TTAC Photochop: New Porsche Boxster

Andrei Avarvarii
by Andrei Avarvarii

The Porsche Boxster is an amazing car to drive, but I never liked the design. I’ve always found the roadster's front/rear proportions to be the automotive equivalent of Dr. Doolittle's Pushmi-pullyu. In fact, if the original Boxster didn’t have a windscreen, you couldn’t tell which end was the front. (The 550 Spyder never had such a problem.) Porsche has gradually sculpted the Boxster's sheetmetal towards a more forward-going form; I'm assuming they're going to continue the evolution. I think a side line that descends towards the front will solve this problem entirely, giving the car a more aggressive stance and moving it towards its rightful place as a "mini-Carrera GT." The old Boxsters blend classic design elements with modern touches in a strange way. The elements that “scream Porsche," like the round headlights, were changed, while other, less relevant for the brand were kept. My design tweaks a little bit the ingredients used in the same neo-retro recipe. Here's hoping the right design (and some more power?) will reignite sales of Porsche's purest product.

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  • Akatsuki Akatsuki on Dec 26, 2007

    I like the oval headlights to be a bit canted in, they just look better. The look is a bit too "butch" actually, while I think the current design is not quite right (those crappy side vents just look horrible), but I am not convinced by this chop either.

  • Sajeev Mehta Sajeev Mehta on Dec 26, 2007

    I love it. Just make the bumper grilles "smile" a little less and you have a great evolution of the Porsche brand.

  • Maxxm Maxxm on Dec 26, 2007

    The proportions of the body between the front and rear axles are very nicely done. The car seems to have just the right balance and flows with a better oriented slightly more squat and sleeper aggressive stance. I do agree with both comments above, but those observations are quite minor compared with the overall improvement to what is now a tired and otherwise wholly unremarkable design.

  • Dean Dean on Dec 27, 2007

    Looks very nice. Unfortunately, that means it won't be what the next Boxster looks like. Porsche has trapped themselves into the need to dumb-down their non-911 product to continue justifying the 911's existence. So you get cars that handle wonderfully, but are neutered to keep them slower. And you get cars that get a couple beatings with the ugly stick (Boxster) so nobody ever doubts that you were just a little to cheap/poor to spring for the big dog.