Remember that Porsche EV rumor that we reported on awhile back? It’s a supposed Tesla Model S-fighter named the “717,” that may or may not be in development from the wizards at Stuttgart, with aspirations of accomplishing at least a 300-mile range using the Volkswagen Group’s new MSB architecture.
Well, one more source has come along and pinned its name to the “it could happen” cork board: Automotive News.
The site reports that Porsche is looking to add a seventh model range to its lineup by 2020, and that chances are strong that it will take the form of a pure EV. Said Porsche CEO Matthias Müller: “Tesla has built an exceptional car. They have a very pragmatic approach and set the standard, where we have to follow up now.” That’s quite the compliment.
Of course, a Porsche EV is still an uncertain prospect; there are other options for what a seventh model from the automaker could look like. The 718 entry-level roadster has been definitively ruled out, but a “Pajun” (shorthand for “Panamera Junior”) is still conceivable, as is the rumored Ferrari-fighter to sit above the 911 in Porsche’s lineup.
None of these alleged possible models are bad news by any means. But were it up to us, a Porsche EV would be the obvious (and most exciting) addition to the automaker’s lineup.