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The end is nigh for petrol-powered 2024 Porsche Macan, Cayman and Boxster: Porsche Australia sets date to close order books for three models

Porsche's electric Macan is coming soon, and now there’s an end date for petrol orders.

Porsche Australia has set the date it will close the order books for petrol versions of its Macan SUV and Cayman and Boxster sports cars.

Porsche is preparing to launch the electric Porsche Macan at the end of the year and is in the final stages of developing an EV 718 Cayman and Boxster, and sales of their petrol predecessors are winding down.

In Australia, customers who want to get into a petrol-powered Porsche Macan already knew the end was near. Porsche previously flagged Q3 this year as a rough timeline - that date is now the end of May, with the Cayman and Boxster sports cars joining it.

“The final opportunity for customers to configure a Porsche Macan, 718 Boxster or 718 Cayman to their personal specification (ICE models) at an Official Porsche Centre is the end of May 2024,” a spokesperson for Porsche Australia told CarsGuide.

The launch for the electric Macan was already expected for the end of this year, and it seems Porsche is still on track with that deadline.

“Enquiry and order intake is already extremely high for the new all-electric Macan that will arrive in Australia towards the end of 2024.

“All Official Porsche Centres are actively encouraging customers to experience the Taycan to get a taste of the performance that a Porsche all-electric vehicle offers.”

The base 300kW/650Nm Porsche Macan Electric is set to be priced from $133,700 before on-roads, while the Macan Turbo Electric (with 470kW and 1130Nm) is priced from $180,100.

Porsche is preparing to launch the electric Porsche Macan at the end of the year.

The Macan in petrol guise currently starts from $93,800.

Porsche Cars Australia CEO and Managing Director Daniel Schmollinger told journalists at the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix in Melbourne that he believes the electric Macan will be an instant hit, based on the success of the Taycan amongst Porsche customers.

“...the success we saw with the Taycan over the last three years was actually outstanding,” he said, “it actually exceeded our expectations.”

“We reached roughly 10 per cent share within our model range with it, which is … from a global point of view, an outstanding result. And based on this we have strong beliefs that the Macan electric will follow this path and to be also very successful.”

The base 300kW/650Nm Porsche Macan Electric is set to be priced from 3,700 before on-roads, while the Macan Turbo Electric (with 470kW and 1130Nm) is priced from 0,100.

The Taycan’s sales performance in 2023 almost matched the iconic 911. Porsche sold 535 Taycans and 558 examples of the brand’s halo model. The Taycan also outsold the Boxster and Cayman combined (136 and 282 respectively).

The Macan is by far the most popular model for the Stuttgart-based brand, making up about half the brand’s 6052 sales last year with its 2925 units shifted.

Following the electric Macan, it’s expected the electric successors to the Cayman coupe and Boxster convertible will be shown and launched within the next year or two.

If test cars seen earlier this year mostly uncamouflaged are anything to go by, don’t expect Porsche to stray too far from the proven 718 formula for the electric twins.

Chris Thompson
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Racing video games, car-spotting on road trips, and helping wash the family VL Calais Turbo as a kid were all early indicators that an interest in cars would stay present in Chris’ life, but loading up his 1990 VW Golf GTI Mk2 and moving from hometown Brisbane to work in automotive publishing in Melbourne ensured cars would be a constant. With a few years as MOTOR Magazine’s first digital journalist under his belt, followed by a stint as a staff journalist for Wheels Magazine, Chris’ career already speaks to a passion for anything with four wheels, especially the 1989 Mazda MX-5 he currently owns. From spending entire weeks dissecting the dynamic abilities of sports cars to weighing up the practical options for car buyers from all walks of life, Chris’ love for writing and talking about cars means if you’ve got a motoring question, he can give you an answer.
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