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Porsche May Soon Decide on Seventh Model, Could Be Tesla-Fighter

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/14/2015 Kelly Pleskot
Porsche May Soon Decide on Seventh Model, Could Be Tesla-Fighter

We've heard conflicting reports on whether Porsche will build a new all-electric car. But it seems we may get a definitive answer in the not-so-distant future.

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Porsche plans on bringing out its seventh model by 2020 and is getting closer to making a final decision on just what that model will be, according to a report from Bloomberg. The new car could very well be a rival to Tesla's Model S, and if so, it would achieve a range of 310 miles on a single charge.

“Tesla has built an exceptional car,” Porsche boss Matthias Mueller said during a recent press conference. “They have a very pragmatic approach and set the standard, where we have to follow up now.”

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This tidbit points us in a very different direction from what the automaker reportedly said just three months ago. In a report from Autocar, Porsche R&D boss was quoted as saying, "A Tesla is a fine car, but you cannot drive it enthusiastically without losing range or performance too quickly. Until the technology offers a solution to those problems, we will not be looking at launching such a car."

According to Bloomberg, Porsche is also considering one of two new Panameras -- a smaller coupe or shooting brake variant. The brand may also build a new sports car slotted between the 911 and the 918 Spyder, which would pit it against cars made from Ferrari and other exotic sports car makers.

If Porsche does end up making an electric car, it may be called the 717, slotted between the Panamera and 918 Spyder. A previous report from AUTOMOBILE said the car would have over 100 small batteries squeezed into the car's nooks and crannies and would top out at 600 hp on the top-of-the-line model. Its arrival date would be early 2019, which would match Porsche's timeline of rolling out a next model by 2020.

Source: Bloomberg

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