As promised, here is the test drive of the Porsche Boxster E, after one year of development, 3 prototypes have been built, two back wheel drive and one with four wheel drive.
Both cars presented at the Michelin Challenge Bibendum were the back wheel drive versions offering 122hp and 270Nm of torque for 1520kg (255hp and 290 Nm for the classic entry level Boxster) which is not really impressive (0 to 100kph in 9.8 seconds) but available from the first second, therefore, the acceleration is continuous, even after 100kph which gives the impression that it will never stop.
The engine sound simulator system is interesting and does not sound fake, even reaching high rpm, giving a nice "Porsche feeling", it does not scream but is distributed evenly inside and outside of the vehicle and will probably help to convince the skeptics and Porsche fans with a gradual weaning.
To save weight and ensure optimal performance, braking is assigned to carbon discs.
The car is based on the Boxster platform and equipped with the 997 front axle. The trunk is just a few centimeters smaller than the Boxster, the interior does not change much except specific meters on the dashboard, a Boxster E logo on the steering wheel and carbon fiber bucket seats.
Although it is only prototype we can not believe that Porsche is investing in the development of an in-house battery pack for fun ... Logic would therefore trigger that Porsche will build an electric sports car, eventhough we can’t be sure that it will be the Boxster, the product is achieved and already available in two variants ...
Interviewed, the project engineer is understating things but does not reveal anything in a clear statement and about the rumor on the use of KERS in the new generation of 911 response is, "Not to my knowledge but it would seem logical ..."