Coming from digital artist X-Tomi, the image is a melange between the Boxster we've just met and the greenhouse of the upcoming Cayman.
Normally, this would be the point where we started talking about the small horsepower premium the fixed roof version will bring (those of you who haven't checked out the specs of the 718 Boxster can follow that path here). But that habit will probably cease to exist once the coupe is released.
As Porsche has confirmed, the 718 more-than-a-mid-cycle-revamp will bring a role switch for the nonidentical mid-engined Porsche twins.
While the Cayman used to be the more expensive and, as stated above, slightly more powerful car, the Boxster will now become the one that's more difficult to buy.
As for the power, we don't expect the German engineers to downtune the pair of turbo flat-fours that debuted on the Boxster. When segment-topping hot hatches threaten the base model with their 0 to 60 times, such a move simply doesn't seem likely.
This switch has multiple effects. On the one hand, it will help Cayman sales, which have fallen seriously behind compared to how the Boxster has been doing.
On the other hand, there's the eternal distance the mid-engined offerings have to keep from the 911 in order not to cannibalize the reigning rear-engined machine. Until Porsche decides to build all its sportscars using carbon tubs, the coupe remains slightly sharper than the open-top model, so not giving the Cayman steroids, as it happened in the past, ensures the hierarchy is kept in place.
While we'll get to meet the revised styling cues of the Porsche 718 Boxster at the Geneva Motor Show in March, we can't be entirely sure about the Cayman's presence at the event.