Porsche 718 Continues to Thrive in US Market Amidst EU Departure

Porsche 718 Continues to Thrive in US Market Amidst EU Departure

Pink Porsche 718 vehicle on a dark grey background parked at an angle

The discontinuation of the Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman models in the European Union market stems from the implementation of new cybersecurity regulations, rather than the commonly assumed factor of emissions standards. However, EU Porsche consumers get revel in the fact that the popular GT4RS will still be available for the time being. These regulations, slated to take effect in July 2024, mandate stringent cybersecurity measures in vehicles, ensuring their resilience against potential cyber threats. Unfortunately, the existing electrical architecture of the 718 models doesn’t meet the updated standards outlined in the General Safety Regulation of the European Union, thus rendering them ineligible for new registrations in the EU after the specified date. Oliver Hilger, a spokesperson for Porsche 718, clarified that while the older models aren’t inherently insecure, they lack the necessary processes required by UN ECE R 155, which weren’t accounted for during the development phase of the 718 platform.

Porsche GT4RS driving fast passing a mountain
718 GT4RS models will still be available in EU market, despite discontinuation of Cayman & Boxster
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For enthusiasts outside the EU, particularly in the United States, the availability of the 718 Boxster and Cayman models provides continued access to Porsche’s acclaimed lineup of sports cars. This ongoing availability ensures that consumers in these markets can still experience the performance, craftsmanship, and driving pleasure synonymous with the Porsche brand.

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As cars become more integrated with digital technologies, they become vulnerable to cyber threats, ranging from data breaches to remote control manipulation. By enforcing stringent cybersecurity regulations, the EU aims to enhance the safety and security of vehicles on its roads, safeguarding both drivers and their personal information from potential cyberattacks.

Red vehicle being worked on on an assembly line by a man in uniform
With production on the 718 models pausing for the formidable future in the EU, perhaps existing models will find an increase in popularity & price.
Source: Porsche

Despite their discontinuation in the European Union, the Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman models will continue to be available in other markets, including the United States. While the stringent cybersecurity regulations in the EU necessitate the withdrawal of these models from the region, other countries with differing regulatory frameworks will still have access to the 718 lineup.

Two vehicles one grey and one purple driving next to one another at night

The Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman, iconic sports cars from the renowned German automaker, feature turbocharged flat-four engines with power outputs ranging from 300 to 365 horsepower and torque figures from 280 to 309 lb-ft. Acceleration times for both models typically range in the low-to-mid 4-second range for the 0 to 60 mph sprint, with top speeds exceeding 170 mph. With aerodynamic designs, balanced chassis, and mid-engine layouts, both the 718 Boxster and Cayman deliver exceptional handling and precise steering, making them thrilling to drive on city streets and winding roads.

Purple GT4RS driving on a racetrack
GT4RS is safe in EU, for now…
Source: Porsche

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