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2026 Porsche 718 Boxster EV sheds camo in newest spy pictures

Prototypes for the primary electrical sports activities automobile from Porsche have been noticed testing once more, this time near the Arctic Circle in northern Sweden.

The automobile is a redesigned 718 Boxster convertible, plans for which had been confirmed in 2022 by Porsche CEO Oliver Blume for launch round 2025. A market arrival within the U.S. ought to coincide with the 2026 mannequin 12 months. An electrical 718 Cayman coupe must also be within the pipeline.

The most recent prototypes have shed a variety of the camouflage gear used on earlier vehicles, with particulars similar to energetic shutters within the entrance fascia and the sunshine strip forming the taillights clearly seen. The exhaust vent on among the prototypes is to idiot onlookers, and it seems an energetic rear wing may sit alongside the vanguard of the rear deck. The sound from the automobile within the video from Automotive Spy Media contains the distinct whir of an electrical powertrain.

Whereas the proportions seem much like these of the present 718, the automobile appears wider general and decrease on the entrance. The headlights are additionally much like what’s discovered on the electrical 2024 Macan unveiled in January and the up to date 2025 Taycan unveiled simply final month. The design of the automobile was previewed by the Porsche Mission R idea that was unveiled in the course of the 2021 Munich auto present and in addition signaled Porsche’s intention to develop an electrical automobile for racing.

Porsche Mission R concept

Porsche Mission R idea

The electrical 718 is anticipated to supply the selection of rear- or all-wheel drive. The Mission R idea has a dual-motor all-wheel-drive system delivering 670 hp in a race mode and a short lived 1,073 hp in a mode designed for temporary qualifying runs. The idea additionally contains a single-speed transmission that, relying on the gear ratio fitted, permits for a prime pace of greater than 186 mph. Porsche’s 718 Cayman GT4 ePerformance race automobile prototype based mostly on the Mission R has two single-speed transmissions and is able to prime speeds that match present race vehicles.

Even at that decrease restrict of efficiency, the electrical 718 would step on the toes of the 911, particularly if Porsche achieves something near a rumored 3,650-pound most curb weight. To distinguish the 2 vehicles, the 911 will retain a gasoline engine for so long as rules permit. It is too early to speak vary, however the Mission R idea had an 80-kwh battery estimated to ship round 250 miles of vary.

A devoted EV platform is anticipated to underpin the electrical 718. More likely to be the identical one within the Mission R, the platform would thus home the batteries in a T-shape part filling the middle tunnel and the world behind the seats. Such a structure allows designers to maintain the peak of the automobile low whereas delivering weight distribution much like a mid-engine automobile. Maserati will do the identical for the upcoming electrical model of the MC20 supercar.

The swap to an EV platform means Porsche will not provide a gas-powered next-generation 718. Nonetheless, Porsche is anticipated to proceed providing the present 718 alongside the brand new electrical 718 for a interval, maybe with updates. The gas-powered Macan may also be offered alongside the brand new electrical Macan for an undisclosed period of time. Porsche might also do the identical with the present Cayenne after an electrical Cayenne is launched round 2026.

The accelerated development in demand for EVs within the premium sector has caught many automakers unexpectedly, together with Porsche. Solely lately the automaker predicted that half its lineup can be electrified (hybrids and EVs) by 2025, however now it is brazenly stating that half of the lineup will probably be made up of totally electrical vehicles by that date. Farther out, Porsche predicts that solely the 911 could have an internal-combustion engine by the point 2030 rolls round.

Porsche rolled out an electrical Boxster prototype as early as 2011. Known as the Boxster E, the prototype was developed purely for analysis functions and got here with a 29-kwh battery and a single electrical motor good for 240 hp.

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