The Porsche 718 Will Launch The Era of Electric Sports Carsby Dim Angelov, on LISTEN 02:31
Manufacturers are hard at work, transitioning to fully electric vehicles, and Porsche has already come up with a strategy that would allow for the gradual electrification of its existing lineup. Last year, Porsche gave us the Taycan – its first fully electric production vehicle. It was a good exercise, which showed that there was indeed interest in a high-performance EV from Porsche. With this in mind, the German carmaker is already implementing its strategy to electrify its whole existing lineup by 2024.
We already know that Porsche is working hard to reduce its carbon footprint. Last year, we learned that the German carmaker has developed the Dual-Macan strategy, which involves a new EV version of the compact SUV coming out sometime around 2023 or 2024. The original plan was fo the ICE-powered Macan will undergo a significant facelift and still be in production, but we’ve recently learned that the gas-powered Macan may die around the same time the Macan eV launches.
As for the 718 Cayman, it will become a fully electric model that will be on sale in the U.S. from 2025. Base versions will be rear-wheel-drive only, while more powerful versions will have electric motors on both axles, turning the 718 (for the first time) into an all-wheel-drive car.
At this point, it is unknown whether the internal combustion engine versions of the 718 Cayman/Boxster will continue to be offered alongside their EV counterpart. The Taycan and Panamera are both currently on sale, which could mean that Porsche plans to make an EV equivalent to all of its ICE-powered models, similar to what BMW is doing.
Porsche 911 fans may sleep peacefully, as the company reassures us that the iconic rear-engine sports car will never become an EV.
That said, the Porsche 992 Turbo S facelift has already been spotted testing, and although no details are available at this point, the possibility of a 992.2 Turbo S hybrid is not out of the question.
When talking about power output, the number 700 comes up in discussions. Porsche says the 911 will be the last car to get any form of electrification and it might not even happen in this decade. However, we’ll have to wait until 2024 to find out, which is when the Porsche 992 facelift is expected to launch.
Source: Car & Driver