An all-electric Porche 997? Blasphemy!

The new E-RUF concept is an electric Porsche 997. It's green, but is it any good?

E-RUF electric Porsche 997
An all-electric Porche 997? Impossible! Road and Track

RUF, tuner of Porsche cars, is working on a new concept based on the Porsche 997, but it seems they've forgotten to put in the fantastic Porsche engine. In its place, they dropped a 150kW electric motor and about 1,200 pounds of batteries. Yes, the new E-RUF concept is an electric vehicle. It's green, but is it any good?

The electric power train outputs 200 horsepower (meh) and 479 pound-feet of torque (wow!). Gobs of torque available instantly make for a decent 0-60 time of about seven seconds, despite the fact that the E-RUF weights close to 4,200 pounds, more than 1000 pounds heavier than a standard Porsche 997. The concept makes due with a standard Porsche-sourced six-speed transmission, though the final version will take advantage of the electric motor's massive torque with a single speed unit.

E-RUF electric Porsche 997
The 997's air intakes are not necessary with an electric powerplant and have been smoothed over. Road and Track

The E-RUF's 96 lithium-ion batteries take up the entire front trunk, back seat, and a good part of the engine compartment. Reaching a full charge takes about 10 hours. Once full, the batteries will take you a maximum range of between 155 to 200 miles, depending on driving conditions.

Road and Track had an opportunity to test drive the E-RUF. It reports that the balance isn't the same as the standard 997, but the torque is amazing.

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Antuan Goodwin gained most of his automotive knowledge the old fashioned way, by turning wrenches in a driveway and picking up speeding tickets. From drivetrain tech and performance to car audio installs and cabin tech, if it's on wheels, Antuan is knowledgeable. Email Antuan, follow him on Twitter, or like him on Facebook. Antuan


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