Porsche has just begun testing the all-electric Macan at the Nürburgring, according to our latest spy photos.

This is reported by our photographers that Porsche there were no fewer than four test cars at the famous racecourse that day. The performance electric crossover, previously seen testing in snowy climates or high in the mountains, can finally stretch its legs.

As seen here tested with and without the extended plastic wheel arch inserts, the upcoming Macan EV is undergoing the same development process as the larger Taycan, which recently reclaimed the EV record at Green Hell.

Read also: Porsche is delaying the release of the Macan EV by a year until 2024

In July, CEO of Porsche Oliver Blum admitted that the electric Macan will hit the market in the 2024 model year, not 2023 as previously planned.

Just a few weeks ago, reports have emerged indicating that it was actually the software for the all-electric model that held him back. This was handled by Cariad, the VW Group’s troubled software subsidiary, which was tasked with developing the technology for all its brands.

In addition to the Macan, the launch of several Audi and Bentley electric cars will also reportedly be delayed due to the problems at the Cariad. Despite this, according to unnamed sources, Porsche did his job pretty well. “The hardware is great,” they said, “but the software still isn’t there.”

Based on the new PPE electric vehicle platform, the Macan is expected to have a significantly improved range over Taikanwith reports that it will be able to travel more than 300 miles (483 km) on a charge.

Although power figures remain a mystery, the Audi A6 e-tron concept, which is also based on the PPE platform, is rated at 470 hp. (350 kW/476 hp) and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) of torque. The Macan EV, however, can get up to 700 hp. (522 kW/710 hp) in the highest trim level. Not surprisingly, the company is thoroughly testing it on the Nürburgring.

Image credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for CarScoops


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