About two years ago Porsche uncovered its charming Mission E concept, which promised Tesla-matching range and performance with Porsche’s driving dynamic expertise. Now we finally get to see one on the road. It seems like the Mission E is rising up in its evolution, and since the car was being driven alongside both a Model S and a Model X, it looks like Porsche is being serious about taking on Tesla.
Nevertheless, focusing on the Porsche itself, the design does seem like it has remarkably toned down. The ultra-low hood and extra-tall fenders of the concept have been raised and lowered relatively for a much less noticeable nose. The bulging fenders have also been stiffed a bit.
But the look in general still retreats from the concept. The car is still very low in profile, with a low belt line. In trademark Porsche fashion, the rear fenders still look wide, and they’re highlighted by the wide corporate taillight band on the back. There are other details from the concept such as the side vents on the fenders, the big diffuser at the tail, and the vents in the front bumper that come down from the headlights. Those headlights also look to be resembling slim units to the concept’s. Another fun detail that you can notice are the faux exhaust tips on the back to throw off spy photographers and passers-by.
Porsche earlier said that the Mission E would reach production by 2020, and as some people are saying, it should go on sale in 2019. As you look at the photos you can see how complete the cars are, and based on that you might think that the odds of the company reaching their goals are pretty high. You are not mistaken. When the concept was shown, Porsche promised 590 horsepower and, on the European test cycle, a range of over 310 miles. The thing that was also interesting was the concept’s claimed 800-volt electrical system that could be charged to 80 percent capacity in 15 minutes. As time passes by, we will see whether that system comes to realization , but at least Porche tested a little fragment of the system on its Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid race cars. Porsche is also looking for suitable price to sell the car for, and it goes around $80,000 to $90,000. All of these features put together would absolutely make for a compelling Tesla alternative.1