Not too long ago, the idea of a Porsche sports sedan that was powered by batteries would have been a horrible thing to suggest. Times have changed, though, and since the 918 Spyder people have gone from despising the idea to accepting it as an inevitable and, in some cases, welcomed addition to the company’s lineup.
Like it or not, the all-electric Porsche Mission E will be here someday, and the rumors are swirling that it will be sooner rather than later. Recently, there have been several images and videos of the car (one of which is shown below) out on the roads testing while cloaked and sporting fake exhaust pipes. You can still make out quite a lot of the car’s sleek curves, but the technical details are still shrouded in uncertainty. That said, there’s a lot that can be gleaned from the rumors.
For example, Porsche CEO, Oliver Blume told CAR magazine that the Mission E will offer different power levels, meaning it will follow a similar hierarchy to Porsche’s other vehicles. Also, it will try to fill the gap between the 911 and the Panamera, and it should go on sale by the end of 2019.
As far as the powertrain goes, it will likely be pretty similar to the Mission E concept car (shown in the pictures) that Porsche previously showed off. That car featured an all-electric powertrain with two permanent magnet synchronous motors. One at each axle of the car. This makes the Mission E an all-wheel-drive high-performance monster of a sedan. The Mission E concept was supposed to do 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds and 124 mph in about 11 seconds, according to Porsche.
In addition to speed, the Mission E should be pretty nimble. Road and Track noted that the car will likely get four-wheel steering, torque vectoring, and fantastic suspension. This means the car should be able to achieve a Nürburgring Nordschleife lap time of under 8 minutes like the manufacturer claims. The range will likely be around the concept car’s claimed 300 miles, and if Porsche’s recharging claims are correct, you’ll be able to get 80 percent of battery power charged back up in less than a quarter of an hour.
Oliver Blume told CAR magazine that the model would be priced roughly the same as the Panamera. With that in mind, you can expect the car to have a base MSRP of about $85,000 to $90,000. That places the Mission E out of the grasp of many people but puts it on par with the rest of Porsche’s products, and the Mission E’s main competitors, namely Tesla.