Piëch GT electric sports car gets reboot

  • The Piëch GT sport car will get a second shot at production
  • The redesigned car won’t launch until 2028
  • Former CEO of Aston Martin and Mercedes-Benz AMG, Tobias Moers, heads the operation

Swiss EV startup Piëch has gone back to the drawing board for its GT sports car, which the company now aims to launch in 2028, or four years later than originally planned.

Car and Driver has learned that the original company, founded in 2017 by Rea Stark Rajcic and Toni Piëch, a member of the Porsche-Piëch clan and son of engineering icon Ferdinand Piëch, has collapsed and that Rajcic is no longer involved.

The setback has given Piëch time to redesign and reengineer the GT, with the new bodywork penned by David Seesing, the designer of another long-delayed sports car, the TVR Griffith. His design for the GT shares some resemblance to the TVR, particularly from the rear three-quarter view, but crucially there doesn’t appear to be anything shared with Piëch’s former design for the GT.

Piëch is now headed by Tobias Moers, a former CEO of Aston Martin and Mercedes-Benz AMG, and the GT’s powertrain has been upgraded to 1,000 hp, according to Car and Driver, up from 603 hp previously. Reported performance claims include a 0-62 mph time of 2.6 seconds and a top speed of 187 mph.

Piech GT

Piech GT

The powertrain is comprised of a pair of electric motors, both at the rear axle and each independently controlling a rear wheel via a 2-speed transmission. The battery is now a 90-kwh unit, up from 75 kwh previously, and the estimated range is 312 miles on the WLTP cycle used overseas. A figure closer to 250 miles would be likely based on the stricter EPA cycle.

This all sits in a lightweight carbon-fiber tub with aluminum subframes front and rear. Piëch hasn’t shown the interior design, but the car is expected to feature 2+2 seating, like the previous design for the GT.

According to Car and Driver, the GT is still at the clay model stage, and that Piëch is looking for investment for further development. Should all go to plan, production will start in 2028 at the plant of Canadian company Multimatic, the same outfit that built the latest Ford GT and will also build the new Mustang GTD.

The targeted price tag is just over $200,000, and production will be limited to only a few thousand units after which Piëch will be able add a second model. This will be a model with four doors, which the original Piëch announced in 2019.

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