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Porsche to electrify next 718 Cayman and Boxster: report

 
Zak Adkins
Journalist

Porsche will reportedly say goodbye to both the flat-four and flat-six engine in its 718 lineup with a choice to shift the two-door line to an electric platform.


German sports car specialist Porsche will reportedly move its 718 line to a fully-electric platform in next generation form – but the brand’s halo 911 will not follow suit.

It was a shock when the 718 platform removed the six-cylinder boxer engine, instead fitting it with a very WRX-sounding flat-four – before the six-pot option was restored by way of a 4.0 GTS grade – but the next shift in the 718’s future will be a much bigger change.

According to a report by Car and Driver, sources inside and out of Porsche have confirmed that the next Cayman coupe and Boxster cabriolet – which are both sold under 718 branding – will shift to fully-electric propulsion in 2025.

718 Boxster 3/4 view
The 718 Boxster/ Cayman GTS 4.0 both have a flat-six engine, but not for long.

Unlike the 911, which is likely to remain with a internal combustion engine until at least 2030, the 718 will be a fully battery-electric model. 

But what about a hybrid? Porsche has apparently wiped that idea and is determined to make the pure EV 718 work.

The Cayman and Boxster names are likely to remain, with the Boxster retaining its fabric roof instead of going for a fixed solution. If the Boxster was to go hardtop, it would make little sense to continue Cayman production. Offering both allows Porsche to target more customers who have different needs. 

Car and Driver says the entry level versions of the electric 718 will have a rear motor, however higher powered versions will use a front motor as well.

Porsche Mission R concept front
If you forget the wild aero, it is speculated this is close to what the next EV Cayman will look like.

If this does happen, it’ll be the first time in the company’s history that the Boxster and Cayman are available with all-wheel drive. 

Power figures are still up in the air but insider sources have said that power of higher spec 718’s will match or better the figures of the 911. 

Sources believe that the recently revealed Porsche Mission R concept will be a good indicator of what the next generation 718 will look like – although it will be much more dialed back from its hardcore race look.

The 718 is due to arrive on the market in late 2024, with a US release happening in 2025. 

Porsche Mission R concept front on
If the next-gen Cayman looked this mean, we would be very happy indeed.

What’s the current range like?

Porsche currently offers three different 718 models in Australia in both Boxster and Cayman body styles. 

The range opens with the ‘standard’ Boxster/ Cayman, which is fitted with a 220kW/380Nm turbocharged flat-four engine. 

Above the Cayman/Boxster sits the S, with an uprated 257kW/420Nm turbocharged flat-four While it won’t sound like any Porsche you’ve heard before, the S is incredibly capable and, no surprise, very well balanced with its low centre of gravity. 

718 Boxster interior
Enjoy the manual gearbox while it lasts, as the next-gen car is likely be a single speed auto.

The flat six recently returned to the 718 shape in the GTS 4.0 which received a 4.0-litre naturally-aspirated six-cylinder petrol engine producing 294kW of power and 420Nm of torque

Porsche 718 2021: prices in Australia

All prices exclude on-road costs.

  • 718 Cayman manual: $115,900
  • 718 Cayman PDK: $117,328
  • 718 Boxster manual: $118,700
  • 718 Boxster PDK: $120,128
  • 718 Cayman S manual: $139,500
  • 718 Cayman S PDK: $144,080
  • 718 Boxster S manual: $142,300
  • 718 Boxster S PDK: $146,880
  • 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 manual: $175,100
  • 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 PDK: $180,490
  • 718 Boxster GTS 4.0 manual: $177,900
  • 718 Boxster GTS 4.0 PDK: $183,290
  • 718 Boxster 25th Anniversary manual: $187,200
  • 718 Boxster 25th Anniversary PDK: $192,590