"Next-gen Porsche 718 might go full electric" says Porsche CEO
But thankfully the T and the GT4 models will continue
The beloved Cayman and the Boxster might go fully electric, according to the Porsche CEO Oliver Blume. When considering the fact that Porsche already released the fully electric Taycan and the fully electric Macan is confirmed for release in 2021, it is not surprising for the 718 to go electric. Blume states, “In all our segments – saloons, SUVs and two-door sports cars – we are looking at having combustion, hybrid and electric.”
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When looking at Porsche’s current lineup, all the lineup has a nice divide of the three. In the saloon lineup, the Panamera accounts for the combustion and the hybrid cars, while the newly released Taycan covers the electric part of it. In the SUV lineup, the Cayenne includes the combustion and the hybrid section. Although the Macan is currently only provided with a V6(or an I4 in the Chinese market), but is expected to go fully electric by 2021.
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Then, how does it work with Porsche’s sports car lineup? Blume states, “We have said the next 911 will add a hybrid version. That will be the highest-performance 911 of all. So it won’t have the extra weight of batteries, it will be a non-plug-in hybrid. We have the experience to do that – look at the racing 919.” It seems that Porsche is rather controversial about changing the 911 to a fully electric one since the model’s flat-six has been loved for more than 50 years.
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Then instead of an EV 911, will it be an electric 718 that we will be getting? Blume comments, “We have to do a next-generation of the 718. It could be electric. We have to decide in the next 12 months, because of the lifecycle of the 718.” Still, we will not be seeing an electric Porsche sports car until 2024 as it usually takes about 3 years for a totally new generation car to be developed and released.
Thankfully, despite the threat of the flat-four disappearing, the T and the GT4 models will be continued, and of course, with a manual transmission confirms the CEO. Although we might not be able to hear the boxer rumble in most 718s anymore, the essence of the light, simple, fun car will continue.
At the end of the day...
Although purists might disagree, I am not actually worried about an electric 718. Porsche has been focusing on hybrid and electric technology since the early 20th century, and even the first “Porsche”, the P1 is powered by a single electric motor. And when we see Porsche nailing the EV market with the new Taycan and focusing on Formula E with their innovative 99X, it is obvious that Porsche will continue to surprise us with their electric sports car.