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The 2016 Porsche Boxster facelift has been spotted running about in the vicinity of the company’s headquarters in Zuffenhausen, Stuttgart sans camouflage. Aside from the layers of foil and padding to ensure the prototype remains undamaged during transfers, the rejuvenated 918-generation Porsche Boxster looks more than ready for its Detroit or Geneva debut next year.

Externally, changes on the Cayman‘s droptop sibling appear minute with a reworked front fascia representing the brunt of the updates. The front bumper now sports revised air intakes while the headlight housings get minor alterations, within which reside updated LED lamps with daytime running lights.

In profile, the only noticeably updated cues are the new door handles and revised air intake outlets on the rear fenders. Elsewhere, the rear tail lamps now appear to feature bolder graphics within while the bumper itself has been given a minor once-over to keep things relevant.

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As for the cabin, sources indicate that the facelifted 981 Boxster will arrive on the scene with a new infotainment system which boasts a larger touchscreen display. Aside from that, a restyled (more ergonomic, perhaps?) steering wheel will feature. With all that’s been said, the 2016 Porsche Boxster (and Cayman) is slated to debut with a range of new, turbocharged flat-four engines.

Under the bonnet of the entry-level Porsche Boxster, the new car is expected to be motivated by a turbocharged 2.0 litre boxer engine with around 240 hp. Meanwhile, the Boxster S will most likely be powered by a turbocharged 2.5 litre flat-four mill, pumping out between 300 to 360 hp in varying states of tune – the flagship GTS models are expected to possess the larger numbers.

As for the Boxster Spyder and Cayman GT4, said models are touted to soldier on with reengineered versions of the naturally-aspirated flat-six engine currently in use. The facelifted Boxster and Cayman pair are expected to go on sale in late 2016 following its global debut. Of more interest, however, are reports of Porsche pricing the Cayman lower than the Boxster is certain markets to help move more units.

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