Porsche is definitely working on a pure electric sport sedan, and details of the company’s plans are beginning to trickle out. In January, unnamed sources told the German magazine auto motor und sport that Porsche had dropped plans for gas and diesel versions of its Pajun (Panamera Junior) sedan, and that it would go on sale in 2018 or 2019 as an EV with a range of 350-400 km (217-248 miles).
This week, the British auto mag CAR revealed a few more details of what now seems to be called the Porsche 717. The new EV is being developed on the Volkswagen Group’s latest MSB architecture, which is under development for the Panamera Mk2 and Bentley Continental. It’s expected to be a four-door four-seater that’s smaller than the Panamera and looks something like the 911.
According to CAR, the 717’s low H-point and sports car stance will call for a “topologic” battery, shaped like a mountain range with a peak in the center tunnel, a pair of tall bulkhead walls and smaller sections in the sills, footwell and overhangs. The pack will have 108 battery pouches.
The 717 will have one electric motor per axle, with either steel springs or an electrically-controlled air suspension system, and will feature 4WD, four-wheel torque vectoring and four-wheel steering.
According to “an insider,” the engineering concept calls for three different power options, rated at 400, 500 and 600 bhp, and a range target of over 300 miles. The Volkswagen Group is also said to be working with US supplier QuantumScape to develop a new induction charging system.
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