Next-generation Porsche Boxster coming to Geneva

Article by Christian A., on January 29, 2010

These are the latest photos of the new Porsche Boxster -- the cleanest and most economical Porsche available -- that were captured while testing. Clearly shown is the car's remarkable aerodynamic sculpting.

Specifically, the right-hand door is sporting a fin, which is being used to channel more air towards the side-mounted intakes. Lighter weight materials were used; every panel is said to be new.

The car also has revised engines, making it more economical. Reports suggest that four-cylinder engine could be available on a new entry-level model, delivering up to 200 bhp of motive power and returning carbon dioxide emissions levels of sub 200 g/km.

The photos also suggest that the car is slightly longer and wider than the current model. Obviously, more room will be available for the occupants and the increased size should help high-speed stability.

There are speculations that the company is planning to fit a new, smaller model into the Porsche range at a later date, possibly based on the VW BlueSport concept. Pedestrian crash protection regulations will also have a bearing on the car's design, with the front end being tweaked as a result.

The new generation Porsche Boxster is expected to be officially unveiled next spring, at the Geneva Motor Show. It goes on sale in late 2010 or early 2011.

Just last month at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show, Porsche officially revealed the new Porsche Boxster Spyder, which is a lighter version of the standard Boxster. Tipping the scale at around 1,275 kg or 2,811 lbs, the Boxster Spyder is considered by the German sports car the lightest model in its range.

While the Porsche Boxster Spyder was developed to be driven in open air, it features a light soft top that extends to the rear, thereby protecting the occupants from bright sunshine, wind and weather.

As for power, the Porsche Boxster Spyder is served by a 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine with Direct Fuel Injection upfront of the rear axle capable of delivering 320 bhp of max output, which is around 10 bhp more powerful than on the mill in the Boxster S.

When equipped with PDK Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe and the Sports Chrono Package, the new Porsche Bosxter Spyder -- using launch control -- can sprint from zero to 100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds and achieve a top speed of 267 km/h (or 166 mph) with the roof open.

As for fuel consumption, a PDK-equipped Porsche Boxster Spyder eats up around 9.3 liters per 100 kilometers (equivalent to 30.4 mpg imp) in the New European Driving Cycle.

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