Porsche Says Unlike Tesla’s Cars, Mission E’s Performance Will Be Consistent

Porsche is very confident in the upcoming all-electric Mission E. So much so that it recently took a dig at Tesla during an in-house interview.

Prompted by the statement “One of the US-based manufacturers boasts that its vehicle can manage 0-100 km/h in under three seconds,” Weckbach didn’t hold back.

“But only twice – the third attempt will fail. The system is throttled. Porsche drivers won’t need to worry about anything like that happening. The Mission E will offer reproducible performance and a top speed which can be maintained for long periods. And that’s not all. The longitudinal and lateral dynamics of the Mission E will be typical of a Porsche and represent a real treat for any driver,” he said.

Porsche is keeping specific performance details under wraps but Weckbach did say that the 800 V architecture on which the Mission E is based will allow it to charge in just 20 minutes for roughly 400 km of mileage.

As with any Porsche, handling dynamics are also an important part of the Mission E. Consequently, the firm has invested a lot of time and money to ensure the Mission E is fitting of the Porsche badge.

“Our vehicle is a four-door sport saloon that can carry up to five people, with a very low centre of gravity thanks to the underfloor battery and all possible refinements to the chassis. Driving performance combined with driving pleasure – everyone is in for quite a surprise,” Weckbach said.

Four weeks ago, Porsche production boss Albrecht Reimold revealed that the company will soon start installing equipment for Mission E production at its Zuffenhausen plant. Construction of production-spec Mission Es will commence in 2019 and initially, the facility will have the ability to build 20,000 units annually.

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  • U8INIT

    Site unseen I believe they will deliver…

  • Mission E for Me

    This is the EV my wife and I have been waiting for and it’s almost here. Porsche, not Lexus, is truly the pursuit of perfection. I was interested in the first Tesla Model S when it was released, but Porsche offers so much more as a business and a brand.

    • I would be sold too, if they had a super charging network like Tesla does, but without that I don’t see why I would buy one. Start investing in the infrastructure already.

  • ErnieB

    Tesla is fudged.. especially if they price it around the same price..

    • TheBelltower

      Hardly. Tesla has a huge head start when it comes to R&D, dealer network, charging infrastructure and vertical integration. Porsche (VW) still is in the pocket of their suppliers, dealers, the oil industry, and an entire infrastructure that’s centered around ICE vehicles. Everyone is saying how easy it is to build EV’s and catch up to Tesla. Yet it’s all just been a bunch of gum-flapping. I’m excited about the prospect of a Porsche EV. But given the commitment shown toward EV’s until now by conventional automakers, I’m not going to hold my breath.

  • Walk the walk, don’t talk the talk, dear German manufacturers.

    • PK

      oh trust me. the germans are coming.

  • Adilos Nave

    Tesla has a lot to be concerned about with numerous new products being released by true car manufacturers. Looking forward to seeing this upcoming Porsche along with the Jaguar. Again, electric cars made by actual car companies and not a bunch of coders.

    • PK

      don’t forget audi, bmw and mercedes benz.

    • NONE OF THEM WOULD BE DOING IT IF IT WEREN’T FOR TESLA.

  • LWOAP

    It’s like that, Porsche? lol

  • Enter Ranting

    Yeah, Porsche, and you also said you had “clean diesels.”

    • LWOAP

      No, that was Volkswagen. Porsche is a part of VAG but they weren’t the ones putting cheat devices on their diesel powered vehicles.

      • Enter Ranting

        Pretty sure the diesel engines were shared between VW, Audi and Porsche.

  • Charlie Medina’s Smiling Coach

    The germans will mow Telsa. Have a look at the model 3. Terrible build quality because Musk over promised and is under delivering. The germans won’t be first to market, but they will be the best. In my view the real threats are Porsche at the top end and VW at the bottom end of the market. When you can buy an all electric Golf or with GTi/R performance for a price between the current GTi and R, it’s game over. If you are spending big bucks, do you want a Porsche in the driveway, or a Tesla? Which car will have better dynamics and build quality? Meanwhile Musk is launching cars into space to divert attention from his company’s financial woes. Game over.

  • Craig

    A silly thing to say.

  • Finkployd

    Ok fellas so if you ever need to do more than two drag races in a row with your family aboard, this is the car for you

  • brn

    As much as I like to see Tesla called out, I have a question for Porsche. How many times do you need to do a 2.9 sec 0-60 run? When did Porsche become a dragster company? I guess that’s two questions.

    Porsche is well liked by a different audience. Pandering to Tesla’s claims, only solidifies Tesla’s place as a competitor.

  • TALK IS CHEAP.

  • I would believe it, Porsche has the edge on dynamics, but yeah Tesla is not exactly a performance car per say, sure it has amazing 0-60. But those heavy battery makes the dynamic rather average. So I would be curious how Mission E turns out to be.

  • TheBelltower

    We shall see. I know they “can” do it. But I strongly believe that internal and external influences will prevent them from doing it in a meaningful way. It isn’t as if they haven’t had the opportunity.

    • Matthew Boyd

      I’m sure you’re an automotive guy, and if you are, you should know that time and time again, it’s not who does it first, but who does it best. Tesla makes some not so pretty vehicles I must say, but they perform very well and have excellent range. I say not so pretty because their entire team isn’t experienced enough in the automotive/engineering and design realm in comparison to some century old companies to make a presentable vehicle with the technology they provide. I read your comments above and it made me think of something you didn’t. Tesla unfortunately are sitting ducks to the larger manufactures.

      The analogy I’ll present to you is when Maurice Green held the 100m dash record. No one thought his record could be beat. Until Tim Montgomery came along, then Asafa Powell, then Justin Gatlin, and now Usain Bolt. Those other competitors are sitting and watching and finding the best way to make an EV better than the competition, while Tesla is only competing with itself. They cannot get better or advance themselves with no competition. It’s a dangerous position to be in.

  • An Existing Person

    Leave it to Porsche to make EVs interesting and actually exciting.

  • benT

    You know yo have better product when you see your (self-chosen) opposition dumping on your own product.
    Tesla is so far ahead of the game they are lost to the forward vision of the other car makers.

  • Vassilis

    Tesla deserves recognition for bringing a revolution but now that mainstream manufacturers will follow their lead they’ll be in massive trouble.

    • brn

      Which is what Elon has always said was his goal.

      • Vassilis

        Yeah I remember reading that but at the end of the day Tesla is a car manufacturer that wants to do well in the long term. How will that happen if mainstream manufacturers beat them at their own game?

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