Future Cars: 2020 Porsche Mission E Takes Game Right Into Tesla’s Face

Would you believe Porsche’s stunning Mission E concept debuted all the way back at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show? Time flies doesn’t it.

Since then, the German sports car manufacturer has been hard at work developing a production version of the Mission E, and initial indications are that it’s staying true to the concept. Let’s take an illustrated closer look at what to expect.

Jaw-dropping Design:

Make no mistake about it, the concept was breathtakingly beautiful. Luckily, recently-spied test mules indicate the production version will carry over a near-identical styling.

However, there are some subtle changes at the front end. The lower grille area is a tad more 3-dimensional, yet fussier in execution. Headlights appear less recessed and the cutline on the front fenders no longer join up with the front doors – this is due to a charging port now being located in that fender space.

Moving to the sides, the greenhouse has been massaged longer towards the back, improving rear occupant access. The lower sills have lost their scalloped styling, although this may change for the final product. Perhaps the most impressive view is of the rear as the concept’s powerful stance with broad haunches remains, with only the subtlest changes in lower diffuser and an actual trunk opening.


* Porsche Mission E Concept Interior pictured above

Neck-snapping Performance:

Porsche’s all-electric model will mimic the Mission E concept’s 600 horses, via two electric motors, which bodes well for performance figures, doesn’t it? Expect a 0-60 mph launch in less than 3 seconds.

The internally code-named “J1” will utilize a battery pack with an estimated range north of 310 miles (about 500 km). To make life easier, Porsche have confirmed its Turbo electric Charging system will make an appearance; this means an 80 percent recharge should be achievable within 15 minutes.

In Europe, this will be possible by using a charging network jointly developed by Porsche, BMW, Audi, Ford and Daimler. Porsche claims it can charge at a capacity of up to 320kW per vehicle – imagine how much faster those charging times could be by utilizing solid-state batteries.

Out-handling the Competition:

To be frank, if Porsche would have one advantage over competitors such as the Tesla Model S, BMW’s i Vision Dynamics and Fisker Emotion – it’s in sports car pedigree.

Whilst the aforementioned are more luxurious-oriented, the Mission E will offer a driving experience that driving enthusiasts crave for (sans any authentic engine noise of course). An electric vehicle that handles as great as it accelerates and looks? Where do I sign!

So when can we expect an official launch and some wheel time? Sources place it landing in 2019 at the earliest, with a similar starting price to the entry-level Panamera that begins at around $85,000. Additional variants and performance versions are anticipated to come on stream later down the track.

Tell us what you think of the production-spec Mission E in the comments below.

By Josh Byrnes

Photo Renderings Copyright Carscoops / Josh Byrnes

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PORSCHE MISSION E CONCEPT

  • Mynameis Taylor

    I love it

  • nastinupe

    Sounds like a dream come true. I just wonder how much usable trunk space it’s going to have. As a married father of two I need space for four plus ample cargo space.

    • IF THEY USE A SKATEBOARD PLATFORM LIKE THE MODEL S IT SHOULD BE HUGE. IT CAN SEAT UP TO SEVEN WITH FRONT AND REAR STORAGE.

  • OdysseyTag

    Love the interior especially.

  • pjl35

    Yet another rendering fail. Why make the front so squared off and boxy in comparison to the concept and the spy shots of the production version. NOT ACCURATE.

  • EIGHT YEARS AFTER THE RELEASE OF THE MODEL S, HARDLY “INTO TESLA’S FACE”.

    • Six_Tymes

      HA! A very true point.

    • David

      Damm right, you totally hit the nail on the head!

    • Carenthusiast

      Yeah true .. By 2020, 2nd Gen Model S will be out which is gonna be better than current one in terms of tech, autonomous features, range etc

  • LWOAP

    Why didn’t you just use the spy shots instead? The production model won’t even have any of the styling cues from the concept – shame if you ask me – or this render.

  • Rocc E. Normyss

    I’m sure it’s nice and all, but that ‘jaw dropping’ front end is heinous!

  • c3vzn

    Oh my god that’s a poor rendering. You made a stunning car look abysmal.

  • SgtBeavis

    I’m very curious to see how these hold their resale. I just can’t bring myself to by an $85K+ car but I can be talked into one at $50-60K.

  • Bash

    It will look much nicer in real life.

  • Six_Tymes

    The render looks terrible. the E Concept pictures look fantastic.

  • Steve Cohn

    I saw the prototype pictures of Porsche’s Mission E test mules. The shape is not nearly as attractive as the Mission E concept. I’m hoping they will change it before production.

  • Arthur Burnside

    Probably longer range, faster recharge and faster acceleration, cornering with upgrades than Tesla’s “ludicrous” model ($130,000 plus). The Porche will actually beat the Teslas in every way, including price and, I’m quite certain, service and maintenance (Tesla service sucks).

  • BrucieBruce

    Sadly I think the Mission will look much more like a Panamera than it will the Mission Concept. The rear fender treatment of the mule looks much like a Panamera to my eye, whereas the concept looked much more like the 911. I hope to be pleasantly surprised by the final production model.

  • TheBelltower

    “2020 Porsche Mission E Takes Game Right Into Tesla’s Face”

    So does that mean that Porsche has a global fast charging network and an entire home system that can charge your car off the grid? Until Porsche, VW, BMW and other conventional carmakers realize that building an EV is more than the car itself, they might as well just keep focusing on ICE vehicles. Right now, at every rest stop on I95 from NYC to DC, there are rows of beautiful Tesla supercharger stations that will add 200 miles of range to your Model S or Model X during a bathroom break. Only some NJ rest stops have non-tesla chargers. But they are always out of service. The non-tesla “EVGo brand” stations have been broken for two months. Even when they were working, they were dark, ugly and slow compared to the Tesla superchargers. My last NY to DC trip in my BMW i3 was the absolute last straw, because the beautiful glow of Tesla chargers taunted me while I attempted unsuccessfully to use broken, ratty looking EVGo chargers. All of the automakers combined can’t figure out what Tesla alone has achieved in only a few years. It’s because none of the conventional brands are committed to doing this. And this is why I’ve placed an order for a Model X and I am turning in my BMW in December. Until we see something substantial and real from Porsche, BMW or VW, then I’m really not interested in the plans that they have for a swoopy looking sports sedan in 2020. These old car companies are too slow and they can’t get out of their own way.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    This is disappointing.

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