Electric Porsche Boxster: new pictures of near-production sports EV

Published: 07 February 2024 Updated: 07 February 2024

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Stuttgart is preparing to bolster its electric car range with an all-electric replacement for the Porsche 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman twins – and the camouflage is gradually dropping from the prototypes spied on wintry cold-weather testing in Scandinavia.

Porsche’s junior sports car has been snapped by our spy photographers inside and out. The latest batch of photos reveal fresh details like the production headlamps, which follow the multi-LED graphic seen on other new Porsche electric cars such as the recently unveiled new Taycan and Macan.

The 718 is the next electric model on Porsche’s launchpad.

Note how the fake exhaust pipes have been removed from the latest test cars, while slimline horizontal lights run across the rump.

New electric Porsche 718 Boxster caught winter-testing in February 2024

Zuffenhausen is planning a pair of sports cars, electrified to take the entry-level Porsche bloodline into the EV age. The styling is remarkably evolutionary – you won’t mistake this test hack for anything other than a Boxster – but the major changes lie beneath the skin.

Both the Boxster and Cayman will be based around a new electric car architecture dubbed SSP Sport. It allows for rear- or all-wheel drive sports cars and is designed to keep the heft as low as possible, in a bid to counter the natural weight gain associated with plugging in.

An extreme diet is one of the key reasons why Porsche has ploughed ahead with electric versions of its bigger saloons and SUVs first; it’s waiting for battery tech and weight to improve before committing to its first electric sports car.

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In a long game of cat and mouse, our spies have been scooping the electric Porsche sports cars for years and we’ve updated this page to show the latest – and earliest – prototypes so you can chart the programme’s progress. Earlier prototypes (below) carried more disguise, and even dummy exhaust tips, in a bid to put photographers off the scent. Note the simple folding soft-top is retained.

Boxster EV rear lights

The rear of the new Boxster EV looks to continue Stuttgart’s move towards full-width LED lights at the rear. It’s a tight package with space for just two seats, leaving the Porsche 911 as the marque’s classic 2+2 sports model. Hierarchy is all in the Teutonic logic of the Porsche brand ladder.

The battery-powered newcomers will be built at Zuffenhausen and Porsche is spending around £200 million to update the factory in preparation for its electric switchover; the company expects to offer legacy combustion models alongside the EVs during a transition period.

Range, battery size and charging specs

It’s too early to call the exact EV specs expected from the Porsche 718 replacement, but we know it will package the batteries in a ‘mid-mounted’ position, not dissimilar to the classical mid-engined sports car format. Why? Because cells cannot be arranged in a skateboard position along the floor, as it would prevent the driver from sitting low to the ground in time-honoured fashion.

Charging plug for new electric Porsche sports car

The electric 718 twins will use a centrally mounted flap above the rear registration mount to house its Type 2 charging plug, making it easier to use chargers on the left or right-hand side.

A high-speed DC charger port is also visible in our sandy spyshot above. It is not yet known what charging rate the electric Porsche sports cars will offer, but we expect this EV to stick with a smaller capacity to keep a lid on weight – so rapid charging will be a must.

Spy photos inside the electric roadster

Our man with the long lens has already stolen a good look inside the 2025 Porsche 718 Boxster EV – and it’s a significant upgrade on what went before.

It’s significantly more digital than the current car, with large, all-electronic screens and read-outs. Although unfinished, it’s clear to see the new Boxster will use a sophisticated dual-screen set-up like the Taycan. 

The battery stats are just about visible, with the prototype model 50% charged with a range of 125km (78 miles) left.

Of course, there are lots of variables at this stage of development and especially in testing sub-zero Arctic conditions, so we’d put that range at the worst-case scenario end of the scale. Expect a claimed range nearer 300 miles in production on the official WLTP cycle.

Porsche engineers are busy putting its 2025 sports car through its paces in harsh winter conditions, as they grapple with low temperatures affecting battery performance, durability in cold climes and handling prowess in all weathers.

It’s just part of an extensive test programme, which has seen the next Boxster put through its paces across the globe. Our spies have already captured the sports car on test at the Nurburgring in Germany, where prototypes have been spotted with wheels in the air.

