Refreshed Porsche Boxster Spied

The Porsche Boxster is due for a refresh, as these new images from our spy photographers show a Boxster testing with a new front end. Specifically, the Porsche Boxster appears to have a new front fascia and restyled LED running lights.

The treatment applied to this Porsche Boxster is similar to what we saw in spy pictures of a Porsche 911 refresh; that model is rumored to be called the 991.2 generation and could debut as early as 2015. The refreshed Porsche Boxster would likely follow several months later -- either at the end of next year or sometime in early 2016.

Aside from the visual changes evident here, it's possible the Porsche Boxster will adopt new engines when it is refreshed. We reported in our Porsche 718 Sneak Preview story that the German automaker will launch 2.0- and 2.5-liter turbocharged flat-four engines, and it's possible those mills could replace the Boxster's flat-six mills to help improve the car's fuel economy ratings. The Porsche 718 engines are expected to make 285 hp and 360 hp. Today's Boxster offers 265 hp in the base model, 315 hp in the S, and 330 hp in the new 2015 Porsche Boxster GTS.

According to our reports, the Porsche Boxster refresh could also bring the car a new steering wheel with a 918 Spyder-like driving mode selector, a head-up display, and more driver-assistance safety features. As a result, the price of the refreshed Boxster could climb slightly -- providing more separation between it and the forthcoming Porsche 718. The 2015 Porsche Boxster starts at $52,395 (with destination) for the base model, $64,295 for the S, and $74,495 for the GTS.

The Porsche Boxster -- as well as its coupe twin, the Cayman, has been a frequent recipient of our All-Star award, including in 2014 and 2013. Look for more details on the refreshed model to arrive next year.

Richard Austin
Simply because they can. Wouldn't you?
WN
Why does Porsche insist on increasing the price of their entry car? When the boxster first came out it was easily affordable and Porsche sold them in droves. Now they've taken this entry Porsche and made it a premium nearly rivaling the 911 in price as well as performance. Maybe overall sales isn't what they're aiming for?
Jeffrey Kirk
I'm still not getting this altogether sudden -- and new -- rush on the part of so many automakers to "refresh" models after a mere two years on the road. It's not like the Boxster is either a high-volume vehicle or dealing with the entry of a new competitor into the marketplace, unless Porsche is somehow thinking Boxster buyers will defect to the new Vette ragtop (hint: they won't).

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