2025 Porsche 718 Electric Sports Car Spied With Abysmally Poor Driving Range

Both the open-top Boxster and fastback coupe-bodied Cayman are going the way of the dodo in 2024. Zuffenhausen's favorite son is replacing the 718 series with all-electric sports cars, which are due to arrive in dealer showrooms as 2025 models.
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Pictured near and on the Nurburgring, the Boxster prototype in the main photo and gallery is rocking a faux exhaust finisher on its rear bumper. We can further notice mismatched wheels, black-painted brake calipers that squeeze on drilled brake rotors, a set of low-profile rubber boots, what seem to be active vents in the front bumper, and a black soft top.

The carparazzi also caught a glimpse of the interior, which is dominated by the landscape infotainment system's touchscreen and the digital instrument cluster. The center console incorporates a small display for the HVAC system, a couple of USB Type-C ports, the gear selector, and a few more buttons.

Spied with 53 percent left in the high-voltage battery, the 718 Boxster EV shows a driving range estimate of 125 kilometers (make that nearly 78 miles). In other words, you'll be lucky to squeeze out 250 kilometers (just over 155 miles) from the upcoming zero-emission sports car if you really give it the beans on the world's most demanding racing circuit.

Bear in mind that we're looking at a prototype rather than the real thing. This fellow could very well pack a smaller-than-intended battery, and Porsche may have yet to fine-tune its drivetrain for efficiency. What's more, the ambient temperature is listed by the car's sensor as 16.5 degrees Celsius (or 61.7 degrees Fahrenheit), which isn't great for an EV either.

Believed to launch with a rear-mounted electric motor, the all-electric 718 series could also be offered with a dual-motor option at some point in the future. Built around a dedicated platform with bits and bobs from the Premium Platform Electric of the Macan EV and Audi Q6 e-tron, the 718 isn't as sacrosanct as the 911. That's why Porsche decided to electrify it first, whereas the Neunelfer will continue with internal combustion drivetrains for as long as possible.

Be that as it may, the 911 is also preparing for a fair bit of hybrid assistance. Porsche's quintessential sports car couldn't weasel its way out of it because of emissions regulations (Euro 7 coming into effect in 2025) and the constant pursuit of performance.

With the M5 going plug-in hybrid and the most powerful BMW of the bunch (XM Label Red) being a plug-in hybrid as well, it's only natural for the Neunelfer to go hybrid as well. The Turbo S currently delivers 641 hp and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) without any assistance. For the 992.2 facelift, it will either get 700 ps (690 horsepower) or a little bit more than that.

As for the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman with all-electric muscle, what kind of power levels can we look forward to? Conservatively speaking, a little over 300 horsepower if the all-electric sports cars receive one of the Macan EV's electric motors. The PPE-based Macan EV has been confirmed with two motors and up to 612 ps (603 hp) under its belt.
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