Fisker Automotive has released a teaser image of ‘Project Ronin’, a new high-performance four-door sports GT the American company claims could boast the longest range of any production EV.
A prototype version of the model is due to be revealed in August next year ahead of a late-2024 launch date.
Shared on LinkedIn and Instagram by company CEO and founder Henrik Fisker, who also designed the new model, the image’s accompanying text states that production of the intriguingly-named ‘Project Ronin’ would prioritize “more efficiency and lower weight” in the build of electrical architecture and would simultaneously incorporate the battery pack. Said underpinnings could, the CEO continues, produce a range of “over 500 miles” (around 800 km).
If successful, this would bump Project Ronin into a tier currently reserved for the Lucid Air Dream Edition, which boasts an electric range of 520 miles / 837 km.
“The aim is to achieve the world’s longest range for a production EV, combined with extremely high levels of performance,” Fisker explains. “Project Ronin will be a showcase for our internal engineering, powertrain, and software capabilities.”
Among the most notable elements of Fisker’s “redefinition of a luxury sports car of the future” are the elongated bonnet and sharp nose, the heavily raked windshield, and the slender digital wing mirrors. These, plus confirmation of active aerodynamics, suggest performance as well as electrical range will be high on Fisker’s agenda, hence also the expected starting price of “starting just under $200K.” The Porsche Taycan is likely to be among Project Ronin’s principal segment rivals.
Like Fisker’s first production model – the 2011 Karma – Project Ronin is designed to seat four occupants, with the company also teasing a set of “unique doors for better ingress and egress.” Akin, possibly, to Rolls-Royce’s traditional scissor door concept. In true environmental fashion, vegan materials will be a prominent part of the cabin’s “advanced design.”
Project Ronin is set to be developed by the recently announced ‘Fisker Magic Works’ engineering centre in the UK, and will become the third production model on Fisker’s EV line-up after the Ocean SUV and the recently announced PEAR compact car. The bolstered range would be the latest step in Fisker’s plans to put one million electric vehicles on the road before 2027, with an ambitious target to produce one million cars annual by 2030.