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Porsche Boxster RS Spyder Spied

High-performance droptop shares upgrades with Cayman GT4.

The new Porsche Boxster GTS won't sit at the top of the droptop's lineup for long, as these spy photos show that a Porsche Boxster RS Spyder is on the way to accompany its high-performance Cayman GT4 hardtop sibling.

We reported on this new Porsche Boxster variant a few months ago, speculating that these GT4 models will boast a serious power boost along with aerodynamic improvements and significant chassis upgrades. These photos confirm at least the aerodynamic upgrades, as this prototype Boxster displays a different, more aggressive front fascia along with a larger, fixed wing in the rear. This should make for improved aerodynamics to provide more downforce for this faster, sharper Boxster. Large, cross-drilled brakes are also visible, and the car appears to sit slightly lower than a standard Boxster.

The Porsche Boxster RS Spyder is expected to make as much as 400 hp, a significant uptick from the Boxster GTS' 330-hp, 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine. The power augmentation will either come from a hybrid assist system for the flat-six, or from an all-new plug-in hybrid powertrain mating an electric motor with a turbocharged four-cylinder. Our photographer said that this prototype was equipped with a manual transmission rather than Porsche's PDK dual-clutch, an encouraging sign for enthusiasts.

In terms of price, the Porsche Boxster RS Spyder may push well above $100,000, as previous speculation put the price of the Cayman GT4 around $125,000 (and the existing Boxster GTS stickers for $74,495). These new models are expected to hit the market in 2017, so stay tuned for more updates on the development of these high-performance, mid-engine sports cars in the future.