Porsche Readying Tesla Model S Fighter

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Porsche Readying Tesla Model S Fighter

The world is definitely changing when you hear that Porsche is developing an all-electric car.

The German automaker is currently in the early stages of development for an EV that will target the Tesla Model S and will be a new dedicated fifth model range slotting beneath the existing Panamera. While details on Porsche’s first all-electric production vehicle are mostly being kept under wraps at the moment, it will likely be built on the automaker’s second-generation MSB platform that underpins the current Panamera.

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It will have a shorter wheelbase than the existing Panamera sedan but will be a five-door hatchback, similar in style to the Panamera Sport Turismo concept that debuted at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. The company is hoping to keep it around 4,825 lbs and its electric powertrain will provide similar performance as the Model S, though Tesla did just announced the more powerful all-wheel drive Model S P85D.

Porsche is aiming for a range of over 250 miles and the company is expected to work with Audi, which is in its final stages of preparing the R8 e-tron.

GALLERY: Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Concept

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[Source: Autocar]

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  • Mavi57

    Is in an early state of development….too late! It will be 2 or 3 years before this car is on the road. At what price? Range more then 250 miles? it better be. In 2 or 3 years and maybe sooner Tesla will have a range of 4 or 500 miles. The big companies are way too late with the development of a decent EV. Tesla is the king! Porshe, Audi and VW better adopt the Tesla supercharger protocol if they want to charge within reasonable time on the road.

  • wfraker

    Not bad looking. It’s got a Panamera front and a Macan back.

    While I agree with Mavi57 that Porsche will be late to the game, I find that the Tesla Model S drives poorly. Porsche will likely get the driving dynamics just right. Hopefully it won’t cost an arm and a leg more than Tesla though.