2013 Porsche BOXSTER

Text: Dan Strong / Photos: Brenda Priddy & Company

The new Porsche Boxster has hit the road, and autoexpress.co.uk has the clearest pictures yet.

As our images 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 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 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 forthcoming 911 – codenamed 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 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 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.