Porsche exec suggests next-gen 718 could be AWD, electric

Once rumoured to be seeing a plug-in variant, it now looks like the Boxster and Cayman could go fully electric

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At the recent unveiling of its all-electric Taycan, Porsche announced that by 2025, half of all its models worldwide would have some form of electrification.

But we didn’t expect this one: according to hints from Top Gear, the next generation of the 718 Boxster and Cayman could be powered entirely by batteries.

“The 718 just fits EV, doesn’t it? The next generation of these cars would be a good time to go all-electric,” the magazine quotes Lutz Meschke, deputy chairman of the board.

Furthermore, Meschke replied to a question about all-wheel drive with “Yes, it needs to be, that makes sense,” even though the platform has forever been rear-wheel-driven, as the driving gods intended.

The automaker has been adding plug-in hybrid technology to its models for a while, of course, and along with unveiling the Mission E concept that prefaced the Taycan, Porsche took the wraps off the battery-powered Cayman E-volution concept car a couple of years back at an electric vehicle symposium in Stuttgart.

It basically looked like a stock Cayman with some green badges, but the company stressed that it was just another EV development project and wouldn’t go into production.

And of course the Taycan isn’t going to stand alone. A wagon version of it, the Taycan Cross Turismo, will come toward the end of 2020. After that, an all-electric Macan is expected to arrive in 2022. Meschke confirmed the current gas-powered Macan will initially be sold alongside it, but will be dropped after a couple of years.

The Cayenne and Panamera are also planned for full electricity, but so far, there’s been no word on replacing the dino-juice engine in the 911 for something that plugs into the wall. It seems even Porsche must realize that some things are sacred.

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