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 |  May 24 2011, 7:50 AM

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At the annual Michelin Challenge Bibendum sustainable mobility event in Berlin, Germany Porsche showed off its new Boxster E prototypes which continue to undergo testing as the sports car maker examines the future of emissions free driving fun.

In total, Porsche had three Boxster E models which weren’t just on display, but were available (to a select few) to be driven around a course. While two of the prototypes feature a traditional Boxster rear-drive layout Porsche has also built an electric AWD version.

The rear-drive models make 90 kW and 270 Nm of torque (roughly 121-hp and 199 lb-ft), delivering a 0-62 mph time of 9.8 seconds and a top speed of 93 mph. As for the two engine AWD model, it delivers double at 180 kW and 540 Nm of torque (roughly 241-hp and 398 lb-ft), enabling a 0-62 mph time of 5.5 seconds and a top speed 124-mph. Porsche claims this model delivers driving performance on par with the current Boxster S model with weight listed as 3,527 lbs.

Using brake energy regeneration, the Boxster E also features steering wheel mounted buttons that let the driver control the level of energy regeneration via an electronic engine brake.

Using a lithium-iron-phosphate battery, Porsche claims a range of 107 miles in the Boxster E with a 9 hour charge time though a conventional household outlet.

Inside, the car doesn’t have a clutch pedal, shifter or rev counter, but instead features an E-Power meter on the dash. There’s also a TFT display screen with information regarding the remaining range as well as how many more miles can be achieved by switching off things like the air conditioning.

Focusing on the production feasibility of the cars, Porsche says the Boxster E retains all the standard car’s safety features and even the normal amount of luggage space, despite the addition of the electric components. In a release, Porsche was also eager to point out how well received the cars were by potential customers, indicating a production model is likely not far off.

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