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by Matt Brogan

Rumours of a low-emissions Boxster have gained more ground today with a report from the UK’s Autocar magazine suggesting a three-cylinder, low CO2 powerplant could join the model range in the near future.

Boxster model line director, Mr Hans-Jurgen Wohler, told Autocar that a three-cylinder engine hasn’t been ruled out when Porsche makes a decision to replace the current six-cylinder unit to meet strict new emissions laws to be introduced in 2012.

“A Boxster with a four-cylinder engine, or maybe even a three-cylinder turbo, could produce between 180bhp and 200bhp (135kW and 149kW) and emit just 180g/km of CO2,” Mr Wohler said.

“Given the Boxster’s history — that it started with a 200bhp, 2.5-litre engine — I think this is possibly something that customers could accept.”

Porsche has yet to make an official ruling on the low-emissions Boxster as it is remains unclear how Volkswagen’s new ownership will impact Porsche’s emissions requirements.




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