10 July 2024
The Porsche 718 Will No Longer Be Petrol-Powered From 2025

It’s a sad day for enthusiasts – Porsche’s petrol-powered 718 Boxster and Cayman will bow out in 2025.

We’ve all seen this coming, but now it’s official: the sun is setting on the petrol-powered Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman. Come mid-2025, these beloved mid-engined sports cars from Stuttgart will take their final bow.

It’s no secret that Porsche has been working on a fully electric replacement for its entry-level sports car. The company has confirmed it, and we’ve even spotted it testing, cheekily trying to deceive us with a fake exhaust pipe. But now, the automotive Grim Reaper’s date has been set for the current generation of the 718.

This revelation comes straight from Porsche’s production and logistics executive, Albrecht Reimold, in an interview with German publication Automobilwoche. Reimold stated, “Production of the current generation of 718 will run until mid-2025… In Zuffenhausen, we are already concentrating on the future electric 718.”

Across most of Europe, only the hardcore Cayman GT4 RS and 718 Spyder RS remain in the lineup, as the rest were axed due to noncompliance with EU cybersecurity rules. 

However, markets like the UK still have access to the full range, from the basic 296bhp, 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder to the naturally aspirated flat-six RS models. But come mid-2025, production on all of them will wind up.

While the shift to an all-electric replacement might feel like a gut punch to many fans, Reimold reassures that the new cars will still embody the Porsche spirit: “The 718 is predestined for electric drive. It will be a really fun car. I have already driven it.” 

Reimold also emphasised Porsche’s unwavering commitment to electric cars, even as other manufacturers tread cautiously amid fluctuating EV demand: “I also cannot understand why electromobility as a whole is currently being portrayed so negatively in the public debate. In terms of sustainability alone, for me personally, there is no way around electric drive.”

Despite the transition to electric, Porsche’s love for petrol-powered sports cars isn’t entirely extinguished, especially with ongoing explorations into synthetic fuels. But it looks like future petrol delights will wear the 911 badge rather than the 718.

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