Despite Porsche’s R&D Chief, Michael Steiner, saying many times that the electric 718 wouldn’t happen anytime soon, in early 2022 the company confirmed that the 718 EV is indeed on its way. The first all-electric 2025 Porsche 718 Boxster Concept will be unveiled sometime soon, while the production version should follow in 2025 as Porsche’s third electric car, following the Taycan and the Macan EV. It will take inspiration from the Mission R Concept, and it seems that the first prototypes are already out testing in the cold weather of the Arctic Circle.
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The prototype caught testing today is just that: a mule for testing the electric powertrain, and it has nothing in common with what we will see in 2025. Porsche tried so hard that it even added a fake exhaust system, but our spy photographers said it sounded like a battery-powered vehicle. And while the final design remains a mystery for now, you should expect the next 718 to be just a modernized version of what we have now.
It will be built on a dedicated platform, but it will inherit some design elements from the current model. The recently launched Mission R will also serve as a source of inspiration, but you should only expect to see a few touches here and there as the production version won’t be as aggressive. The Taycan will also serve as a source of inspiration – look for example at the prototype’s headlights – and so will the future Macan EV.
Porsche’s initial concern about offering an electric 718 was related to the car’s weight. The tiny sports car delivers great performance figures mostly because it is currently a very light car – it weighs under 3,000 pounds. The electric version would add a lot of heft because of the batteries. Still, Porsche has until 2025 to find a solution to keep the weight in the same 3,000-pound range. The Mission R that will inspire the future 718 EV weighs a total of 3,306 pounds – or about 190 pounds more than the current Cayman GT4 RS.
As for what will power the next 718 EV, it is still a mystery for now, but the production version will be offered in different stages of power – just like the current 718. Porsche already proved it is capable of building powerful electric cars. The Mission R, for example, is powered by two electric motors – one powering each axle. The system delivers a total of 671 horsepower in race mode and 1,085 horsepower in qualifying mode.
In the latter version, the Mission R goes from 0 to 60 mph in less than 2.5 seconds and can hit a top speed of 186 mph. Of course, you shouldn’t expect similar figures for the 718 EV, but it should at least be as powerful as the current model. The latter ranges from 300 to 493 horsepower in the Cayman GT4 RS version.
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With an official debut set to happen sometime in 2025, we expect to learn a lot more about the future Electric 718 in the next few months.