Confirmed: The next-gen Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman will be fully-electric

by Paul Horrell | Mar 18, 2022
Exterior of the Porsche Mission R concept, the basis of future all-electric Porsche 718 sports cars
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The next Porsche 718 sports car, the Boxster and Cayman, will be fully-electric, Porsche’s CEO Oliver Blume has confirmed.

An exact year isn’t given, but he said: “By the middle of the decade, we want to offer our mid-engine 718 sports car exclusively in an all-electric form.” So, this will be the third all-electric Porsche, after the Taycan and the upcoming Macan EV.

It’s a quick swing to battery power for Porsche. The Taycan last year sold more than 40,000 copies.

Exterior of the Porsche Mission R concept, the basis of future all-electric Porsche 718 sports cars

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Blume said the electric Porsche 718 will be a proper sports car: “It will have the typical dimensions of a roadster. Always, our EVs will be 100% Porsche, rather than being just oriented to EV competitors. When we made the Taycan, our benchmark was the 911.”

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The Mission R concept showed the way for the new 718. Porsche very seldom does concepts that don’t have a deeper meaning. The Mission R was a compact Cayman-like body built of innovative materials, with a 900V battery and twin-motor drive for high regeneration in race situations. The new 718 will likely come with both RWD and 4WD.

Blume said the new electric 718 range will still be built at Stuttgart on the same production line as the 911, and will share some parts. We can assume that means some hidden body parts, and suspension. But that doesn’t mean the 911 is going all-electric. True, there will be a hybrid version, but Blume said this will be one of the highest performers of all the 911s.

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Powertrain of the Porsche Mission R concept, the basis of future all-electric Porsche 718 sports cars

While others struggle to make money on EVs because of the battery cost, Porsche’s finance boss Lutz Meschke told us the company is making 10% margin on the Taycan. Within two or three years, it will hit the same fat 15% as the brand makes on its gasoline cars, he added. So you can see why it isn’t putting any brake on the electric transition.

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But even after 2030, there will still be gasoline 911s, he added. That’s partly why the company is investing in eFuel, which is synthesised from hydrogen and captured CO2, a process driven by renewable energy: “eFuel protects the 911, the soul of our brand.“

INterior of the Porsche Mission R concept, the basis of future all-electric Porsche 718 sports cars

Exterior of the Porsche Mission R concept, the basis of future all-electric Porsche 718 sports cars

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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