Porsche Mission E To Pump Out 670 HP, RWD Might Be Offered Alongside AWD

Porsche Mission E

DEC 28 2017 BY ADRIAN PADEANU 23

Porsche Mission E

Entry-level model will have to make do with “only” 402 hp.

Due to come out around the end of the decade, the Mission E is shaping up to be one of the most important models to ever carry the Porsche crest. It was previewed by a namesake concept a little over two years ago at the Frankfurt Motor Show and recently Automobile Magazine had the opportunity to conduct a brief test with a more evolved prototype at the Weissach track.

Porsche Mission E

Porsche Mission E spy shots

More than just a rudimentary test mule, the vehicle had niceties like electric windows, doors, and seats, along with a fairly advanced interior cabin (including a lap timer) to show Porsche has been making great progress with the Mission E’s development. Although it will be smaller than the Panamera, there’s still going to be enough room to provide a comfortable ride for those sitting on the rear seats. According to project leader, Stefan Weckbach, it will be nearly as spacious on the inside as a model from a class above.

Sources close to Porsche have disclosed the plan is to offer three different versions of the Mission E – all of which are going to have an all-wheel-drive arrangement. The entry-level model – which is set to kick off at about $85,000 like a Panamera – will offer roughly 402 horsepower (300 kilowatts). The midrange model will up the power ante to 536 hp (400 kW) whereas the flagship version will deliver a meaty 670 hp (500 kW). Further down the line, a cheaper rear-wheel-drive variant might be added.

Those impressive output figures will be available by combining a front-mounted, electric setup rated at 215 hp (160 kW) and permanent 221 lb-ft / 300 Nm (325 lb-ft / 441 Nm for a limited time) with one of the two rear units. The first will be good for 322 hp (240 kW) and 251 lb-ft (340 Nm), while the second is going to generate 429 hp (320 kW) and 406 lb-ft (550 Nm). Needless to say, these numbers are not official at this point.

The quickest of the bunch will do the sprint to 60 mph (96 kph) in approximately 3.5 seconds before topping out at 155 mph (250 kph), with a “phenomenal midrange punch” and “explosive full-throttle acceleration in fourth and fifth gear” in-between. Porsche’s engineers are working on a two-speed gearbox and at the same time are developing an electronically controlled limited-slip differential set to be optionally available.

With the Mission E being first and foremost an electric vehicle, range will be a key selling point. Around 300 miles (483 kilometers) in the real world are being promised, along with the possibility to charge the battery to an 80-percent level in just 20 minutes.

Elsewhere in the Porsche range, the current-generation 911 will bow out with the updated GT3 RS and a new limited-edition Speedster. On the electric front, there are reasons to believe the Mission E will be followed by a zero-emissions Macan and a coupe tentatively called “929” to act as a spiritual successor of the 928.

Source: Automobile Magazine

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23 responses to "Porsche Mission E To Pump Out 670 HP, RWD Might Be Offered Alongside AWD"
  1. Mint says:

    I feel like the Roadster announcement heavily dampened excitement around the Mission E, especially the top variants.

    I guess I should hold judgement. Let’s see if Porsche is serious about that base price.

    1. R.S says:

      IMO the pricing alone makes comparisons between those cars pretty pointless. Maybe the most expensive Porsche could come close and in that case the Roadster sounds like better value.

      But for once the Porsche is the affordable car, which is already weird. And more practical. Strange times…

      1. Brian says:

        Isn’t Porsche the most profitable car brand? If so, they can subsidize EVs with their ICE cars, avoid paying fines in places like California and China.

  2. pjwood1 says:

    It would be good to know news about any drive modes, and suspension intentions (like air or coil?). The slip differential isn’t necessarily related to having a second gear. It balances rotational speed differences, on left and right on turns. It may make the toque vectoring on each axle able to become more focused on individual (vs. both) wheels, if I understand it right?

    Putting down more of that awesome electric torque, before you’re out of the turn.

