Cayman gets a virtual face-swap with the new Taycan.
Porsche has, at long last, revealed the Taycan, its first fully electric vehicle – but it won't be its last. That much you can take to the bank. The next model to get the batteries-only treatment could be the 718 Boxster/Cayman. And if the rumors turn out to be true, this is very well what it could end up looking like.
As realistic as these photos may look at first glance, they're actually renderings, produced by the prolific Kleber Silva, digitally superimposing design elements from the Taycan on the Cayman. And we're not quite sure what to make of the visual result.
Silva's digital transformation is all well and fine, but we're not particularly enamored by the new Taycan's headlight treatment, and don't particularly care for the visual of its superimposition on one of our favorite little mid-engined sports cars. The clean design of the tail looks pretty good to our eyes, though, and the EV's white-rimmed wheels fill the Cayman's wells rather... well, well.
Aesthetics aside, though, the 718's transition to electric power may be inevitable. Porsche has, after all, been steadily "environmentalizing" the 718's engines of late, from the naturally aspirated boxer sixes in the first three iterations to the smaller turbo fours in the latest.
Electric motors could prove the next logical step as EVs edge in from the fringes of the automotive industry closer and closer to the mainstream. And the idea of a battery-powered Boxster or Cayman to take on the forthcoming new Tesla Roadster doesn't seem like such a bad idea, especially when you consider the instant torque delivery that electric motors bring.
If and when that day comes, though, it'd more likely take the form of an all-new model, engineered from the ground up to accommodate electric motors and batteries instead of shoehorning them in where an internal-combustion engine would be.