Porsche has unveiled a new boat. Wait, what? Yep, a boat. But the interesting part is it features electric power technology that we’ll soon see on the 2024 Porsche Macan EV.
Called the Frauscher x Porsche 850 eFantom Air, it’s a project between Frauscher Boats and Porsche, and it demonstrates the possibilities of future luxury powerboats. The design comes from Porsche’s Studio F.A. facility with inspiration drawn from the 911 for the side ends, with a typical Porsche steering wheel suited to water environments.
Powering the 850 eFantom Air is an 800V electric system based on the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) setup that will underpin the next-gen 2024 Macan electric. It incorporates a 100kWh battery, which Porsche says is “adopted from the Macan” and located under the lounge area at the back.
This feeds an electric motor that is limited to 400kW output, which spins the marine Z-drive system. Porsche says the eFantom has an optimum cruise speed of 41km/h (22kn), and it can maintain this rate for around 45km until the battery is dead. However, the top speed is limited to 85km/h (46kn) but it can cruise at hull speed for over 100km.
When it comes time to recharge, the 850 eFantom can take in 250kW of DC power. The company says that under ideal conditions it can go from 10-80 per cent in “well under” 30 minutes, making it ideal for stopping off at the jetty in Lake Como for a coffee. It also offers 11kW AC charging capability.
Inside, the eFantom comes with two folding bimini tops to provide shade, as well as a premium sound system, Bluetooth, and WiFi connectivity.
There’s also a 12-inch touch-screen display, an electric stainless steel anchor, LED underwater lighting, and a bow thruster for easy parking. Speaking about the exotic boat, Detlev von Platen, board member for Porsche AG, said:
“The eFantom offers everything that Frauscher and Porsche products have always promised: outstanding performance and luxurious experiences, the highest quality and exclusive, timeless design.”
Porsche is offering 25 First Edition examples for the market, available to order now. Prices start from €561,700. The first deliveries are scheduled to commence in 2024.