Still want to order that Panamera?
Today, Porsche’s Mission E concept was shown to the press at the IAA motor show, signalling the beginning of the mainstream industry’s fightback against the groundswell of Musk emanating from Tesla’s Silicon Valley headquarters. Using technology honed from their 919 Le Mans endurance racers and 918 hypercar, the numbers for Porsche’s putative Model S rival are impressive. Over 600hp, over 500km of driving range, 0-100km/h in under 3.5 seconds and an ultra-fast charging time of 15 minutes to reach a claimed 80 per cent charge, made possible by a new innovative 800-volt system, double the voltage of current electric vehicles.
But side-stepping the technological novelty embodied within Mission E, is the nature of the car’s styling itself. While Porsche to its very fingertips, the production version of this is possibly the first pure electric car likely to become a posterchild, adorning the desktops of youths from Mumbai to Michelstown – (or whatever passes as desktops amongst youths nowadays).
Not only does it blatantly show up the current Panamera for the misshapen lump it so clearly is, but also renders the forthcoming model virtually obsolescent a good year before launch. Who on earth would want a second gen-Panam when you could wait a little longer and stand a better than even chance of having something more like this.
While our in-house design experts critique the finer points of Mission E’s styling, I choose to dwell upon the striking similarity to the cancelled 989 concept we featured here at DTW a couple of months ago. World’s least influential motoring site? Don’t you believe it.