Porsche's Greenest Buyers Might Get a Chance to Go Partially Topless: Report

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
porsches greenest buyers might get a chance to go partially topless report

Porsche’s Taycan, a slinky electric sedan that used to carry the Mission E moniker, is only a starting point for the German performance brand. Several EVs are sure to follow that model’s 2019 debut, a couple of which saw light shed on them last week.

For the Taycan, it seems Porsche has plans to instill a little 911-themed heritage into its green car flag-bearer, starting with the car’s roof.

According to Autocar, Porsche has a targa variant in mind. While the word brings to mind the most famous targa of all, there’s no chance of seeing the same sort of electromechanical dance a 911 Targa 4 driver experiences if the Taycan stays in its present sedan form.

Looking at spy photos of the Taycan, the vehicle’s twin roof bulges — which start at the trailing edge of the windshield — would pose a problem for Porsche designers and engineers, and that’s just the start of it. If the brand goes ahead with a two-door bodystyle, the wheelbase would first need shortening. While a targa variant would be an easy thing to accomplish after that point, the move would handicap battery capacity.

Regardless, Autocar claims the variant is being readied for a 2020/2021 debut. A sport wagon version, previewed by this spring’s Mission E Cross Turismo concept, also seems likely, based on remarks made last week by Porsche finance director Lutz Meschke. However, Meschke had his sights on a bigger product: an electric SUV, which premium German automakers suddenly can’t be without.

“You can expect a SUV BEV [battery-electric vehicle] by 2022 at the latest,” he told a crowd of journalists in Germany. Meschke didn’t elaborate on where the vehicle would come from or where it would fit in the lineup. Porsche and Audi have a joint dedicated electric platform (PPE) due to arrive in 2021, so it’s possible the model won’t be an electric version of an existing model.

The finance boss wasn’t done throwing out morsels to his hungry audience. On the lower end of the lineup, “the Boxster and Cayman could be suitable for electrification,” he added. All Porsche models stand to receive some form of electrification by 2023, part of parent Volkswagen Group’s pledge to greenify its offerings.

As for the Taycan, the automaker revealed earlier this year that the production vehicle will boast an electric motor front and rear, all-wheel drive, and a combined 600 horsepower.

[Images: Porsche]

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  • Nrd515 I bought an '88 S10 Blazer with the 4.3. We had it 4 years and put just about 48K on it with a bunch of trips to Nebraska and S. Dakota to see relatives. It had a couple of minor issues when new, a piece of trim fell off the first day, and it had a seriously big oil leak soon after we got it. The amazinly tiny starter failed at about 40K, it was fixed under some sort of secret warranty and we got a new Silverado as a loaner. Other than that, and a couple of tires that blew when I ran over some junk on the road, it was a rock. I hated the dash instrumentation, and being built like a gorilla, it was about an inch and a half too narrow for my giant shoulders, but it drove fine, and was my second most trouble free vehicle ever, only beaten by my '82 K5 Blazer, which had zero issues for nearly 50K miles. We sold the S10 to a friend, who had it over 20 years and over 400,000 miles on the original short block! It had a couple of transmissions, a couple of valve jobs, a rear end rebuild at 300K, was stolen and vandalized twice, cut open like a tin can when a diabetic truck driver passed out(We were all impressed at the lack of rust inside the rear quarters at almost 10 years old, and it just went on and on. Ziebart did a good job on that Blazer. All three of his sons learned to drive in it, and it was only sent to the boneyard when the area above the windshield had rusted to the point it was like taking a shower when it rained. He now has a Jeep that he's put a ton of money into. He says he misses the S10's reliablity a lot these days, the Jeep is in the shop a lot.
  • Jeff S Most densely populated areas have emission testing and removing catalytic converters and altering pollution devices will cause your vehicle to fail emission testing which could effect renewing license plates. In less populated areas where emission testing is not done there would probably not be any legal consequences and the converter could either be removed or gutted both without having to buy specific parts for bypassing emissions. Tampering with emission systems would make it harder to resell a vehicle but if you plan on keeping the vehicle and literally running it till the wheels fall off there is not much that can be done if there is no emission testing. I did have a cat removed on a car long before mandatory emission testing and it did get better mpgs and it ran better. Also had a cat gutted on my S-10 which was close to 20 years old which increased performance and efficiency but that was in a state that did not require emission testing just that reformulated gas be sold during the Summer months. I would probably not do it again because after market converters are not that expensive on older S-10s compared to many of the newer vehicles. On newer vehicles it can effect other systems that are related to the operating and the running of the vehicle. A little harder to defeat pollution devices on newer vehicles with all the systems run by microprocessors but if someone wants to do it they can. This law could be addressing the modified diesels that are made into coal rollers just as much as the gasoline powered vehicles with cats. You probably will still be able to buy equipment that would modify the performance of a vehicles as long as the emission equipment is not altered.
  • ToolGuy I wonder if Vin Diesel requires DEF.(Does he have issues with Sulfur in concentrations above 15ppm?)
  • ToolGuy Presented for discussion: https://xroads.virginia.edu/~Hyper2/thoreau/civil.html
  • Kevin Ford can do what it's always done. Offer buyouts to retirement age employees, and transfers to operating facilities to those who aren't retirement age. Plus, the transition to electric isn't going to be a finger snap one time event. It's going to occur over a few model years. What's a more interesting question is: Where will today's youth find jobs in the auto industry given the lower employment levels?