Porsche has been experimenting with electric and hybrid cars for quite some time but only more recently they added to their roster a pair of hybrid vehicles which were quite successful even though they first thought it was not really worth it. After they saw that the Model S is hugely successful thanks to its massive electric range, Porsche started developing a competitor for the American built sedan. Their answer is the 2016 Porsche Mission E which is an incredible car from any point of view. It has an all electric drivetrain, it looks great and it may set the trend for future Porsche models.
2016 Porsche Mission E Price And Release Date
Unfortunately, even though it has been released a few weeks ago, it will probably not go on sale until the end of 2018 or early 2019 and it may not even be called the Mission E or it may not be a standalone model either. Some rumors suggested that the car will actually be sold under the Panamera brand and that the current concept is actually an early development car of the next generation Panamera. This would make things quite interesting because the car does look a lot more aggressive than the current model and it may quickly become a best seller. The price will likely be around $200,000 for the base model which may seem like much when compared to the Model S, but then again, the 2016 Porsche Mission E is a lot more powerful than the base model of the Tesla.
Under its hood there is no usual petrol engine. Instead, the 2016 Porsche Mission E uses 2 electric motors, one in the front and one at the back. These are similar to those in the 919 Hybrid race-car and they are extremely fuel efficient. It seems that the car provides around 600 horsepower, which is less than the top of the range Model S, but thanks to the standard all wheel drive system, the car will likely hit 60 MPH in around 3.5 seconds while its top speed will be limited to around 155 MPH.
The best part about the two electric engines though is not its sheer performance but rather the efficiency. Thanks to a compact lithium-ion battery pack, the car has been rated to go up to 311 miles on a single charge in Europe while in the US it will likely get around 220 to 250 miles of range which is still quite good. In any case, there is an 800 volt charger on board which will add up to 200 miles of range in just 10 minutes, much better than the SuperCharger on the Tesla.
Exterior of Porsche Mission E
On the exterior the 2016 Porsche Mission E is quite interesting as well and even though it does not look like any other Porsche, it does come with a few interesting design cues. The front end is more similar to the 911 rather than the Panamera and it comes with four-LED clusters instead of the usual Xenon headlights while at the back there is a Macan-style tail-light bar. Also, from the profile the car looks more like a four-door version of the 911 which happens to have suicide doors, so the visual appearance is great and just as we said, it may set the trend for future Porsche models.
The interior on the other hand is not as futuristic as its exterior and it may even be put into production with minimal changes. The dashboard is nicely laid out with a center console similar to that on the 918 Spyder hyper-car. There are only four racing seats wrapped in leather and the materials seem to be on par with any other luxury car on the market today.