Automobile magazine contributor Georg Kacher recently got a chance to drive one of the few existing prototypes of Porsche’s Mission E, and was also able to glean some technical details about the upcoming EV.
Porsche told Kacher that every Mission E will have all-wheel drive at first – a rear-wheel-drive version may be offered in the future. There will be three performance levels: 536, 670, and 804 hp. The front motor will be the same in all versions, and will produce 160 kW at 16,000 rpm. Different rear motors will be used depending on the performance level. Porsche will use synchronous permanent magnet motors, which it says offer superior continuous performance in a smaller, lighter package. The powertrain also includes a two-speed transmission and an electronically controlled limited-slip rear differential.
The Mission E is not intended to challenge Tesla’s P100D as the fastest gun in town, but will get to 60 mph in a respectable 3.5 seconds. The battery chemistry and a complex battery cooling system are designed to let the Mission E handle high-speed driving on the Autobahn for an hour or more and still be capable of up to 300 miles of range. Top speed is 155 mph.
“This car is smog-free but is also a hoot to drive thanks to the low center of gravity, the dedicated air suspension, and the precise steering,” said Project Engineer Michael Behr. “Make no mistake: This is a proper Porsche through and through.”
Porsche has not finalized pricing, but sources say the base model will start between $75,000 and $80,000. The Mission E is scheduled to go on sale in 2019 as a 2020 model. Porsche plans to build 20,000 per year, but could increase that figure to 30,000 if demand is strong.