The days of the internal combustion engined Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman are numbered. Porsche announced that its much-admired mid-engine coupe and roadster, the two least expensive in its lineup, will be unique and fully electric starting with their next generation.
Porsche made the announcement during the presentation of its financial statements for 2021, where the manufacturer also announced record profits and confirmed the arrival of a hybrid version of its iconic 911 sports car.
For 26 years, since its arrival in 1996 as the Boxter convertible, the current Porsche 718 family of sports cars has featured a mid-engine configuration. But from 2025, the combustion engine will be replaced by electric motors powered by a battery located between the axles.
The 718 family will thus constitute the third electric Porsche design, following in the footsteps of the Taycan and that of the electric version of the Macan crossover that will go on the market in 2023. Rumors indicate that the electric 718 could be based on the Porsche Mission R Conceptbut if this is the case, the contribution of the Mission R would probably be in the appearance section, since the Mission R was based on the chassis of the current 718 Cayman, while the electric 718 will be the result of a completely new development. .
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In fact, the electric 718 Boxter and Cayman will be the first Porsche models to be based on the Premium Platform Electric, or PPE, platform developed jointly with Audi, which is used by the striking Audi A6 Avant e-tron Concept station wagon revealed today. week and will be the mechanical foundation of a convoy of electric Audis that will hit the market from next year.
Porsche said that by 2025 50% of its annual sales will be represented by hybrid and electric cars, while by 2030 this percentage should rise to 80%. The electric Macan, the hybrid 911 and the next generation of the 718 Boxster and Cayman will be instrumental in achieving that goal.