The Porsche 717 Reported To Be Developed on The New Panamera MK2 Architecture - More Compact Than Today's Panamera, Styled 911-Like

The Porsche 717 Reported To Be Developed on The New Panamera MK2 Architecture - More Compact Than Today's Panamera, Styled 911-Like

Porsche has long been reported as working on a project to take the plug-in world by storm. But how does a plug-in AWD sedan with up to 600 hp and more than 300 miles of range sound?

It sounds a lot like the Tesla Model S to us.

Report: New AWD, Electric Supercar Sedan From Porsche Arrives By 2019

Report: New AWD, Electric Supercar Sedan From Porsche Arrives By 2019

CAR reports that Volkswagen work on the MSB architecture, which is currently under development for the Panamera Mk2, currently also includes the Porsche 717 (provisionally names),  an all-electric supercar sedan.

CAR offers some specific details on the unconventional battery configuration found inside the car.

"Instead of a single, square-mattress-shaped energy cell which is relatively easy to cool and to connect, the battery arrangement proposed for the 717 looks more like a mountain range with the centre tunnel acting as peak ridge, with a pair of tall bulkhead walls and smaller agglomerations in the sills, the footwell and the overhangs. 

In total, a reported 108 battery pouches need to be accommodated by the body-in-white. All 717 models will feature 4wd, four-wheel torque vectoring and four-wheel steering. As a rule, there is one electric motor per axle which will either be steel-sprung or feature an electrically-controlled air suspension system. "

The Porsche Cayenne S e-Hybrid, Priced From $76,400 In The US

The Porsche Cayenne S e-Hybrid, Priced From $76,400 In The US

Porsche Is Currently Building Out The Plug-In 918 Spyder

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According to "insiders" familiar with the project, the 717 will have three levels of "e-power stages"

  • 400hp
  • 500hp
  • 600hp
The Porsche lineup already features three plug-in vehicles in production today, the Panamera S e-Hybrid, the Cayenne S e-Hybrid and supercar 918 - so the company's EV cred is well established.

The 717 is said to take design clues from the 911, but will be more compact than today's Panamera, and will also feature a new inductive charge system.  The pure electric Porsche reportedly has a provisional release date of "early" 2019.

CAR Magazine, Hat tip to George R!