Porsche has yet to officially unveil the Mission E or even its production name, but information about the electric Porsche keeps coming. The latest news comes from Automobile who had the chance to drive a Mission E prototype and even learn a bit more about the powertrain options.
Georg Kacher from Automobile magazine was given the chance to drive a white Mission E prototype. Georg was actually only the fourth person in the world to drive the prototype, which requires permission from the board of directors. The prototype had only had 200 miles and was fully spec’d out with electric doors, windows and seats. Although the concept’s suicide doors will not make it to production.
We’re now learning that the Mission E will be smaller than the current Panamera, but its interior will have about the same amount of space.
“The production version is in essence a C-segment sedan with an almost D-size interior,” stated project leader Stefan Weckbach. “Visually, the car combines 911 overtones with fresh proportions and very good space utilization even though the Mission E is notably more compact than the Panamera.”
Since the Mission E is definitely a Porsche, it’s no surprise to hear that Porsche wants the Mission E to beat the Tesla Model S with the ultimate goal to make it more rewarding and committed than the Tesla. Buyers will also be able to choose from three powertrains rated at: 300 kW/402 hp, 400 kW/536 hp, and 500 kW/670 hp. Initially all-wheel drive will be standard, but there is a chance that a cheaper rear-wheel drive version could be added later.
The front electric motor produces 160 kW/215 hp and 221 lb-ft. of torque. At full boost, Porsche can briefly claim some 325 lb-ft. The base motor generates 240 kW/322 hp and 251 lb-ft, while a performance version generates 320 kW/429 hp and 406 lb-ft. Lastly a two-speed transmission is being developed and an electronically controlled limited-slip rear differential will be optional.
Pricing for the Mission E is expected to start in the $75,000 to $80,000 range when it arrives in 2019.