Think Porsche and you’ll conjure up not only an image of the 911, but the iconic sound associated with the air cooled engine. Sure, they’re now water cooled, but the sound still remains a head turner for even the smallest of Porsche fans.
So with some disappointment we introduce to you the all new, fully electric Boxster, the e-Boxster – we can only assume it won’t include anything but a whisper of a noise. Yes, the name is rather uninspired, much like the design team behind the 911, but keep in mind that it’s in the prototype stage and only 3 of these cars exist.
They were unveiled yesterday in Stuttgart, Germany and are part of test program, a sort of rolling laboratory to gauge how Porsche can further develop less fossil fuel dependent vehicles. Volkswagen, which now runs Porsche, has provided the twin electric motors that produce 240 horsepower of power to the rear wheels. There is no official word on performance, but it’s theorized that it should be comparable to that of the currently available petrol Boxster.
We don’t expect to see these go into production, and if anything they’ll roll them out into a test program much like the e-Mini. However, the Tesla S is not too far off and there are a number of other electric vehicles on the horizon.