Porsche reportedly developing electric version of 718 sports car

Porsche reportedly developing electric version of 718 sports car

Porsche, a German luxury automobile manufacturer specializing in high-performance sports cars and SUVs, is reportedly developing another electric sports car, dubbed the electric 718.

While the world-renowned sports car maker has no plans to produce an electric or hybrid version of the 911 two-door 2+2 high performance rear-engine sports car. This model will thus continue to run on gas for many coming years.

According to a report published recently in American automobile magazine Car & Driver, the Porsche 718 electric sports car will be offered in the soft-top Boxter and hard-top Cayman models. In styling, the 718 will be quite similar to the existing model but it will feature the company’s new “electric front” design. The Mission R concept, an electric car developed by Porsche Motorsport in partnership with Porsche Style design studio, provides a clue at what the electric 718 sports car will possibly look like.

As per the report, the German sports car maker will keep the weight of the all-electric 718 as low as 3,650 pounds. In such a case, the 718 will be almost equivalent to the lightest Model 3, viz. the Standard Range Plus.

Many of Porsche’s cars, such as the top models of the Taycan, weigh more than 5,000 pounds. Thus, keeping weight of the upcoming electric car low will be a notable achievement for the popular car brand.

The Car & Driver magazine report states that the Porsche 718 will be the most modern car from the German brand, but it will be priced in the area of the current 718. Entry-level version of the electric sports car will come equipped with a single rear motor, while range-topping versions will have dual motors.

The automotive magazine report explains, “Entry-level models will have a single rear motor and will be priced in the area of the current 718. Range-topping versions will sport dual motors, giving all-wheel drive traction to a 718 for the first time ever.”

It will be striking in terms of driving range as well. According to the report, the electric sports car will run at least 250 miles (roughly 402.3 km) on a single charge. While nothing has been revealed about power figures, the electric versions of the 718 will likely be similar to the 911 in horsepower. The 911 Carrera versions offer horsepower in the range of 379 hp to 640 hp.

Both, the all-electric 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman are expected to be launched sometime in 2024.