Electric Porsche Mission E Benchmarked Against Teslas In Its Spy Debut

Porsche has started testing the all-electric Mission E on public roads, with our spies spotting plenty of production-bodied prototypes next to some Teslas for obvious benchmarking purposes.

The prototypes were spotted outside Porsche’s R&D center in Weissach, wearing lots of masking tape, fake light stickers and exhaust tips in a bid to hide their identity, but the overall design clearly indicates that the final car will retain much of the concept’s sporty silhouette.

The production version of the Mission E will be based on a different EV platform than the one to be used on Audi’s E-Tron electric SUV, one that has a lower floor to better suit the character of the electric Porsche.

Porsche is reportedly gunning for a driving range of more than 330 miles, with the Mission E to feature a pair of electric motors with ‘over 600PS’ in total and a 0-200km/h (124mph) in less than 12 seconds. The company will also give the production Mission E the 800-volt technology it previewed on the concept, which will allow shorter charging times and less weight.

The target is for the Porsche Mission E to offer an 80 percent charge in just 15 minutes, something that will be a true game-changer in the EV market. The company is also working on a Level 4 autonomous system for the Mission E, as well as over-the-air software updates, just like Tesla does with its models.

Porsche’s target is to launch the all-electric Mission E in the market by 2020, so stay tuned for more info.

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  • Six_Tymes

    Like i said many years ago, many times, Elon woke the industry up. This is proof.

    • Vanquish

      yeah YOU said that nobody else

      • Six_Tymes

        plenty of posts many times mocked me. only until recently have YOU and other realize its true. THANK ELON

    • S3XY

      This is a rEVolution. Tesla is the Disruptor. Tesla is the Juggernaut. All car makers are forced to change their ways or they’ll be left in the past. Everyone is shook. “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

      • Auf Wiedersehen

        There is some truth to that…they are fighting now, and some better at than others….but they all have VERY deep pockets and MUCH bigger staff to handle all Elon is trying to do on his own but he is not out of the woods yet. I hope the best for him because I think he’s a brilliant guy, a little out there on some projects but a pretty smart guy…but I ain’t drinking no Kool-Aid. Chug-a lug Mr S3XY.

        And you know voting up your own posts cancels out right?

    • John

      no… the video where a porsche spinned out of control trying to catch up to a Tesla woke the industry up. lol

  • Dennis James

    Finally some real, tangible movement for Tesla competition…I am tired of flashy “concepts”, it’s time for real, road-going cars !

    • Gregory Cassanova

      Hell yeah

    • nastinupe

      Porsche doesn’t BS when it comes to their research and development. They decide on something and move forward with no hesitation. Unlike Audi that just makes concept after concept with no materialization.

  • Donal Maher

    This is the beginning of the end for Tesla unless they can start making profits and improve their interiors.
    The major OEMs know how to build luxury interiors and are now getting the hang of electric tech as evidenced here.
    With established dealer networks and customer loyalty established over years, they will regain the dominant position quite quickly.

    • fabri99

      Well, I think that’s inevitable. Tesla have made the best of their advantage and while contenders were catching up they managed to establish their brand as “the Apple of cars”. Now it’s time to improve quality and actually prove not to be all talk and no trousers.

      • Donal Maher

        Yup. They need to adapt or get swallowed up.
        Thing is, their profitability and lack of dealer network is really going to hamper this.
        I know Musk can still pile more money into it, but, he hasn’t got infinite money and it has the potential to be a bottomless pit. He is also trying to fund the HyperLoop and Space-X expansion, and the Boring Company at the same time….
        It’ll be interesting to watch it develop.

        • fabri99

          Very interesting. Another thing is Musk’s popularity. That’s going to help him a lot, I’m pretty sure he could convinced a great deal of people to crowdfund his projects. He’s got a lot on the plate, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he will sort it all out.

          • Auf Wiedersehen

            Or die trying…

        • Auf Wiedersehen

          He definitely has too many irons in the fire. I think THAT will prove to be a mistake that will kill Tesla. All the ventures he has are big money and require a lot of time devoted to each of them. He wants to control them all and one man can not do the effectively. It will get interesting in the next 5 years. Can Musk pull Tesla to full capacity while keeping quality in check or will Tesla be driven back to a niche project by the big players who plan to have their own high quality EV’s en masse very soon?

        • S3XY

          Tesla needs to adapt? Geez these gas fumes are really messing up your guy’s heads.

