Porsche is preparing to enter the niche category of affordable-ish convertibles with the next-generation Porsche 718 Boxster EV. New photos have provided a detailed look at the interior and exterior of the upcoming electric vehicle.
The interior of the Boxster EV features a large, possibly curved, instrumentation display, along with a round steering wheel with physical buttons. The prototype shown in the photos indicates a battery charge of 53% and an estimated range of 125km. It’s important to note that the range estimate may be affected by aggressive driving on the Nurburgring Nordschleife, where the car was photographed.
The centre of the dashboard houses a wide touchscreen, a row of piano key-style buttons, rectangular air vents, and USB-C ports. The centre tunnel includes a piano black panel with readouts for the climate control system, rotary dial, flick switches, and capacitive touch buttons. The transmission is controlled by a large paddle behind the air conditioning system.
The exterior of the Boxster EV remains disguised with temporary plastic covers, but it appears to be a gentle evolution of the current third-generation Boxster. The headlights, front air intakes, and tail-lights are all hidden, but we can expect the headlights to be similar to those on the revised Taycan and a full-width lighting bar at the rear.
The Boxster EV is expected to have its batteries mounted in a vertical stack between the seats and the boot in order to maintain its mid-engine handling profile and keep the driver and passenger as close to the ground as possible.
Details about the Boxster EV’s drivetrain have not been released yet, but it is speculated that it may not feature the two-motor all-wheel drive layout commonly found in high-performance EVs. However, based on other Porsche electric prototypes such as the Mission R concept and the 718 Cayman GT4 ePerformance prototype, it is likely to have a powerful motor configuration with an oil cooling system for optimal performance on the track.
Porsche will continue to offer the existing petrol-powered 718 Boxster alongside the new EV model.