It’s good to go electric, don’t you think? Instant torque and the fact that you’re saving polar bears from imminent extinction must have you drooling over the things, right? Wrong? Then maybe this could tickle your fancy.
There’s not a lot better in the world than a well tuned Porsche 911, so when I heard that the Dutch company Voitures Extravert was breaking them down to rebuild them with an electric powertrain, I was intrigued.
Before we get into the specs, it’s important to note that each 911′ Quintessenza’ undergoes a serious restoration before a motor even touches them. Every part of the original 1970 or 80s Porsche undergoes a scrutinous once over to make sure each component is mechanically and structurally sound. Then the fun begins.
Bespoke suspension with adjustable dampers are fitted at each corner to match the inevitable performance of the single electric motor. This performance culminates to 222hp and 664lb ft of torque resulting in a 0-60mph time of under 6 seconds and a top speed of 112 – the torque you’re using can be seen sweeping across a gauge where the tachometer used to sit. For comfort, power steering has been added, too.
The range – a figure that could make or break any car – sits at a respectable 250 miles, and the 58-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery allows a brisk 15 minute charge using a high speed charger to replenish up to 62 miles of range alone. And before you start running for the hills at the mention of a heavy battery, know that this car comes in at a weight of of only 1,350kg. This ensures a similar level of agility to its petrol-fed relatives.
The Quintessenza is available in two specs: SE and TE. The former takes the ’70s and ’80s style 911 and converts them into a spec reminiscent of a ’60s 911, starting at a price of $336,684. The latter focusses on an ’80s style with a wider rear and will start at $364,727. A Targa is also available.
While the company is in talks with the Department of Transport regarding sale in North America, for now, buyers will need to import these cars privately after the purchase. Whether you want one or not, the electrification of classic cars denotes a change in how we see electric vehicles. And it’s a change I’m happy with, despite only 36 being made a year.