Plans for Porsche’s new electric sports car are hotting up.
The Taycan is just the start of Porsche's electric revolution. Porsche's deputy chairman, Lutz Meschke, recently admitted that Porsche is considering turning the next-generation 718 Cayman into the automaker's first fully electric sports car as a more affordable alternative to the Taycan. And now Car Magazine claims to know the proposed specifications of Porsche's new electric sports car.
According to the publication, the all-electric Porsche 718 Cayman will utilize two electric motors to deliver rear- or all-wheel drive and a combined output of 400 horsepower. For comparison, the current Cayman base model is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-4 engine that produces 300 hp and 280 lb-ft.
Based on Car Magazine's report, the electric Cayman will be more powerful than the current GTS, which has 365 hp and 309 lb-ft of torque, but less powerful than the range-topping GT4, which develops 414 hp and 309 lb-ft. The electric Cayman will be built on an aluminum monocoque chassis to keep the weight down and go on sale in 2023.
Porsche's new electric sports car will share components with the upcoming Audi TTE and a reborn version of the Lamborghini Uracco 2+2 coupe sold in the 1970s. Rimac will also collaborate with the development of the electric Cayman as well as the electric Macan, which isn't surprising considering Porsche recently increased its stake in the Croatian EV company to 15.5 percent.
The electric Porsche Cayman hasn't been given the green light yet, however, but engineers will be presenting their proposal in the next few months. Chief Executive Officer Oliver Blume told the publication Porsche has 12 months to either "go right or go left" with the future of the entry-level sports car.
Don't expect a fully electric Porsche 911 any time soon though, as Porsche deputy chairman, Lutz Meschke, believes it will be too difficult. "In the sports car segment, we have to think about the pure electric car. With the 911 it will be a bit difficult, but for the 718 I think it could be a very good step for the future, on a completely new platform we can then discuss to share with other brands," said Meschke.