Details about the Mission E, Porsche’s upcoming first all-electric vehicle, keep trickling down to the public ahead of the official launch in 2019.
Now, a new report suggests that the Porsche Mission E will start at about ~$75,000 with three performance trims.
Porsche invited Automobile Magazine to drive a prototype at their Weissach test track and then coincidently (or not), the magazine shared some new information from anonymous sources in their report on the test drive.
First off, the publication claims the vehicle will start at around $75,000:
“Expect the Mission E to be priced between the Cayenne and Panamera and in the neighborhood of the least expensive Tesla Model S, so figure in the $75,000 to $80,000 range to start. “
That will be for the base version because, again according to unnamed sources, the vehicle will be offered in three performance versions.
“According to those in the know, Porsche is definitely considering three Mission E models tentatively rated at 300 kW/402 hp, 400 kW/536 hp, and 500 kW/670 hp with badging that will mirror current lineup offerings. All-wheel drive will initially be standard equipment, but Porsche might later offer an entry-level rear-drive version. The front-wheel-drive module reportedly delivers 160 kW/215 hp at 16,000 rpm with a constant peak torque of 221 lb-ft. At full boost, Porsche can briefly claim some 325 lb-ft. There are two different specifications in the works for the rear-drive unit. While the base motor is rated at 240 kW/322 hp and 251 lb-ft, the performance version is good for 320 kW/429 hp and 406 lb-ft, sources say. The two-speed transmission is being developed to allow for full-throttle upshifts, and an electronically controlled limited-slip rear differential will be an option.”
Porsche apparently aims for its powertrain to be able to sustain power for long periods of time without overheating – long enough to manage some laps at the track or high-speeds on the autobahn.
Lastly, the publication also claims that they are going for a “real-world range of 300 miles” on a single charge.
The price is not really surprising since Porsche has made it clear that they are going after the Tesla Model S with this new vehicle.
The German automaker’s CEO recently admitted that Tesla is stealing away some customers and Mission E test mules were spotted being benchmarked against Tesla vehicles.
We expected the vehicle to start around the same price as the Model S or a little higher with options pushing pricing to around $140,000-$150,000, like the Model S P100D.
As for the performance, it’s about in line with what we expected after Porsche released a few specs. The claim for the range is a little more suspicious since they have only reported “over 310 miles of range” (500 km) NEDC in the past, which is likely closer to around 250 miles of real-world range.
Maybe that has changed and it would be welcomed because while those specs are all competitive with the Tesla Model S today, they will not necessarily be competitive with a Model S in 2 years, which is when Porsche plans to launch the Mission E.
Either way, the report provides some interesting insight into the Mission E program.