While some automobile brands such as Audi, Lamborghini, Mercedes, or even Seat are interested in the electric scooter market, others are exploring the path of the electric bicycle. This is the case of the luxury sports car manufacturer Porsche, which has presented two high-quality e-bikes – the eBike Sport and the eBike Cross – alongside the Taycan Cross Turismo.
Both models were developed in collaboration with eBike expert Rotwild and are manufactured in Dieburg, Germany.
The two electric bikes feature a full-suspension carbon-fiber frame and Magura brakes. It is also equipped with high-end components, including motors and gear shifting systems manufactured by Japanese bicycle industry giant Shimano. Porsche says these bikes were made to complement the Cross Turismo, which has a rear carrier that can carry up to three bikes. With their timeless design as well as their powerful and sustainable drive technology, they are perfectly matched to the Taycan Cross Turismo.
Intended for everyday use, the Porsche eBike Sport has a new, powerful, and ultra-compact Shimano EP8 motor that provides up to 15 mph (25 km/h) of pedal-assisted support. The Sport weighs a little less than 48 lb (21.7 kg) and is powered by high-quality suspension components to ensure a balanced ride on asphalt or other soft terrains.
The Cross is more for off-roading adventures, with a hydraulically adjustable seat post for rapid seat height changes. The 48.7 lb (22 kg) e-bike sports a Shimano mid-drive, carbon fiber frame, and full suspension, in addition to Magura-MT Trail hydraulic disc brakes that are extra-large and heat resistant.
Whether on rough terrain or in the heart of the urban jungle, the Porsche eBikes are the perfect companions to get you to your destination with power and dynamism without compromising comfort and style. However, the company does not communicate on the range that can be expected.
Both Porsche e-bikes will come in three sizes and will be available through Porsche dealers in the spring. As you can imagine, neither model will come cheap: eBike Sport starts at $10,700, while the Cross motorcycle costs around $8,549. It remains to be seen whether it will be a long-term business for the automaker.
Recently, the e-bike has become a project that carmakers are eyeing. The Ariv e-bike from General Motors and the Series 1 Harley-Davidson are some of the occasionally but interestingly emerged e-bike projects.