How does an electric Porsche 718 with Cayman GT4 levels of power sound?

Nobody has officially confirmed that the next-generation 2023 Porsche 718 Cayman and Boxster will be electric or even hybrid, but a new report is saying that they could have 400 horsepower, a figure that will put them well ahead of the current Cayman GTS and pretty damn close to the 414-horsepower Cayman GT4.

If the Next-Gen Porsche 718 Goes Electric or Hybrid, It’s Be Impressively Powerful and Fast

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A new report from Car Magazine claims that the next-gen 718 Cayman and Boxer will offer up 400 horsepower from a twin-motor setup.

Even more out of this world is the fact that they will be offered in Rear- or all-wheel-drive. As an electric vehicle, torque will be instantaneous and impressive high, but it’s the horsepower that we’re focused on right now because 400 ponies in a 718 is a big deal. To put this into perspective, the base 718 Cayman that you can buy right now delivers just 300 horsepower in base form while the Cayman S delivers 350 horsepower. Move up to the Cayman or Boxster GTS, and you’re at 365 horsepower. The only 718 available right now that breaks the 400-horsepower barrier are the 718 Spyder and 718 GT4.

Of the models mentioned above, the Cayman, Cayman S, and GTS are all powered by a 2.5-liter turbo-four while the GT4 and Spyder are powered by a naturally aspirated 4.0-liter six-banger. Lesser models will get you to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds while the GT4 and Spyder make the sprint in 4.2 seconds.

Should the next-gen 718 go all-electric and deliver 400 horses (and instantaneous torque,) the 718 could quickly become a car that can hit 60 mph in the mid-three-second range.

Wow!

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Oh, and by the way, just for fun, the next-gen 718 Cayman might be faster than the base Porsche 911 Carrera – it delivers 379 horsepower and will sprint to 60 mph in four seconds flat. Interesting times we’re living in, don’t you think?

Electric Porsche 718 Have been Testing in Prototype Form

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Back in April of 2019, Porsche’s own Dr. Oliver Blume told Autocar that the company does, in fact, have electric prototypes of the 718 running and that a hybrid prototype was in the works. However, he refused to confirm the next-gen 718 would be hybrid or electric:

“ If you look to the next generation of those cars, it is possible, although it is not clear whether it would be plug-in hybrid or hybrid," said Blume.

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In September, Porsche board member Lutz Meschke told Auto Express that “battery concepts were already in the testing phase as were body styles. The more important bit from that interview was that a final decision about the next-gen 718 would come in 12 months – roughly September 2020.

Of course it should be noted that nobody has spotted any of these prototypes, so you do have to take that with a grain of salt, but the current generation (982 Gen) has been on the market since 2016, so we’re only three years in and Porsche is under no real stress to rush things. In fact, that’s the last thing it will do, we’ll be lucky if we see the electric 718 before the end of 2020.

An Electric Porsche 718 Will Share DNA in a Big Way – Maybe Even with the Japanese

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If Porsche does indeed introduce the next-gen 718 as a performance EV, then we’re going to see the small sportscar market shift into a new era.

The new Porsche 718 EV will share its drivetrain and underpinnings with the successor to the Audi TT and the rebirth of the Lamborghini Urraco

It goes even deeper than that, though, because there’s a mild possibility that Porsche and Toyota will team up as well, and that means the 718 EV could also lend some of its DNA to the rebirthed Toyota MR2.

That’s not even a joke, either. In the same interview with Auto Express that I mentioned earlier, Meschke said “An [electric] 911 will be too difficult. But for the 718 I think that it would be a very good step for the future, and it would be on a completely new platform that we can discuss and share with other brands.” And, those words came not that long after Supra engineer, Tetsuya Tada, express extreme desire to partner with Porsche for his next sports car, which would be the Toyota MR2 – the third brother to be risen from the dead.

Final Thoughts

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As of right now, there’s little in terms of confirmation, but the writing is on the wall. If Porsche is testing electric prototypes, batteries, and body styles of the next-gen 718, then you better believe that it’s fully committed. You can put even more faith into the whole concept now that reports are starting to share light on power output and driveline configuration.

I wouldn’t hold out hope on seeing it in the immediate future, but 2022-2023 would be a good time for the 718 EV to make its inevitable debut as the current model will be 6-7 years old and due for a replacement.

The market place will change a lot between now and then, and things could get even weirder if an unlikely alliance between Porsche and Toyota actually happens too. Needless to say, we’re living in interesting times, and the 2020s will bring forth things for Porsche that we couldn’t even conceive in our wildest dreams just a few years ago.

Source: Car Magazine

Robert Moore
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Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read More
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