Inside the new Porsche Macan – the Android-powered EV that’s taking the fight to Tesla

I was among a handful of journalists who Porsche recently invited to its production plant in Leipzig, Germany, to poke around the new Panamera and get a taste for what what we can expect from its upcoming Macan – the first of its kind to be offered in EV guise only.

Although only revealed on the day in heavily-disguised, prototype form, we learnt that this powerful, high-performance electric SUV will be underpinned by the latest Premium Platform Electric architecture (developed jointly with Audi), is powered by permanently excited synchronous electric motors (PSM) and features 800-volt technology for fast charging.

All models will receive lithium-ion batteries in the underbody with a total capacity of around 100 kWh, while the spiciest Macan EVs will develop some 450 kW (603bhp in old money) and more than 1,000 Nm of torque.

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Ignore the distinct lack of rasping engine note for a moment, and trust me when I say it’s going to be ludicrously fast, ludicrously capable off-road and embody everything that Porsche stands for when it comes to handling and performance. The racing driver that rearranged my internal organs on Porsche’s test track confirmed all that.