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Video - 2016 Porsche Boxster S spied at the Ring

Snapshot: Will make the switch to a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine.

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The 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera S recently received a turbocharged gasoline engine and now Porsche is just about ready to do the same thing with the Boxster and Cayman. What we have in the attached footage is a prototype of the Boxster S performing intense testing rounds in Germany around the Nurburgring track, prior to an official launch expected to occur in the first half of 2016.

Without any doubt the most significant change is the removal of the naturally aspirated 3436cc six-cylinder engine in order to make room for a downsized flat-four turbocharged motor believed to have a 2.5-liter displacement and an output of 300 bhp in the Boxster S while the base model is expected to use a smaller 2.0-liter turbo engine producing approximately 240 bhp. There’s also going to be a new Boxster/Cayman GTS which will use the 2.5-liter turbo producing an estimated 370 bhp.

By making the switch to a turbocharged engine, Porsche’s Boxster and Cayman facelifted models will become significantly more fuel efficient and with lower CO2 emissions without having to compromise performance and excitement.

Besides receiving a brand new motor, the entry-level models from Stuttgart will also go through a series of modest design changes both inside and out. Expect to see new LED daytime running lights, revised graphics for the headlights and taillights along with enlarged rear fender vents necessary to provide additional cooling to the turbocharged engine. Some subtle tweaks to the front and rear bumpers are also expected along with new upholstery and trim options in the cabin.

According to a recent report, Porsche has apparently decided to position the Cayman coupe below the Boxster convertible in some markets as a move to make the fixed metal roof version more accessible by establishing a lower price tag which should boost the model’s appeal in more countries.

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