Porsche has been making inroads in its quest to bring its very first fully electric super-saloon to the world. Since the concept model debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015 various test-mules have been spotted in the wild including the most recent sighting at the Nurburgring.
The Mission E is known internally at Porsche as ‘Project J1’, and according to Autocar, it’s design is now production ready with it remaining very close to the concept model. Porsche is also in the process of testing the final design prototype versions as the model edges closer to hitting the streets.
Autocar has also stated that the finalised model will break cover in 2019, with the first deliveries taking place in early 2020. Prices are expected to be around the £100,000 ($132,500) mark putting the Mission E firmly in the middle of its hybrid-powered siblings, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid and Turbo S E-Hybrid models.
So, what can you expect from the Mission E when it hits the road? For starters, it will get a new name in line with the current four-door counterparts the Panamera and Cayenne, rather than the numbered model designation given to its two-door siblings.
In terms of power, it’s expected that Porsche will be sticking closely to the 600bhp twin electric motor setup as found in the concept. This drivetrain features an electric motor on each axle with power coming from a floor-mounted lithium-ion batteries setup. In terms of pace, the concept blazed the 0-62mph run in just 3.5 seconds, with 0-124mph falling in sub 12 seconds so we would fully expect the final production version to match or better these numbers when it hits the road.
The concept car featured all-wheel drive, with the front wheels being powered for traction purposes only, and the handling remaining more rear-biased. This setup should be carried forward to the final production model meaning proper sports car handling.
One of Porsche’s aims with this project is to prove that an electric-car doesn’t have to be a massive, tall and ugly SUV due to the space issue caused by all of the gubbins and batteries required. They want to prove that this future tech can be packaged in a svelte looking capable coupe that drives as a proper Porsche should.
This new fifth model is a massive move for Porsche, as they are aiming to shift some 20,000 units of this new model in just the first two years of production.
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