing reflects about a two percent increase to the little Porsches, but the added horsepower and features should help make amends.
The 2009 Boxster 2.9-liter flat-six engine that delivers 255 bhp (an increase of 10 hp over 2008), and the S version gets a 3.4-liter power unit that delivers 310 hp (up 15hp). The Cayman gets the same 2.9-liter boxer engine but gets 265 hp (an increase of 20 hp); the Cayman S gets a 3.4-liter power unit that delivers 320 hp (25 hp more). When any of these cars are mated to the new PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission, the fuel economy improves an average of four percent over previous models equipped with Tiptronic transmissions.
Full breakdown in the press release after jump.
Now that Porsche is hard at work on the 2011 Boxster , it seems there is a lot of cross-pollination going on with its new minions at the Volkswagen Group. Porsche may be spending a little too much time with its new playmates at the diesel-happy Audi. There are now rumors swirling around that the next generation of the Boxster will get an oil burner.
The Cayenne diesel we understood. The Cayenne is a truck, and a diesel’s torque is great for towing and hauling. But placing a VW-sourced 2.0-liter 204 hp diesel in a sports car!? It’s not even a boxer engine. Something just doesn’t sit right.
The good news is that of all the companies making diesels, Audi is probably the best (it won LeMans three times with oil burner racers) and the 2.0-liter’s 370 lbs ft. of torque will give brisk performance. But for a company whose motto is "There is No Substitute", this seem an awful lot like a compromise.
If last week we brought you the first spy picture of the next generation Porsche Turbo , today we bring you the spy shots of the next generation Boxster. You already know Porsche is working on a Speedster version for the Boxster .
Porsche will keep the same flat-six engine, only now the automatic transmission available will be the quick-shift PDK dual-clutch transmission. The most powerful version will be a 3.4-liter version that deliver 303hp.
The next generation Boxster will make its official debut at a major auto show end of next year or beginning of 2010.
The Cayman is powered by a 2.9-liter flat-six boxer engine that delivers 265 hp (an increase of 20 hp); the Cayman S gets a 3.4-liter power unit that delivers 320 hp (25 hp more). The Cayman S with PDK dual-clutch automatic and Launch Control can do 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds.
Boxster gets a 2.9-liter engine that delivers 255 bhp (an increase of 10 hp). The S version gets a 3.4-liter power unit that delivers 310 hp (up 15hp). Mated to a the standard six-speed manual gearbox, the new Boxter makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 5.9 seconds.
It has been a standing knowledge that Porsche has been planning to unveil the modified Boxster and Cuaman mid-engine sports cars at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week. But, Porsche made it official recently, even though it failed to provide any pictures, the German manufacturer revealed in its Spartan press release that "both cars will come with Porsche’s new engine and transmission technology as well as many other significant technical and exterior refinements".
Besides some artistic modifications, the new 2009 Cayman coupe and Boxster roadster will show off extra powerful but also fuel-economical direct-injection engines with Porsche’s new double-clutch PDK gearbox that made its introduction on the recently altered 911s.
For the very first time also at an auto show in the US, Porsche will showcase in Los Angeles the original car to bear the name "Porsche," the celebrated, 60-year-old mid-engine 356 which has come to be identified simply as ’Porsche No.1’. The company’s LA Show display area will also highlight a Porsche 550 Spyder which is on loan from the special collection of Jerry Seinfeld.
Although Porsche’s 911 shares its actual linage with the 356 , it is the Boxster /Cayman that is seen today as its spiritual successor. So it only makes sense that when Porsche decided to plunge its history, it would give the Boxster a speedster version.
Considering the original Speedster was a striped-down and race-ready 356, this spy shot already shows a car with a few more creature comforts (the original Speedster didn’t have roll-up windows.) Instead the Boxster Speedster will likely get a lower windshield and revised soft top to complete the lower-profile look of the original car. Some add-on bits and new wheels are also planned to distinguish this car from the regular Boxster. To live up to its speedy name, Porsche may use its most potent version of the 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine, which is currently the 303 hp unit from the Boxster S Design Edition 2
This car is based on the revised Boxster we plan to see this week’s Los Angeles Auto Show. Although the Speedster isn’t expected in LA, there isn’t enough to distinguish it from the new Boxster to stop it from premiering soon after.
Look like it doesn’t take long for Porsche to make up its mind. Back in September, Porsche announced that the latest six cylinder engine was designed to be easily modified into a boxer four . At the time of the announcement, Porsche said it had no plans to use a four-cylinder in the near future, but it wanted to have the option. Now Autocar is reporting that the German company will knock off two cylinders of the Boxster’s engine by 2011.
The four-cylinder may be a large part of the next Boxster’s diet. Due in 2011, the next generation of the roadster is reported to be significantly lighter than the current one and will have an output of over 220 hp.
This announcement brings the rumored plans for a 914 revival into question. Is there room for two four-cylinder open tops on Porsche’s roster?