New video from Porsche shows their visual trickery

As the saying goes, you can’t judge a book by its cover. And in this case, you can’t judge a car by its bodywork.

When Porsche was developing the Boxster, they came up with an ingenious solution to test the prototype in plain sight. Instead of wrapping the new car in camouflage wrap, Porsche engineers put the whole mid-engine kit and kaboodle inside the body of a 911 Targa Turbo.

The result was a fairly normal looking 911 compared to some other drivetrain mules we see in spy shots and video. The only real modifications you see from the outside are a different rear spoiler and a tinted rear window to hide the Porsche lump in the back seat.

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