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Is Porsche Working on a Taycan Targa?

Automaker is also preparing a new electric SUV

Porsche is getting ready to launch its first electric vehicle, the Taycan, in 2019. Not long after, the sports car, formerly known as the Mission E, will receive a Targa version, reports Autocar. A new electric SUV is also in the works.

The same plant in Zuffenhausen, Germany that will build the Taycan will also produce the Targa model. We don’t know much about this variant, but it should launch in 2020 or 2021.

As we previously reported, Porsche is eyeing a family of Taycans. It has been working on a Cross Turismo variant, previewed at this year’s Geneva auto show. Autocar says the Taycan’s J1 platform could be modified for a small two-door sports car, should the automaker want to explore that route. However, these modifications would require a smaller battery, and thus sacrifices in range and performance.

The Taycan will boast two motors for a total system output of more than 600 hp. Hitting 60 mph should take less than 3.5 seconds, Porsche says.

Porsche is preparing a battery electric SUV that will be ready by 2022 at the latest, revealed Porsche’s finance director Lutz Meschke. He referred to the new model as a “big SUV,” but it’s unlikely to be a Cayenne replacement given that this model isn’t due for an overhaul until the middle of the next decade. It makes more sense that this vehicle will serve as a replacement for the Macan, which is due around 2021. But other possibilities include a variant of Audi’s e-tron SUV, a refreshed Cayenne, or a completely new model line.

Around the time the battery SUV rolls out, Porsche’s new all-electric vehicle platform may be ready for market. Called PPE, the architecture builds off knowledge gained from the Taycan’s J1 underpinnings. Porsche is developing the new platform together with Audi, hinting at some shared DNA between the two brand’s future electric vehicles.

By 2025, Porsche estimates that more than 50 percent of the vehicles it sells will be electrified. Porsche has also said it will offer an electrified variant of every model in its lineup by 2030.

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