A new Porsche ‘sport boat’ which uses the upcoming electric Macan’s powertrain for propulsion has been shown in full production form for the first time on Lake Garda, Italy.
Built in collaboration with Frauscher Shipyard, the 850 Fantom Air is equipped with the same powertrain as you’ll find in the new electric Macan, which brings 536bhp through its single electric motor. The motor itself sits in the back of the boat and is linked to a 100kWh battery – which is also used in the Macan – and can be changed via four different modes in Docking, Range, Sport and Sport Plus.
However, Porsche says that the Fantom Air’s ‘optimum cruising speed’ is 22 knots or around 25mph. At this speed, it can travel for up to one hour or around 28 miles. However, switch into Sport Plus mode and this sport boat can reach speeds of up to 46 knots or 53mph. Porsche says that ‘typical customers’ who travel at a range of speeds could cover journeys of between two to three hours without having to charge the battery.
On board you’ll find analogue gauges on the upper part of the instrument panel for a classic sports car look, while in traditional Porsche fashion the starter button is on the left of the wheel. There’s space for up to nine passengers, while a swimming platform at the rear leads to a ‘lounge’ area with sunbathing pads. It comes with a full audio system and WiFi connectivity, too, accessed via a 12-inch information display.
The Frauscher x Porsche 850 Fantom Air will undertake its official world premiere in January 2024 in Dusseldorf. An initial run of 25 units is planned, with each costing €561,700 – or around £485,272.