Rumour has it Porsche is preparing a low-emission Boxster using a four- or even turbocharged three-cylinder engine.
Triple Boxster on the cards?
Autocar claims the Boxster line director Hans-Jurgen Wohler said the low-CO2 version of the manufacturer's entry-level model would be a way of reducing the Porsche fleet's overall emissions. European Union emissions limits apply to carmakers from 2012.
“We are under a great deal of pressure from the EU law makers to reduce emissions, but we don’t know yet how much we’ll have to come down by,” Wohler reportedly said.
“A Boxster with a four-cylinder engine, or maybe even a three-cylinder turbo, could produce between 134 kW and 150 kW and emit just 180g/km of CO2,” he added.
According to EU law, car makers that make fewer than 300 000 cars a year will need to demonstrate they've reduced their total fleets' CO2 emissions by 25% to avoid fines.
However, it is not yet known how Porsche’s majority ownership by VW will affect its emissions status.