But Porsche isn’t quite ready to give up on combustion engines. It will maintain a three- powertrain strategy at least through this decade, Porsche Cars North America COO Joe Lawrence said.
“We are continuing to develop incredible internal combustion engine vehicles,” Lawrence said, pointing to updates to the 911 lineup. “At the same time, we are pursuing with abandon the move toward battery-electric, and in between, we have really impressive plug-in hybrids.”
718 Boxster: The midengine sports car, currently in its fourth generation, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. To mark the milestone, Porsche issued the limited edition 2021 Boxster 25 Years. The special production model is limited to 1,250 units worldwide. It is based on the 718 Boxster GTS 4.0 model and powered by a 394-hp naturally aspirated 4.0-liter six-cylinder boxer engine.
An electric version of the Boxster will be revealed in 2023 and could be based on a new electric architecture, although an on-sale date is unclear. The Boxster is also due for a redesign that year. All versions of the next-generation Boxster are expected to be electrified.
718 Cayman: The redesigned 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 arrived last year, powered by a 4.0-liter naturally aspirated six-cylinder boxer engine delivering 394 hp.
A track-focused variant of the Cayman GT4 is expected in the first half of 2022. The Cayman GT4 RS will be powered by a 4.0-liter flat-six that delivers about 500 hp, according to reports.
An electric version of the Cayman will be revealed in 2023 and is expected to be based on a new electric architecture, but Porsche hasn’t confirmed it for sale. The 718 Cayman is due for a redesign in the second quarter of 2023.