Hardcore Porsche Boxster in development for 2016 launch
A more sporting version of the Porsche Boxster, which could become a successor to 2011's Boxster Spyder, is in development.
The new car, spied here during winter testing, could resurrect the missing Club Sport name from Porsche's line-up.
At the recent Detroit motor show, Porsche boss Wolfgang Hatz confirmed that a new, more sporting Boxster model was on the cards, although he said it would not adopt the GT4 moniker like the upcoming hot Cayman.
Hatz has also said the sporting Boxster will be developed by the mainstream Porsche operation rather than the firm's Motorsport division.
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It's understood that this new Boxster won't provide more power than the current range-topping GTS, which gets 325bhp from its 3436cc flat six petrol engine.
Instead, Porsche engineers will focus on dropping the car's kerb weight and tuning its chassis for a more sporting set-up.
From these pictures, it seems that styling changes for the model will be limited to around the front bumper. This prototype gets larger side air intakes, as well as a central air vent in the same vein as the upcoming 911 GT3 RS.
With the facelifted Porsche Boxster due to go on sale late this year, it's unlikely this more hardcore version will be seen before 2016.