New 2023 Porsche 718 Cayman and Boxster: from flat-fours to full electric

Published: 01 November 2019

► Our rendering of new e-718
► Cayman/Boxster goes electric
► Latest on battery sports car plan

Porsche isn't hanging around with its electrification strategy. While the world's attention is firmly upon the Taycan, Stuttgart's first full production electric vehicle (EV), its engineers are busily working on a more affordable battery-powered model.

The replacements for the entry-level 718 Boxster and Cayman twins will be all-electric, underlining how serious Zuffenhausen is about jumping onboard the electric battlebus. Our intel suggests the following specs:

  • Powertrain  Twin electric motors, rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Output  System total 400bhp
  • Chassis  Aluminium monocoque
  • Due on sale  2023

The current, mostly four-cylinder 718 twins will have to soldier on until 2023 in their current, perhaps facelifted forms. Read on for our full scoop dossier on the new all-electric sports car being worked up by Porsche - and illustrated in our exclusive artist's impression by Andrei Avarvarii above.

Designs on the new Porsche 718 Cayman and Boxster successor

The company has already indicated that their successors will be electrified and CAR magazine's intel suggests that the e-sports cars will have to share componentry with the wider group, with an Audi TTE and the rebirth of the Lamborghini Uracco mooted.

Porsche and Rimac: how future sports cars will be developed

Porsche’s investment in Rimac is a big deal for its future electrified cars. 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 small sports car project.

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

The plan is still in its early stages, but engineers only have a few months left to present something to Porsche’s execs. Chief executive officer Oliver Blume has told CAR that the brand has 12 months to either ‘go right or go left’ with regards to the future of the sub-911 sports car.

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 70-year old icon just yet. Instead, the 992.2 mid-life facelift will include a hybrid option like the Panamera and Cayenne; the platform has been engineered to take an electrified powertrain ahead of time.

But 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 Georg Kacher and Jake Groves

European editor, secrets uncoverer, futurist, first man behind any wheel