          • Donal Maher

            Yes, they do. They still aren’t making any money.
            It is not sustainable. Basic business.
            And, experienced established OEMs are being up to speed now, as I said, and will match or better what they’re doing, while making profit!

    • botornot387

      Truth. Most likely, Tesla will merge with another automaker. Elon once said in an interview, he doesn’t want to run Tesla forever, and would sell after the Model 3. Whether thats the case will remain to be seen.

    • S3XY

      Tesla is Daddy. Porsche is their son. Tesla has the charging network. Porsche has none.

      • Donal Maher

        Porsche has dealer support, reliability, luxurious interiors, a premium badge etc. Tesla had newness and unique thinking, but, that is not enough to sustain them.

  • Kingsley Mpofu

    Was hoping they kept the sucide doors

  • fabri99

    This may be the first time I’m truly excited for a electric vehicle. Porsche has the know-how to make a wonderful car and everything looks very promising.

    • S3XY

      Model S has been out since 2012.

      • Gregory Cassanova

        Yes…but I don’t think he was truly excited by it?

      • Auf Wiedersehen

        Your point?

      • fabri99

        Let’s hope it goes back in soon then.

  • Tinky-Winky

    Don’t hope to get it for the price of Tesla.

  • Vanquish

    This thing will still cost more than a Tesla thats a guarantee…..anything with Porsche on it is prestige priced

    • PK

      same for mercedes, bmw, audi and the rest of the prestige brand out there that will est an electric car.

      • Vanquish

        No Im going to have to disagree with that…every Porsche compared to a German counterpart is some 15% to 30% more when equipped the same except the R8…..When a base Macan runs as much as an SQ5 a newer version of the car its based on when optioned thats outrageous. Since when were power seats considered options on any high end car, or leather seats, keyless start and entry, body color trim, an automatic, all are thousands of dollars on a Porsche when added on. Audi, BMW, and Mercedes are trying to compete their electric and plug ins have reasonably priced relatively Porsche sells on name and those more concerned with badges than anything else will gladly overpay.

  • Honda NSX-R

    I hope this has a good range.

  • TheBelltower

    Looks good and sounds good. Chiefly, I’m mostly interested in the charging infrastructure. Tesla has that covered. After living with a non-Tesla EV for many years, and the shoddy charging infrastructure, I succumbed and bought a Tesla. Nothing was more frustrating than pulling up to a ratty looking DC charging station and finding it out of service, while beautifully designed and lit Tesla superchargers were lined-up ten yards away. If Porsche’s 800V technology works, I’ll buy one of these in a couple years.

  • Blade t

    Funny about the fake exhaust tips….

    • fgclolz

      I think not seeing exhaust tips on a car will look weird for a while.

      • S3XY

        That makes no sense.

        • fgclolz

          Fixed.

  • enthusia

    i’ve been feeling so indifferent towards porsche for years, but this has me very intrigued.

  • Rolan Volante

    Good, Tesla will be having fierce competition in 2021.

    • S3XY

      Ha.

      • Auf Wiedersehen

        Wait-a-minute! Elon!! Is that you!? OMG! It IS isn’t it!?

        • exeptor

          You’ve got seriously frustrated by this persona. Don’t. No need to waste your time. She/He is like that all the time …. and we used to it.

          • Auf Wiedersehen

            Nah, I just like to poke back at those being silly…something to show how stupid they’re sounding. :p)

  • SteersUright

    Ok, Tesla will soon be in serious trouble. It does not have the engineering resources and automotive know-how, nor the brand cache that Porsche does. However, do expect Porsche to take 2 generations at least to sort out their new high-performance EV sedan, so Tesla has a bit of breathing room. Still, this doesn’t bode well for their mid-term outlook. Look for it to try and get bought out for its tech/patents, by another automaker.

  • Tinky-Winky

    I thought S3XY was just a very passionate EV fan, turns out he’s Musk’s personal f**kboy. Also: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ce755b8267d85217305d61318073c4947f96ef2ab4acf2084e197b2595062562.png

  • LWOAP

    So it’s finally happening, huh? Well, I can’t say I’m surprised. I just didn’t think it would be so soon.

  • Astonman

    I get the feeling Elon is more interested in supplying batteries to the world. That is easier and more profitable in the long run than building cars. That’s why he allowed other companies to access Tesla’s patents. It’s the new “oil”