Goodbye Mission E, Hello Porsche Taycan

Porsche 911 Mission E Rendering Imagines An Enticing Electric Coupe

Porsche 911 Mission E Rendering Imagines An Enticing Electric Coupe

Porsche's first all-electric vehicle has been known so far as the Mission E, but the company made the announcement today that the production version of the vehicle will be called the "Taycan".

Porsche's upcoming all-electric vehicle that the Volkswagen Group has pledged to spend more than $1 billion developing will be called Taycan-a name that the company says is roughly translated as "lively, young horse" in a nod to its iconic emblem.

Prototypes of the Taycan electric saloon have been undergoing development testing for several months. Set to be priced somewhere in the $85,000 range, the Porsche Taycan will boast a 0-62 miles per hour time below 3.5 seconds and will have a top speed in excess of 155 miles per hour.

Porsche has christened its first electric sports vehicle. It also plans a crossover version of the auto, as previewed by the Cross Turismo concept that made its debut at March's Geneva Motor Show. Some of the spotted cars have been wearing exhaust exit surrounds that were fake and fitted to hide the car's identity. Although the Taycan 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. 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 vehicle.

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When the Taycan finally does debut in production form sometime in the second half of 2019, it will likely look different from the images we've grown used to, all of which depict the concept. First up will be new infrastructure to support the Taycan: a dedicated assembly area, electric motor manufacturing, and a new body shop, all in Stuttgart.

Porsche's commitment to Taycan variants comes as part of a wider investment in the brand's electrification strategy. But we're now one step closer to having a battery-electric Porsche on the road, which has at least one high-profile CEO likely sweating a bit more than before.

Stefan Weckbach, Head of the BEV Model Series at Porsche, recently said that they want to make their first all-electric vehicle feel "like a real Porsche."

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