Pre-launch track time reinforces electric saloon’s capabilities.
German performance marque Porsche is pulling out all the stops for its upcoming Mission E electric saloon, which will spearhead the company’s all-electric push. It’ll be the technological flagship for the brand, and will be Stuttgart’s answer to the Tesla Model S.
When it arrives, it will slot between the Cayenne and Panamera both size- and price-wise, though it’ll match both in terms of passenger volume. The utilisation of an electric powertrain has freed up rent of valuable space, while Porsche’s gone the extra mile by recessing the floor where passengers’ legs will go, further increasing the sensation of space.
Mark Webber, the company’s spokesperson, ex-Formula 1 driver, and Porsche 919 Le Mans racer (winning second place in 2015), has been given a go in the Mission E at Porsche’s proving grounds in Weissach, Germany ahead of launch. Webber, having been involved with Porsche as a representative since 2016, dropped a few comments following the drive. Needless to say, the review was glowing.
“I’m a bit of an old-school kind of guy and I love nothing more than to drive so I don’t mind admitting I had some reservations. I thought that the Mission E could feel a little heavy but the driving experience is seriously dynamic: the four-wheel steering, the performance and the braking ability were a really amazing experience. I’ve driven lots of cars over the years that I’ve fallen for, but the Mission E really stands out.” — Mark Webber, Former Formula 1 Driver & Brand Representative, Porsche AG
One of the more obvious goals of the Mission E was to provide a truly Porsche experience while hurtling along. As such, Porsche’s thrown as much as they can at it, like a sharp steering wheel and tons of grip, as well as increasing the reliability of the electric powertrain. To do so, they’re employing a complex cooling circuit to ensure that the Mission E’s performance will be “constant” and “repeatable,” which is more than what can be said of the Tesla.
On arrival, Porsche will endeavour to offer three variants of their hyper-fast saloon. There’ll be an entry level model with 300kW on tap, a mid-range model with 400kW, and a top-flight all-bells-and-whistles variant with 500kW on tap, with power going through all four wheels as standard. A two-speed automatic transmission will help the car achieve its top speed of 250km/h, and also to enable full-throttle upshifts that will undoubtedly contribute to the 3-second century sprint time.
When it arrives in 2019, the Porsche Mission E will carry a sticker price around the $95,000 mark, putting it comfortably between the company’s existing SUV and ‘conventional’ saloon, and right up against its fiercest rival, the Tesla Model S.