Porsche Taycan is a Tesla Killer

Doris Richards
June 13, 2018

Porsche also haven't ruled out selling an entry-level rear-wheel-drive variant later on down the track.

The first signal from Porsche that it was to build a fully electric auto came in 2015 when it showed off the Mission E concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Although it's not due for reveal until 2019, ahead of arriving in showrooms in 2020, Porsche has already racked up thousands of test miles in mules that appear to be further advanced than regular cars at this stage of their development process.

Porsche is the latest in a long line of companies that decided to make an extra buck by charging monthly fees to people in need of information about their electric vehicles.

The concept is essentially a modern 911 that's been given a speedster-style retro makeover.

The 911 Speedster Concept aims to combine the aesthetics of the brand's very first auto - the 356 "No. 1" Roadster - and its vehicles of today. According to Luxury Launches, the body of the concept comes from the Carrera 4 Cabriolet, but there are a few changes: the windscreen is shorter and steeply raked and the standard wings and hood has been replaced with carbon-fiber replacements.

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The 911 Speedster will have a lightweight tonneau cover rather than a convertible top, while other weight-reduction measures include the removal of the satnav, audio and air con systems.

The fuel cap is positioned in the front trunk lid, while the wing mirrors are styled in a retro Talbot design, and the headlights are even given an "X" motif to represent the taped-up lights of early motorsport. This attractive machine finds the Speedster revamped into a 911-based concept for Porsche's 70th anniversary. The 21-inch centre-locking wheels are created to look like old Fuchs and the side mirrors look like they have been picked straight out of the 365 Speedster.

There's a six-cylinder flat engine, which generates more than 370kW and will rev out to 9000rpm.

It's mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

If it gets the green light, it likely won't appear until next year.


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