During the Frankfurt Motor Show, Porsche unveiled a special concept car that will be rolled out into production in 2019. The car itself, which is of similar resemblance to the traditional 911’s the German company produces, has a bit of a twist up it’s sleeve –
Porsche is now on the same road as Tesla and various other electric car company’s, and they are hoping the Mission E is the key to a consumers heart. There will be three different variations of the Mission E, and now we’re talking electric variations, so the first will be a 300kW version, followed by the release of a 400kW version, and then a 500kW version to get your electric fix going! (402, 536 and 670 horsepower). It’ll have a two-speed transmission and, will hit 0 to 60 mph in around 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph, and go around 300 miles on a charge.
Spies have previously caught Porsche testing a Mission E concept that vaguely resembles the auto show model. However, it had regular doors (rather than a suicide rear door), less bulgy bodyword and a front end that’s not quite so dramatic.
However, Automobile tested a version that retains all of those features and looks exactly like the show car that first appeared in Frankfurt. Based on that, it’s hard to say exactly which Mission E we’ll get when it starts production.
Comparisons against Tesla are tempting, but the Mission E will address a slightly different market. Thanks to the electric drivetrain, it’s bigger inside than it looks, but it still seats four and not five+2 like the Model S.
The concept also has a much more aggressive, nearly supercar-like profile, as well. Even if it’s relatively roomy inside, it’s more likely to attract buyers who want a roomy sports car. Tesla buyers, on the other hand, probably want things the other way around – a saloon that can go like hell if need be. Either way, you can no longer dismiss the Mission E as electric discharge, as Porsche now seems to be on a mission to get it into production.