Watt’s this? Looks like a 356, but it’s electric powered

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You are correct if you think the Coupe from British premium electric vehicle manufacturer Watt looks a lot like a vintage Porsche 356. 

“The Coupe’s all-new composite body is inspired by the legendary 1955 Porsche 356a,” the company said in its news release. 

“However,” it added, “all exterior surfaces are subtly different to optimize aerodynamic efficiency and house the state-of-the-art bonded aluminum chassis and bespoke suspension. 

“Inside, the entirely new cabin majors on beautifully executed simplicity, using premium-grade lightweight materials while also providing the range of creature comforts expected in a modern vehicle such as air-conditioning and mobile connectivity.”

Neil Yates and the PACES platform

The Coupe represents two firsts for Watt Electric Vehicle Company,” company founder and owner Neil Yates is quoted in the announcement. “It is our very first model – and the first to utilize our PACES modular EV (bonded-aluminum) architecture, which will underpin many next-generation specialist passenger and commercial EVs. 

“With our debut vehicle we wanted to build a light, engaging sports car, at the opposite end of the spectrum from the current trend toward hugely powerful, fast accelerating, but heavy electric supercars.

“We have been able to keep the Coupe’s weight to a minimum – under 1,000 kilograms – yet we have also structurally integrated a 40kWh battery into the chassis and exceeded all EUSSTA (European Small Series Type Approval) safety crash testing standards. We have also achieved near 50:50 weight distribution too.  

Design sketch for Coupe interior

The WEVC Coupes focus is on engaging the driver, providing enjoyment in real-world situations from city streets to B-roads. With double wishbone suspension, 16-inch wheels and 60-profile tires, it has a comfortable ride, excellent steering response and a handling balance that is entertaining and exploitable, rather than chasing outright lateral grip.”

He added that the car should offer 230 miles of range in real-world driving.  The 120kW powerplants will be rated at 160 horsepower. Zero to 62 mph sprint time is in the 5-second range.

The company said it has completed 10 months of prototype testing and is accepting orders for its Launch Edition cars. It plans to reveal the car in full production trim in late summer 2021. Base price is £81,250 ($122,800) and deliveries are planned for early 2022.

For more information, visit the Watt Electric Vehicles website.

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