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Coupe scoop! We spy Porsche’s second-gen Boxster—in coupe form


By GREG KABLE

WE STUDIED THESE SPY SHOTS LONG AND hard before arriving at this conclusion: What you’re looking at is an early prototype of Porsche’s new Boxster Coupe, caught during recent tests at Porsche’s Weissach proving ground on the outskirts of Stuttgart.

Yes, the car codenamed 987 looks a lot like a 911 in this guise, but Porsche sources say the second-generation Boxster—a roadster due in mid-2005 and the coupe 12 months later—will be far different from the 911 than today’s Boxster. Despite this prototype’s heavy disguise, several details point to its inherent Boxster-ness: the two-seat, mid-engine layout (note the blacked-out rear side windows and firewall behind the seats); relatively long wheelbase (today’s Boxster boasts a 2.5-inch longer wheelbase than the 911); and muscular hip line, short rear overhang and small spoiler—the latter aimed at replicating the retractable wing on today’s car.

Porsche will push the existing 2.7-liter and 3.2-liter flat-six engines to gain about 10 hp (to 235 for Boxster, 268-270 for Boxster S) along with a considerable boost in low-end torque. Channeling drive to the rear wheels will be an optional new six-speed double-clutch manual gearbox similar to the system offered on the Audi TT, a new six-speed automatic or a traditional six-speed manual.

In addition to the roadster and coupe, Porsche plans a series of performance models based on its new sub-911 coupe, including a stripped-out Boxster Clubsport model running a powered-up version of Porsche’s flat-six engine.






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That is a beaut! Good find, milt!

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That's a significant improvement in aesthetics. It actually looks MORE like a 911 to me.
 

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I'd love to see them make a hard top convertible version. The lines would be pretty different than this one, but you are right Semi, this looks more like a 911. I do like it quite a bit, but wouldn't mind if the back portion of the cabin were more "boxter-like" in shape if it had to be in order to allow for a retractable top. Gives me a good idea for a new topic.
 

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Much better; the current Boxster is pretty ugly imho.

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