Report: Porsche 717 Coming – 300+ Miles, AWD, 4 Door All-Electric Car
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.
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. “
According to “insiders” familiar with the project, the 717 will have three levels of “e-power stages”
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.
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