New 2019 Porsche Mission E electric GT: Mark Webber takes it for a spin

21 May, 2018 12:24pm Jonathan Burn

The electric Porsche Mission E and Former F1 driver Mark Webber come together on Porsche’s test track

Mark Webber, the famous racing driver, was given the keys to the upcoming all-electric Porsche Mission E at Porsche’s test facility in Weissach. In a video released by the German brand, Mr Webber describes the 592bhp Mission E as a “game changer”.

The Mission E is arguably the marque’s most radical model in its 87-year history – being its first ever all-electric production vehicle. The electric 4-door is to spearhead Porsche’s long-term electrification plans, with a range of plug-in hybrids and full EVs set to join it in the future.

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The first signal from Porsche that it was to build a fully electric car came in 2015, when it showed off the Mission E concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show. While the production model will get a new name, it will be unveiled fully in early 2019, with customers taking delivery later that year.

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Prototypes of the electric saloon disguised as Panameras have been undergoing development testing for several months. Although the Mission E shares a similar silhouette to the Panamera saloon, the Tesla Model S rival will be more compact and cheaper; entry-level versions priced between £60,000 and £70,000 mean it will carry only a small premium over its main rival.

Previewed in our exclusive images, the Mission E will bear a close resemblance to the concept in shape and style, but the rear-hinged back doors and matrix LED headlamps will be adapted for production. Features such as the flared haunches, LED tail-light strip and coupe-like rear end will remain to echo the looks of the 911 sports car.

The concept generates nearly 600bhp via a lithium-ion battery and two electric motors, one on each axle. Porsche claimed this would allow the Mission E to cover 0-62mph in under 3.5 seconds, hit a top speed of 155mph and cover upwards of 300 miles on a single charge.

This version of the Mission E is expected to be the flagship model; Porsche has invested a further 500million Euros (£437million) into its electrification strategy to develop additional versions of the car. The variants, of which there is likely to be three, will vary from around 400bhp up to 600bhp. Porsche CEO Oliver Blume told us: “We will think of different options and there will be more than one, with different levels of power.”

All-wheel drive is expected to be standard on all versions initially, but there is the possibility of Porsche launching a more affordable rear-wheel-drive edition in the future. It also plans a crossover version of the car, as previewed by the Cross Turismo concept that made its debut at March’s Geneva Motor Show.

Over-the-air updates will be possible on the Mission E, upgrading on-board infotainment systems and safety tech, but also offering to boost power if the customer wishes. The new architecture the car introduces will be used as a base for a fully electric model from Bentley.

Porsche’s commitment to Mission E variants comes as part of a wider investment in the brand’s electrification strategy. The firm will double total investment up to 6bn Euros by 2022, spending on everything from a rapid charging infrastructure to hybrid and electric versions of its existing range.

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