This 964 generation Porsche 911 is electric


Yes, this is an electric Porsche 911 from the 964 generation. And the point is, that sentence will ruffle some feathers. It may even cause the said plumage to disgust at what Porsche purists might well see as sacrilege.

But hold on. The 964-era 911 of the late ’80s and early’ 90s have been the target of ambitious restomoders for years now. From Singer in Los Angeles to Theon in rural England, restoring and modifying a 964 – and often making it look a little older than its 30-year process – is nothing new.

Widely praised, these improved 911s are often an amalgamation of different vintages of 911s, mixing 996 brakes with 993 seats, Turbo exhausts and Speedster mirrors. Thoroughbreds, they certainly are not.

So why not take this approach one step further, take into account the impending ban on internal combustion and replace the flat six-cylinder engine with an electric motor? I know it’s a lot to take, but the Everrati is quite the proposition.

Based in Oxfordshire, known as Motorsport Valley in England, Everrati is no Porsche specialist. Instead, it plans to electrify a range of iconic piston-powered vehicles, preparing them for the future during a time when internal combustion will be banned, while retaining their analog nature. And if the future doesn’t include an outright ban, then Everrati says everything he does at 964 is fully reversible.

There are two models to choose from: the more traditional narrowbody Pure and the Signature widebody tested here. The price listed is £ 250,000 ($ 344,000) plus the cost of the car itself. So call it £ 300,000 ($ 413,000).

I think it looks gorgeous, as most restoration 911s do, with its flared arches, fat rear tires wrapped around split rim wheels, and ducktail rear spoiler. It’s a determined look, but remains satisfactorily compact; a sports car designed for narrow British roads and good for it.

“It’s all about the driver’s commitment and performance,” says Justin Lunny, co-founder and CEO of Everrati. “But also to try to keep it as close to the original as possible. This is fully reversible; we haven’t played with the chassis and it still has all the engine mounts… it’s something so fun to drive [as the original] but in a different way.

Lunny owns a Porsche Taycan Turbo S, so he knows all about the organ rearrangement that electric cars are capable of, but with the 911 he wanted to keep analog purity. As a result, the Everrati Signature with its carbon fiber body and roof is slightly lighter than the original despite the battery, at 1350 kg. And on that note, Everrati deliberately under-specified the (all-new) battery, opting for 120-150 mile useful range and low weight instead of a 200+ mile cruiser. It’s “an A to A car,” says Lunny. One for the Sunday morning blast, not for the transcontinental tour.

Fire up the Tesla engine on a Sunday morning, head out of town without disturbing the neighbors, and when the road opens you’ll find 500 horsepower under your right foot, joined by 369 lb-ft of torque and together producing a 0- time. 60 mph under four seconds. Depress the accelerator seriously shifted (reminding the driver that this is a car of a certain era) and acceleration is quick. It looks a lot like many other electric cars in that sense, but all other aspects of the 911’s character are a far cry from any newly built electric vehicle.

The hydraulic steering is only weakly assisted with the wheel moving in your hands as the wide tires are pulled this way and by the wavy road surface below. It’s an analog feeling at odds with electric thrust, but it suits the aesthetics and character of the car.

It’s a driving experience that lacks a shifter and clutch pedal, but the rest of the controls have a weight that modern EVs lack. Everrati says it’s working to increase the stiffness of the gearshift, reused as a drive-mode selector, to add to the analog feel.

In addition to a decent weight at the controls, the Everrati 911 has the NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) levels it left the factory with three decades earlier. Normally, an engine would partially cover the noise of the wind and the roar of the tires, but with a quiet (but still audible) electric motor, the cabin is a noisy place. This goes against the near silence we expect from modern electric cars – even electric Porsches – but as Lunny said, this is an A-to-A car, not the one that covers hundreds of kilometers of highway.

The handling of the 964 has received a thorough upgrade thanks to the coil-overs offered by Everrati as standard, or an electronically adjustable system on the Signature model with a performance upgrade flown here. This is adjusted via a touchscreen on the dashboard and includes a setting set by former British touring car champion Tim Harvey. It’s an analog experience that, during my brief drive, felt reassuring and close to the roots of the 964 and far removed from the serenity of today’s generation 992 911.

In addition to a touchscreen for the suspension, the interior features Porsche’s classic communication management system, which offers modern infotainment from a retro design. The five iconic 911 dials behind the steering wheel are present and correct, but have been reused to indicate battery charge and engine status instead of fuel level and engine revs.

A final blossoming is under the rear bumper, where a pair of dummy tailpipes contain speakers connected to a smartphone app and emit a six-course exhaust note. Pretty believable at idle, although not pumped into the cab, so barely audible while driving, it’s a bit of Everrati fun and something of a work in progress.

While exhaust simulations on a classic electrified Porsche might not be to everyone’s liking, Everrati’s goal is to produce EVs that have undergone heart transplants, but still have a soul. Lunny says his company aims to “create an environment where it’s acceptable, as gasoline, to opt for an electric vehicle … You can drive downtown knowing you’re not dumping trash.” .

It should also be remembered that this is nobody’s only car. The buyer of this isn’t trading a regular 964 for all-electric, the same way a BMW 3 Series driver might upgrade to a Tesla Model 3. Buyers willing to deposit £ 300,000 on the Everrati 911 add to their collection. , or maybe by trading in one of the many EV sports cars that they can enjoy without the usual weaknesses of owning a classic Porsche, and that they can drive guilt-free.