Porsche may launch electric coupe and convertibleMarch 7, 2021
Ever since the Mission E Cross Turismo debuted at the Geneva Motor Show three years ago, many have asked Porsche for another version of the Sport Turismo. Rumors suggest this could happen.
While one of the top executives declined to confirm the development of the Taycan Sport Turismo, he admitted that the dedicated electric J1 platform shared with the Audi E-Tron GT is “perfect for future ancillary products and we think in different directions.” Don’t be surprised if that happens, given that the transition from Cross to Sport won’t be that difficult. In the end, all that remains for Porsche is to remove the body and lower the suspension to sedan level.
It was also mentioned that the architecture was designed for the Taycan convertible, but Porsche is not sure if such a model has a strong business case. Convertible demand has dropped dramatically over the past couple of decades, and electric cars will be even harder to sell as huge premium electric vehicles continue to dominate combustion-powered cars. The multiple delay in the release of the second generation Tesla Roadster is a sign that the market is not yet ready for mass production of the electric convertible.
Another possible modification of the expanding Taycan family is the coupe. Porsche has been pondering the idea of making the two-door Panamera a modern 928 model for many years, but it never materialized. It would be nice to see an electric coupe, especially if it’s smaller and lighter than a sedan and station wagon.
Before the potential expansion of the Taycan range, Porsche is putting the finishing touches on the next-generation Macan, which will be offered as an electric vehicle. At the same time, it will not be based on the J1 platform – the model is assembled on the PPE “cart”, which the developers from Zuffenhausen create together with Audi. It should go on sale in 2022 alongside the Q5 E-Tron. And later, the appearance of an electric version of the Cayenne is not excluded.
The all-electric versions of the Boxster / Cayman and 911 aren’t coming soon, but it has already been confirmed that the latter will sooner or later get a hybrid setup. Porsche has previously said that power and performance will take precedence over efficiency in an electrified 911, but has acknowledged that the added weight caused by the batteries is a major issue during the development phase.
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