Porsche and Audi have been quite tight these days. With the second-generation Porsche Panamera using V6 and V8 engines developed together with Audi and the Macan sharing its platform with the Audi Q5, the two companies are practically buddies at the moment. However, the bond is about to grow stronger for both VW Group siblings, as a Porsche Cayenne Coupe has just been spotted testing and it’s likely to be a fully-electric SUV.
If the rumors are true, and Porsche really is creating a BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) Cayenne Coupe, it would match the Audi e-tron Quattro SUV on its way for 2018. Audi’s e-tron Quattro (possibly dubbed Q6 e-tron) will also be a fully electric coupe-like SUV. This isn’t surprising as Porsche is likely going to borrow the same chassis and powertrain from the possible Audi Q6 e-tron for its Cayenne Coupe EV SUV. It would just be another joint-venture between both brands, something the two have been doing a lot lately.
The spy shots that have surfaced clearly show a Porsche Cayenne with some sort of coupe-like body style. While this marks heresy for most Porsche enthusiasts, it’s not surprising given how popular such SUVs have become. Cars like the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe have been selling really well. So it was only a matter of time before both Audi and Porsche jump on board. So why not do it together?
If Porsche does indeed borrow the same powertrain from the upcoming Audi Q6 e-tron, it would likely keep the same 429 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. It should boast a 300-plus mile battery range and a 4.6 second 0-60 mph time. We also know that Porsche is planning on developing 800-volt charging and some other seriously impressive technology with its Mission E electric super-sedan. So it’s possible if Porsche does create a fully electric Cayenne Coupe that it could be even more powerful than the Audi Q6 e-tron, boast a further range and faster recharging times. Only time will tell.CAR Magazine]