With 62 lb-ft of torque, the electric motor means you don't have to do all the work yourself.
If you want to buy a brand new Porsche in the United States but don't have an unlimited budget, your most affordable option is the base Macan at $57,500. For a little more, $63,400, you can drive off in a 718 Cayman. For many Americans, those prices are still far out of reach, so what about a new Porsche that starts at $9,500?
That's how much the brand's new eBike Cross costs following new updates that promise increased performance. For a little more, the new Porsche eBike Sport is another alternative, and while none can hope to replace the thrill of driving a Porsche 911, they're possibly the coolest way to enjoy shorter commutes around some of America's most bicycle-friendly cities. An e-bike is not only a healthier way to commute, but drastically lowers your carbon footprint. In Europe, authorities are going as far as to pay people to swap their old cars for an e-bike.
The Porsche Taycan EV is the car that inspired the design of both eBikes. Each has an organically shaped carbon frame, and both were developed with the help of eBike expert Rotwild.
As its name suggests, the eBike Cross is better suited to challenging terrain and mountain biking. The rider's efforts are assisted by a Shimano EP8 motor with up to 62 lb-ft of torque. It has a mechanical Shimano XT 12-speed rear derailleur that makes quick gear changes easy, and the new Fox 34 Performance suspension fork has 4.7 inches of travel. At the back is the Fox Float DPX damper with 3.9 inches of travel. Slowing down is by way of Magura-MT trail disc brakes.
According to a comprehensive 2022 study by LawnStarter, some of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the USA are San Francisco, Minneapolis, New York, Portland, and Eugene. Avid cyclists in these parts of America will love the eBike Sport which is perfect for everyday cycling. At $11,750, its Shimano EP8 motor has the same amount of torque as the eBike Cross, but it has a different electronic Shimano XT DI2 11-speed rear derailleur.
New Continental tires give it enough grip on gravel or unpaved surfaces, and a Magura four-piston caliper on the rear wheel helps to bring it to a safe and secure stop. There are some clever features like a smartphone connector and Supernova lighting integrated in the stem and seat post.
Both bikes will be available in Porsche Centers and certain Porsche Design Stores this fall, and both models come in three sizes.
For Porsche fans with an active lifestyle and who also love the idea of electrified commuting whether by bike or car, the new eBikes are great weekend toys to take on trips with the Taycan Cross Turismo. Transportation is easy, too, as the Taycan Cross Turismo can be equipped with a rear bicycle carrier for $2,039. It can fit two eBikes and has a damped folding mechanism for ease of use. This feature will only be available in early spring 2023, though.