The Porsche 718 Boxster EV could debut within months as a concept ready for productionby Robert Moore, on LISTEN 02:34
Electrification is a big deal and, eventually, every sports car that we know and love will lug around battery packs and motors instead of gas tanks and engines. It is, quite literally, an inevitability. That’s why rumors that the Porsche 718 is going electric make a lot of sense despite being largely unfounded. After all, it is the next logical step after the Taycan’s success since the 911 will be the last model of Porsche’s lineup to make the transition. We recently learned that Porsche decision-makers were weighing options on what to do with the next-gen 718, and it looks like a decision has been made, as new reports say an electric Porsche Boxster Concept is about to be revealed!
Porsche Boxster EV – A Massive Step Into a New Generation of Porsche Sports Cars
We have made a strong case for an electric 911, but it’s imperative that the 718 goes first since it doesn’t quite have as much to lose, so to speak. A new report from Car & Driver says that a Boxster EV is under development and that a concept is coming soon. According to the publication, the Boxster EV will follow the same path as the Taycan. The concept will preview an actual production model, much like the Porsche Mission E Concept did for the Porsche Taycan. Let’s just hope that the time it takes to shift from concept to production is shorter than the five years it took for Porsche to make the Taycan happen.
There’s also word that Porsche will sell the Porsche 718 in two different forms, just like it plans to do with the Porsche Macan. as in the next-gen 718 will be electric, but the current-gen will live on with heavy updates so that the transition to electrification is generally easier. This is also where things get a little dicey, though, as the current word is that the electric Boxster will be built upon a brand-new architecture that’s entirely different from the PPE platform that is underpinning the upcoming Macan EV.
Either way, this news is huge as the Taycan was built from the ground up, while the Macan and Boxster EV will be electrified versions of current models in the lineup. Once these models hit the road, Porsche will have taken a very vital step towards its goal of mass electrification. There are, however, a couple of questions I want to have answered. For one, will Porsche and Toyota team up with this new platform to make the Boxster EV the twin of the new Toyota MR2? And, more importantly, what is the deal with the electric Porsche hypercar and 918 Successor?
Source: Car & Driver