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Porsche Confirms The End Of The Gas-Powered Cayman & Boxster

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Porsche has officially announced the discontinuation of the internal combustion engine 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster by the end of 2025. This move has been anticipated for a while as a transition towards the new electric versions of the 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster. The reaction to this news varies from concern to excitement.

In Europe, where stringent electric vehicle regulations have been implemented, sales of the current Cayman, Boxster, and gas-powered Macans have already ceased for several months. The production of the remaining units for other regions, particularly the U.S., will continue until mid-2025.

The Last of the First

At present, the 718 series is the only Porsche model that has not yet been hybridized or electrified. Even the Porsche 911 will soon incorporate a hybrid powertrain in its upcoming models. Details about the new 718 Cayman EV are limited, and most available information is speculative. However, the next few months will be the final opportunity to order the possibly last gas-powered Cayman or Boxster.

There is a possibility that a non-electric Cayman or Boxster may still be introduced in the future, possibly with a hybrid powertrain for special variants. While some sources claim that there will be no more gas-powered Caymans and Boxsters, Porsche has not completely ruled out the inclusion of a non-EV powertrain from another platform, especially for potential RS models. This allows room for speculation and anticipation among fans.

Past Performance: The Best Indicator of Future Performance

Albrecht Reimold, Porsche’s Production Manager, recently mentioned driving the prototype 718 EV and described it as a “real fun car”. Porsche, known for delivering on promises, has a solid track record with its first electric vehicle, the Porsche Taycan, which has set the standard for their EV lineup. While the 718 series will not be the first fully-electric Porsche models (preceded by the Taycan and the new Macan EV), it will mark a significant step as the brand’s first electric sports car, paving the way for future electric coupes and convertibles.

Porsche’s commitment to its electrification strategy remains strong, with plans to proceed with electric options. While Porsche is moving forward with electric models, there may still be opportunities to incorporate combustion engines in some capacity for select models. Porsche continues to explore various options for the future of its lineup.

The eFuels initiative aims to support gas-powered engines as a key element in promoting a more environmentally friendly future, rather than just offering an alternative fuel source. The movement focuses on the importance of maintaining these engines in the green energy equation.

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