As pure electric powertrains become more mainstream, it’s almost time for electric vehicles to move into niche categories, such as affordable convertibles, with the next-generation Porsche 718 Boxster EV set to be one of the first to hit the market.
This isn’t the first time the Boxster EV’s exterior has been photographed ahead of its official reveal, but today’s photos give us our first detailed look at the car’s interior and its scattered displays.
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Due to covers and missing trim, we can’t see the style of the dashboard, but we can see the car’s large, possibly curved, instrument display. In front of this display is a round steering wheel with physical buttons on the spokes.
The instrument panel shows that this prototype has 53 percent battery charge remaining and an estimated range of 125 km.
Although the doubling of the number suggests the normal range of this vehicle, it is important to remember that this car was photographed on and around the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Every full-throttle lap on the famous race track significantly reduces the vehicle’s estimated range.
There’s a wide touchscreen in the center of the dashboard, including a row of five piano-key-style buttons, a row of rectangular vents, and a pair of USB-C ports.
Along the center tunnel is a piano black panel with indicators for the climate control system, as well as a rotary knob, four toggle switches and a group of capacitive touch buttons. Behind the air conditioning system is a large paddle to operate the transmission.
These latest photos reveal nothing new about the Boxster EV’s exterior and the overall shape appears to be a gentle evolution of today’s third-generation Boxster.
Important details like the shape of the headlights, the front air intakes and the taillights are all covered with makeshift plastic pieces. We assume the headlights will be similar to the type used on the facelifted model Taycanwhile a continuous light bar at the rear would be trendy.
We understand that the square plastic panel on the rear bumper just below the taillights hides the car’s charging port.
To maintain the vehicle’s mid-engine handling profile and keep the driver and front passenger seated as close to the ground as possible, the Boxster EV’s batteries are said to be mounted in a vertical stack between the seats and the trunk.
Details about the Boxster EV’s powertrain have yet to be revealed, but there’s a chance it will forego the dual-motor all-wheel drive system previously favored by high-performance electric vehicles.
That is, the 2021 Mission R concept had a 320 kW engine at the front and a 480 kW engine at the rear, delivering a total of 800 kW in qualifying mode or 500 kW in race mode.
Then there was 2022 718 Cayman GT4 ePerformance Prototype, which also featured a dual motor system, this time producing 735kW in the most powerful mode or a quieter 450kW for 30 minutes of full throttle driving.
Both vehicles had an oil cooling system for the engines and the battery so that performance did not decrease even during longer use on the racetrack.
Like the one to come Macan As an electric vehicle, Porsche will continue to offer the existing gasoline-powered 718 Boxster model alongside its electric relative.
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