New Panamera and Taycan to lead Porsche's EV future
Porsche is preparing to introduce a second generation of the wildly successful Porsche Taycan EV вЂ“ and it will be twinned with an electric version of the Porsche Panamera as part of a new вЂњelectrified luxuryвЂќ plan under which up to six electric models will be ushered in by the end of this decade.
Both new EVs are based on a sporting version of the Volkswagen GroupвЂ™s Scalable Systems Platform (SSP), which is being developed by Porsche.
The so-called SSP Sport structure adopts the backbone of the SSP architecture set to be used by other more volume-orientated electric Volkswagen Group models. However, it will be combined with what have been described to Autocar as вЂњPorsche-specific modulesвЂќ.
Among the key architectural developments being pushed by Porsche for the new SSP Sport platform is a low cabin floor, courtesy of a slimline battery pack, and rear footwells (or foot garages, as theyвЂ™re known at Porsche) similar to those of the J1 platform used by the existing Taycan.
These are also described as being crucial to providing the electric Panamera with packaging comparable with the current PanameraвЂ™s and a low centre of gravity for optimised dynamics.
The electric Panamera will be sold alongside todayвЂ™s combustion-engined and plug-in hybrid Panamera models, which are based on PorscheвЂ™s MSB platform. The engineering for the electric Panamera is twinned with that of the new Taycan, due out in 2027.
The Panamera EV is still in the infancy of development, but the suggestions are that it will have a wheelbase and overall length similar to those of the existing long-wheelbase Panamera sold in China (3100mm and 5199mm).