In an interview with Car and Driver, Porsche EV development boss Stefan Weckbach said the Mission E’s platform “will be ready” for two-door coupes and convertibles. Weckbach didn’t necessarily confirm plans for these model but he did reveal the company is “definitely discussing rear-wheel drive options right now.”
Despite hinting at the possibility of rear-wheel drive variants, it appears they would be limited to entry-level models as the head of electric vehicle development said the most powerful versions of the Mission E will have all-wheel drive. Weckbach also suggested these high-performance models will have a curb weight that is nearly identical to the Panamera which tips the scales at 4,001 lbs (1,814 kg) in its base configuration.
While the company is considering a handful of electric vehicles based on the Mission E’s J1 platform, it appears a crossover isn’t one of them. As Weckbach explained, the purpose-built architecture hasn’t been designed to accommodate high-floor vehicles. However, that problem will be solved when the company introduces the PPE architecture which is being developed with Audi.
The Mission E is expected to be offered in a variety of different configurations and the range-topping model could use a setup similar to the Mission E Cross Turismo concept. The so-called “cross-utility vehicle” recently debuted at the Geneva Motor Show with an electric powertain that consisted of two motors that produced a combined output in excess of 600 PS (441 kW). This enabled the all-wheel drive model to accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.5 seconds.