It's a center-seat performance van!
What if Porsche built an electric minivan? That's probably not a question asked by many Porschephiles. The answer is better than you might think, though. Last year, Porsche revealed 15 never-before-seen concept cars, including an electric van called the Porsche Vision Renndienst. Designed to be a "family-friendly space concept for up to six persons," the concept was easily the coolest minivan we'd ever seen.
Porsche previously only showed off the Renndienst's exterior but has now released photos of the interior. After seeing the concept's cabin, we are even more convinced that Porsche should put it into production. This could be the most interesting minivan ever built.
The van features seating for six individuals, which is less than most minivans. That's because the Renndienst features three seats in the third row, two captain's chairs in the middle, and a single center-mounted seat (like a McLaren F1) in the front. In addition to the center seat, the cockpit includes some high-tech details, including a curved wrap-around windshield, two screens for the second-row passengers, and a digital cluster that looks similar to a Porsche Taycan.
"We thought about how we could still give a distinctly Porsche flair to a passenger compartment that is so far removed from the classic sports-car interior. And how autonomous driving could be designed," said chief designer Michael Mauer. "We don't assume that our customers want to give up using a steering wheel. When I want to drive, I have more cockpit feeling than in any other car. And when I don't, the driver's seat can be rotated 180 degrees - with one swivel, it turns to face the other passengers. We worked on materializing these basic ideas for about a year."
Another unique detail is the asymmetric cabin design. "One side is closed; passengers can retreat there," says interior design chief Markus Auerbach. "The other side enjoys a large window bank for an unobstructed view outside. When we close the doors, the interior feels like a protective capsule." A glass roof helps keeps rear passengers from feeling claustrophobic.
Sadly, Porsche has no plans to put the Vision Renndienst into production. We'd love to see this model hit showrooms packing the same electric motors found in the Taycan Turbo S, meaning 750 horsepower from two electric motors.