The Boxster is Porsche’s entry-level sports car. It may not carry the iconic name and history of the 911; however, it certainly played a very important role in keeping the company afloat through its toughest years. Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the company was struggling financially. In order to save the brand, Porsche came up with the Cayenne SUV and the more affordable Boxster. Since then, this is a vehicle that has been selling in good numbers; thus, providing the sports car company with the funding it needs to keep producing incredible machines. Even two decades later, the Boxster continues to be the success it was at the beginning; therefore, it would only make sense for it to become electrified. Official data from the manufacturer regarding the electric version have not been released yet, but we have plenty of spy photos to analyze. Let’s have a look.
The Current Model Is The Epitome Of Sports Cars
The Boxster is proof that big horsepower numbers aren’t important to have fun. A fun car offers a balance of everything, and this is exactly what the Boxster does. Even in base turbo four-cylinder form, the Boxster is a car you need to experience. It offers crisp handling, a superbly balanced chassis, and a good exhaust note. Drop the top down on a sunny Sunday morning through a mountain road and suddenly, nothing else matters. Power figures for the current model include the base 300 horsepower 2.0-liter turbo, a 350 horsepower 2.5-liter turbo, and the glorious 394 horsepower 4.0-liter flat-six. Paired to these engines is either a six-speed manual or the incredibly quick seven-speed PDK. It is safe to say that the current Boxster is an amazing sports car, and the electric version has its work cut out in order to match it.
An All-Electric Boxster Has Been Spied
Porsche hasn’t released any official pictures of an electric Boxster yet; however, an all-electric test vehicle has been spied on the road. Design-wise, the electric model is unmistakably still a Boxster. However, it has adopted some of Porsche's electric design ques. For example, the front end looks like a smaller version of what can be found on the Taycan. The headlights and aggressive hood lines bear a lot of resemblance to the company’s first EV. From the side, the vehicle is very similar to the current generation, but the passengers seem to be sitting more closely to the rear of the vehicle. Since there is no longer a need for an engine, the cabin can be placed exactly in the middle of the car which slightly affects its proportions.
The rear is surprisingly different from current Porsche models as it seems to be moving away from the current lightbar design. Instead, the test mule features traditional headlights on each side. The rest of the rear end raises some questions. The bumper looks similar to that of the 911 GT3 RS, but that could only be the case in this camouflaged version. Also, in the lower middle part, we can see an exhaust tip. In this instance, the exhaust tip may once again be there to further camouflage the electric test vehicle. Or, more excitingly, Porsche may be testing an exhaust system that will bring sound to electric vehicles. The latter is unlikely, but not impossible.
The Interior Will Remain Similar With Some Futuristic Touches
Sadly, we haven’t received any spy shots of the Boxster’s interior yet. However, according to previous electric vehicle trends, we can make some educated guesses. Inside the Boxster EV, you will probably get a design that is very similar to that of current Porsches. In the old days, the company was criticized for poor interiors, but new models perform exceptionally well in this area; therefore, major changes aren’t needed. What will change is perhaps the instrument cluster and the infotainment screen. We expect to see a digital cluster that could also incorporate a heads-up display. Also, a larger and more up-to-date infotainment screen will probably make its way into the vehicle. This will enable drivers to control the EV motors and most other car settings with ease. Lastly, the interior may grow in size. Since the Boxster will no longer have an engine right behind the cabin, engineers will probably have a bit more space to play with to add legroom and some additional storage room. This would be cool to see as it will make the Boxster more practical.
Powertrain Options Are Still Unknown
We currently do not have any official information regarding the powertrain. However, speculations have hit the web and some of them may actually be accurate. The Boxster will sit on its own unique platform with its batteries being placed behind the passengers (simulating a mid-engine design). Since the Boxster is a small vehicle that needs to remain lightweight, we expect the batteries to be smaller units that should be able to achieve a range figure of roughly 215 miles. Now, as far as power goes, the electric Boxster will be offered in a variety of trim levels that depending on price, will offer different power figures. The base model is expected to come in a single motor setup with roughly 350 horsepower while the top-of-the-line GTS will be a dual motor vehicle with upwards of 500 horsepower. Keep in mind that these numbers will be paired to the instant torque of electric motors and the light weight of the Boxster.
Porsche is one of the best manufacturers when it comes to developing driver’s cars. We are sure that when the Boxster is released, it will be one of the best driver’s EVs out there. However, whether the silent electric powertrain will be able to compete with the sole of the internal combustion engine is still unknown. All we can currently do is hope that Porsche engineers work their magic in this new style of vehicles.