It’s no secret that Porsche has been maneuvering itself into the ebike market with a corporate approach you could call aggressive . Its latest updates to its two flagship ebikes seek riders who demand a little more than their earlier offerings delivered.
The Porsche eBike Sport and eBike Cross updates center around the newly-onboarded Shimano EP-8 engine. The integrated 85 Nm motor pumps 500w of peak power and amplifies rider input by up to 400%. And its associated app lets riders customize their settings between 10 levels of overall assistance, five levels of start assistance, and three maximum torque settings.
Rotwild helped design the two bikes, which take “inspiration” from the Porsche Taycan. The two carbon eMTBs are heavier than the new crop of lightweight E bikes: the Sport weighs 46.7 lbs. (claimed, with pedals), and the Cross weighs in at 47.8.
Between the two, the Cross is the trail boss. Porsche aligns the Sport with everyday riders and commuters. Aside from the EP-8, other equipment includes 630Wh (Sport) and 504Wh (Cross) batteries, Magura disc brakes, and suspension components from Magura and Fox.
The Sport gets Magura MCi disc brakes with four-piston calipers for control. Porsche designed the full-suspension frame in-house, providing 100mm of travel. A FOX Float DPS rear shock helps the back end track, and a Shimano XT DI2 electric rear derailleur supports shifting between 11-speed gearing. Light integration in the stem and seat post from Supernova, including a deceleration signal, to help riders stay safe on and off-road.
The Cross hits a little heavier as the all-mountain build in the stable. Porsche claims the EP-8 “supports speeds of up to” 15.5 mph — which appears to mean it’ll crank 15mph by itself.
Magura MT Trail high-performance brakes with oversized discs give stopping power. A Fox 34 fork up front provides 120mm of travel, and a Fox Float DPX damper gives 100 mm of travel in the rear. Shimano XT mechanical shifting supports 12 gears.
An integrated Shimano computer shows speed, distance, and remaining range. Porsche says the bike’s roughly average range shakes out to 62 miles in “Eco” mode, 46 miles in “Trail” mode, and 31 in “Boost” mode.
You’re looking at brand name recognition when justifying Porsche’s price tags for its highly publicized ebikes. The Shimano EP-8 is a step forward, and solid componentry speaks for itself. But the Cross and Sport fetch prices at the top of the category. You’ll pay $9,500 MSRP for a Cross or a whopping $11,750 for a Sport.
Author Sam Anderson