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Mike Stevens | Dec 16, 2011

The slightly more-affordable companion to Porsche's all-new 911, the mid-engined Boxster, is drawing nearer to its Geneva Motor Show debut. As these revealing new spy photos show, it's right on schedule.

While a few of the key elements remain covered (check out the paper printouts over the headlights and tail-lights), these are the clearest shots yet of the new Boxster's styling.

Spied near Porsche's Stuttgart headquarters this week, the 2012 Boxster is an all-new model, and although Porsche has continued its "evolution over revolution" design language, every part of the body is new.

Beneath the headlight and tail-light masking hides, reportedly, a new and less-traditional look that moves away from the 911-inspired lines of the 986 and 987 generations.

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The new Boxster has also grown in size, its wheelbase reportedly growing by 60mm and overall length by 37mm. Height has fallen by 10mm however, and the front overhang has also been cut by 25mm.

Despite the larger overall size, weight is understood to have fallen by 15kg to 1320kg, thanks largely to increased use of aluminium and other lightweight materials in the car's construction.

The 2.9 litre engine of the current model is expected to carry over into the new Boxster, with power increased from 188kW to nearly 200kW.

Come 2015 however, the flat-six engine will reportedly be replaced by a new twin-turbo 2.5 litre four-cylinder boxer engine, developing around 270kW and 470Nm of torque.

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