Porsche Kills Two More Models Due to Cybersecurity Regulations | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware

Porsche is killing two more models because they are unable to comply with the new European Union regulations regarding cybersecurity. The platform that the 718 Cayman and Boxster sit on is vulnerable in front of hackers. The two will follow in the footsteps of the Macan, which has gone electric.

The two Porsche models feature connectivity that poses cybersecurity threats as hackers can break into their encrypted lines of code. The fourth-generation 718 Cayman and Boxster, on the market since 2016, do not comply with UN Regulation 155, which imposes strict cybersecurity standards in order to prevent malicious activity and personal data theft.

To blame for this is their aging electric architecture. Developing a new one would not be cost-efficient. None of the two models can currently be configured in Europe, more than three months before the regulation goes into effect. However, those who want to take one home can choose a model from the inventory.

In a statement for Motor1, Porsche confirmed that the 718 with an internal combustion engine is discontinued in the EU and some states that apply EU legislation because they will no longer be eligible for new registration after the beginning of July 2024.

The automaker also informs owners that the move does not mean that older vehicles are not secure, as Porsche regularly checks the cybersecurity of its products via a publicly accessible interface.

However, the limited-run Cayman GT4 RS and Baxter RS Spyder are exempt from the regulation. Both Porsche 718 Cayman and Boxster will live on in markets that do not apply EU regulations.

The next generation of the Porsche 718 should arrive sometime in 2025 as a full EV.

Porsche has already decided to kill the ICE-powered Macan

The new regulation has already forced Porsche to kill the Macan with an internal combustion engine before July 2024, ten years after it entered series production at the Leipzig plant in Germany.

Retiring the petrol and diesel Macan is surely going to hurt Porsche. The crossover has been Porsche’s best-selling model for years. Last year, the Macan broke a new record, delivering 26,947 units in the US alone and 20,117 units in Europe, outselling every single model in the automaker’s lineup. A total of 87,355 were sold last year worldwide.

Underpinned by the MLB B/C platform, the ICE-powered Macan sits on a decade-old architecture, which is indeed vulnerable to ever-advancing hacking techniques.

However, the arrival of the all-new Macan EV is going to compensate for the loss. Porsche will roll out the 4 Electric with 402 horsepower (408 metric horsepower), which starts at $78,800 in the United States, as an entry-level version.

The range-topping Turbo Electric comes with 576 horsepower (584 metric horsepower) or 630 horsepower (639 metric horsepower) on overboost. The latter kicks off at $105,300.


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