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Porsche’s first electric two-door sports car has been photographed testing in public ahead of its launch expected next year.

The first electric Porsche 718 Boxster – codenamed 983 – has been caught testing on public roads with less camouflage than prior sightings.

Much of the disguise used on previous 718 Boxster prototypes has been removed, though there is still camouflage over the front and rear of Porsche’s new sports car to hide its true design.

The headlights are in the same style as the larger Porsche Taycan electric four-door, with a quartet of LEDs within each, while at the rear the central battery charging port is visible, with a full-with rear light bar.

Porsche confirmed an electric version of the 718 – currently available in Boxster convertible and Cayman coupe forms – were on the way back in 2022. The Cayman version of the new 718 is yet to be spotted.

Due in arrive in showrooms in 2025, the existing petrol-powered 718 is set to remain on sale in some countries alongside the new electric model – though in Australia there will be a direct change-over.

Previewed by the 2021 Porsche Mission R concept, the electric 718 will reportedly place its batteries in the middle of the car – where the engine in the petrol model sits – for weight distribution similar to the outgoing model.

The Mission R concept used two electric motors to produce 500kW, fed by an 80kWh battery pack.

A ‘Qualifying’ mode upped power to 800kW for a 0-100km/h time of less than 2.5 seconds and top speed beyond 300km/h.

Traditionally, the 718 twins have offered less performance to prevent them from overshadowing the hero Porsche 911 sports car – which will remain petrol-powered beyond 2030 after a hybrid version is added to the range in the coming years.

The Boxster/Cayman is reportedly planned to offer a range of more than 400km and weigh around 1655kg. The current entry-level dual-clutch automatic Boxster, according to Porsche Cars Australia, weighs 1365kg.

With no details confirmed, reports have suggested around a 20 per cent premium for electric power over petrol versions.

Based on the current 718 Boxster starting price of $135,100 before on-road costs, this would equate to about $160,000, although prices may rise across the petrol line-up beforehand.

The German car maker is aiming for 80 per cent of its global sales to be electric by 2030, with European Union (EU) regulations to effectively ban the sale of new petrol or diesel-powered vehicles from 2035.

Porsche ended production of diesel models in 2018.

Other electric Porsches coming soon include a new Taycan – and electric Panamera – towards the end of the decade.

The electric Macan SUV was unveiled in January 2024 ahead of its planned arrival in Australian showrooms in the fourth quarter of this year (October to December).

At the same time, the petrol Macan will no longer be offered in Australia, making it electric only.

Porsche is expected to introduce an electric Cayenne large SUV in 2026, followed by a flagship seven-seat electric SUV – codenamed ‘K1’ – in 2027.

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