CEO Oliver Blume announced that the electric sports cars will be revealed ‘by the middle of the decade’ at the brand’s 2023 annual press conference. He also confirmed that the electric 718 Boxster and Cayman twins will ‘run in parallel’ to petrol versions.

We haven’t yet seen a tin-top Cayman, suggesting that Porsche will launch the roadster first – exactly mirroring the staggered launch cadence of the original coupe two decades ago.

New 2025 electric Porsche Boxster and Cayman: what to expect

Strip away the camouflage and the direction of travel is clear to see.

Our artists have already depicted what the fixed-head electric Cayman could look like (see earlier rendering, below), based on the new EV architecture, which is likely to offer a mix of rear- or all-wheel drive depending on whether buyers choose a single or dual-motor option.

The all-electric 2023 Porsche 718 Cayman successor: CAR magazine's earlier artist's impression by Andrei Avarvarii

CAR’s sources suggest that twin-motor electric Boxsters will boast up to 400bhp, although Porsche will be keen to keep some clear water between its junior sports cars and its evergreen 911.

The company has already shown the Porsche Mission R concept car to showcase what a compact electric sports car could look like, albeit it in track form. Explaining the mid-engined look, it packaged the batteries behind the two seats ahead of the rear axle in what Porsche calls E-Core – to allow for a low-slung seating position rather than a tip-toe stance common on many EVs.

Electric Porsche sports cars: the origins

We’ve been following this story for years and it’s been a long gestation. Back in the early throes of Covid lockdown, CAR magazine spoke to the R&D bosses about the project. Dr Michael Steiner said in March 2020: ‘We are running several electrified Boxsters to gain expertise and knowledge to see how an electric car performs as a two-door.

Porsche 718 Boxster EV side profile

‘The acoustic sound doesn’t really play that huge a role with a GT like the Taycan and adding weight is okay,’ he added. ‘But the additional weight for a sports car, we are not satisfied with today. This is one of the reasons why our next electric car will be a small SUV not a two-door sports car.’

That’s the new 2024 Porsche Macan, the second EV to hail from Porsche.

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Porsche R&D chief Michael Steiner with a petrol-powered 911

Steiner (above) said that improved battery technology was needed before an electric Porsche sports car would be ready for production. ‘If there was a breakthrough in battery technology, something like solid-state batteries – this direction would trigger a two-door sports car fully electrified. But I do not see in the first half of this decade a good chance of a breakthrough in battery technology,’ he told us during the Covid lockdowns.

‘We will see step-by-step incremental benefit with lithium-ion batteries. We predict a 2-3% improvement year-by-year in lithium-ion battery improvement. I am still not happy with the weight, though.’

The company’s battery progress has improved considerably since then, however – meaning that the battery sports cars will be shown next year.

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What will happen to today’s Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman?

The current, mostly four-cylinder, 718 twins will have to soldier on until mid-decade in their current forms. Expect special editions and tweaks to keep the Boxster and Cayman selling until the advent of their electric successors.

Designs on the new Porsche 718 Cayman and Boxster successor

Porsche and Rimac: how future sports cars will be developed

Porsche’s investment in Rimac is a big deal for its future electrified cars and one of the reasons that the battery tech and motor know-how has advanced to pave the way for an electric Boxster and Cayman to launch.

While the start-up has had little to do with the Taycan, the first project to come from Stuttgart’s Croatian venture will be the electric Macan, then further development with the smaller sports car project.

The petrol flat-four boxer engined 718 Cayman and Boxster will give way to an all-electric version around 2023

Will the 911 also go electric?

Porsche execs understand that the time may come for a fully-electric 911, but they don’t want to go messing with a 60-year old icon just yet. Expect hybridisation options first, as the job of pioneering a fully electric Porsche sports car will fall to the 718 successor.

Lutz Meschke, deputy chairman of Porsche AG, said: ‘In the sports car segment we have to think about the pure electric car. With the 911 it will be a bit difficult, but for the 718 I think it could be a very good step for the future, on a completely new platform we can then discuss to share with other brands.’

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By Tim Pollard

Group digital editorial director, car news magnet, crafter of words