Taycan Coupe sooner rather than later

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    Probably upset a few Porsche enthusiasts here but....
    Is anyone wealthy enough out there to consider chopping the ‘foot well’ out of the Taycan floor and shortening the car to a coupe version?
    The roof could be reasonably aligned if it’s centre (above door pillar was removed a similar amount)
    I’m sure one of those custom car companies in the US could manage such a job?
    Maybe specialise in this if there’s a demand
    Maybe modify the guards (Misson E) before they send it back to the paint shop?
    Just a thought
    Might be dead before the Porsche coupe hits the production line
     
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    Yeah, it'd be super cool to cut down on all that battery space.
     
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    Pretty useless conjecture, no?
     
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    Churlish,no?
     
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    I suppose so. My apologies. I was feeling annoyed with a lot of the other banter on this forum when I read your post.

    The car is not even out yet. The battery is integrated into the floor of this car if you’ve seen any of the sketches. Cutting it in half to cut a small section out seems unlikely. This is not an old muscle car layout where it can be chopped up in any number of ways.

    But hey, someone recently turned a Model 3 into a pickup truckish thing so anything is possible....
     
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    I feel like it would be pretty difficult, but anyone with enough money can do whatever it is they please.
    The newly created model 3 “truck” is pretty neat!
     
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    Yeah, but they're retaining all the batter and possibly even losing some weight. So...MUCH IMPRUV.
     
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    Don’t quite understand your reply
    The suggestion was to remove the cavity where the ‘foot well’ is (so no reduction in battery) and cut out an equivalent amount of door and roof panel thus reducing weight
     
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    I was hoping that the Taycan would be a coupe - which just happened to have four doors.

    The front angle still looks like a coupe, but from the side its starting to look uncomfortably saloon-ish
     
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    Ok, you can probably explain this better than most Americans, since you guys seem to have the market cornered on the terminology...

    I was always under the assumption that a coupe was a 2 door car. But, now we're seeing tons of 4 door coupes pop up all over the place.

    I'm a heaping plate of confused when it comes to this.
     
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    #11 TheSnape, Jul 11, 2019
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    A coupe is generally defined as a passenger car with a sloping rear roofline and generally two doors (although several four-door cars have also been marketed as coupés).

    Most cars we think of as coupes are two-door cars. But with firstly the Mercedes CLS, then the Jaguars XF and XJ, then a whole bunch of other cars, we have cars which are essentially saloons being called coupes (four door coupes). The whole point of the four-door coupe is -or should be - a car which has a sporty, athletic stance and roofline, but with rear doors so you can more easily access the back seats. Most in practice are slightly sportier-looking saloons with slightly less rear headroom than their normal saloon counterparts

    These cars are no different from saloons, except that they have (or are supposed to at any rate) very sharply sloping rooflines - to give the car a sporty, athletic appearance, with wide haunches usually as well. Some cars, like the Karma Revero, seem to do this very well. Most four door coupes don't have very wide or sporty haunches, and end up looking like 1980s/1990s hatchbacks as a result of this - but still sportier and lower than the saloons on which they're usually based.

    The idea is that the four-door coupe is sportier than the saloon, for someone who wants the rear seat access and gravitas of a saloon, but the sporty profile, low center of gravity and proportions of a coupe. Four-door coupes generally have less rear headroom than conventional saloons, but that said, most car manufacturers go to great lengths to ensure rear seat headroom is maximised in these four door coupes, keeping it as close to its normal saloon equivalent as possible, hence they look slightly more athletic and sporty than saloons, but still very much saloon-like. For instance, the A7 has less headroom than the A6, but Audi has fought hard to keep the difference to a minimum, but making it look slightly sportier and lower.

    When I saw the Mission E I first thought it was a coupe from the profile. Then I looked at it more closely and realised it had four-doors. Here, I thought, was a four-door coupe where for the first time I could remember, style was being prioritised over rear-seat headroom. The wide haunches, the low roofline, the sporty proportions. Here was a car, for the first time in ages, where there were four seats, but it was intended for what a four-door coupe should be for - occasional, rare use of the rear seats (for small children etc.) but you still had rear doors for easy access to them, but for the main part, it was a coupe - only you can easily get into the rear seats. Not a slightly sportier looking saloon, but a true coupe which just happened to have rear doors.

    Even the mules still convey a little of this in the front, but I still think too much priority is being given to rear seat space and headroom, especially in a car which has the whole premise of the rear seats being used very rarely, mostly by small children - four door coupes are not meant to prioritise rear seat space, instead to offer a stylish coupe which you can use the rear doors to climb into the rear seats of, in the rare occasion you would need to use them.
     
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    Ah, ok. So, we're basically on the same page.

    Also, thank you for the extremely thorough explanation, haha.

    I agree that the Mission E looked much more like a proper coupe, but the Taycan is doing a good job as well. Complete side profile...not SO much, but the 1/4 angles of the car are brilliant.
     
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    That's very true, and the Taycan looks more like a coupe than a saloon, to be sure. The front angle looks amazing. Even from a high angle the rear 3/4. I just know that Porsche can do better, especially a sharper rake to the roofline from the side
     

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