  3. Levi says:

    Tesla roadster destroyed lots of (would be supercar) projects being built Secretly worldwide. Lots of guys have had to go back to the drawing board.
    Look at McLaren…they scrapped their electric release & are heading back to the drawing board. Reason (mediocre specs at nosebleeding prices)

  4. MikeG says:

    Interesting comparing initial releases of the Tesla S and 3 were RWD, while Porsche is AWD and may add RWD later. Maybe Porsche is confident about AWD, while Tesla chooses a less risky drive configuration?

    Tesla later dropped the RWD MS and selling only AWD version to differentiate from the Model 3.

    1. R.S says:

      In the price class where the Porsche and Tesla are, RWD isn’t really popular. The Panama only offers RWD for the base engine and Tesla now removed RWD, too.

  5. alohart says:

    Why not use one motor powering each wheel rather than developing an electronically-controlled limited-slip differential? Each wheel powered by its own motor would offer the ultimate in control. These motors could be centrally located and connected to each wheel by a half-shaft to avoid the substantial unsprung weight of hub motors.

    1. floydboy says:

      Rimac does this. The setup allows for a dizzying array of driveline setups.

      1. wavelet says:

        Ditto for the Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive, of which <100 were made — it had a motor per wheel.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercedes-Benz_SLS_AMG#SLS_AMG_Electric_Drive_(2013)

  6. Igor says:

    “The quickest of the bunch will do the sprint to 60 mph (96 kph) in approximately 3.5 seconds”
    The Panamera Turbo Hybrid Wagon already does 3.2 to 60 mph. The 3.5 will be the slowest

    1. Brian says:

      They won’t want to alienate their customer base by making a car quicker than a Model S. The Mission E will shine one the track but can’t lake a 911 look bad.

      1. floydboy says:

        Don’t buy that!

      2. dinhh68 says:

        “The Mission E will shine one the track” <– ROTFLOL

    2. pjwood1 says:

      Yes, but can you see the ICE driver going through all that launch control choreography, when all the Mission E will have to do is stomp? The owners that drive these cars will opt for “easy”.

      From silent rest or 1k RPM, I’d be curious if the ICE Panamera weren’t >.3 slower? Otherwise, the noise can make a driver look silly, when an EV rolls off without contest. -These drivers don’t like looking like “tools”, either.

  7. James says:

    OMG The Tesla Roaster stole some key design elements, like the tears on the headlights and the back. Now that’s rude. Take a look http://www.automobilemag.com/news/dream-day-2018-porsche-911-gt2-rs-and-2020-porsche-mission-e/

    1. floydboy says:

      Or not?! Sheesh!

    2. pjwood1 says:

      Good link. Tells me:
      +2nd gear will help the tester’s post-75mph performance
      -they aren’t very far along (dash/gearing/single motor)
      +they’ve gapped the battery tray, for better rear seating with feet not on the batteries.

  8. floydboy says:

    Is it the camouflage, or is it looking lees like the concept and more like the Panamera.

    1. SouthWaves says:

      +1…looks like a Mission Panamera now…but still a beautiful car for me. This plus and electric Macan and Model S and X will have serious competition. Why would some people try to compare this with the Roadster 2.0?, what could a 200k or 250k roadster have in common with an 85k 4 door sedan?

      1. Mint says:

        Because it’s a Porsche. The 911 starts at $91k but the Turbo S is ~$200k. The Panamera starts at $85k but the fastest version costs $185k+.

        In terms of excitement from car guys, I think makes perfect sense to compare Porsche’s top offering with Tesla’s.

  9. Jason says:

    I don’t get it. Tesla has this big sedan with 1 front motor and 1 rear motor. No fancy limited slip differential, no fancy torque vectoring, and it seems to have the fastest acceleration and decent handling (at least it sounds that way reading the forums). Simpler seems better in the EV world, but these ICE manufacturers only know complex now and it is costing huge investment with less impressive return.
    Hope they figure it out soon.

    1. dinhh68 says:

      You read it correctly. My S100D handles great! Low and evenly distributed CG is the main key… unlike my sold POS 2015 benz S550 class

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