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Porsche’s Upcoming Tesla Killer Is A Lot More Affordable Than You Think

The future of supercars is…electric.

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The world is now closer to receiving a real Tesla competitor with Porsche announcing the date and pricing for the production version of its Mission E electric supercar.

The concept which was revealed two years ago was designed to showcase the German automaker’s E-Performance line which focuses on making their future range of hybrid and full electric cars move with haste and efficiency.

Fast forward to this year’s Frankfurt Auto Show and Porsche CEO Oliver Blume has told Car Magazine that public trials of the car will be happening soon whilst the final production model is “very close” to completion.

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The juicy news though? Blume is expecting the Mission E to arrive at the end of 2019 with a price tag from just US$85,000 (AU$106,000 before adjustments).

That still puts it a step ahead of the Tesla Model S in terms of pricing (Tesla Model S 100D starts from $94,000 in the U.S), but what you’re getting is proven German engineering with an illustrious track record across various motorsport disciplines. In other words it’s the kind of reputation which will ensure the Mission E can corner and sprint from 0-100km/h in under 3.5 seconds via a 440kW (600hp) electric motor.

Porsche have also tinkered with the battery pack to include shorter charging times without sacrificing the feel of a lightweight sportscar. As such, drivers can expect a range of more than 500km on a single charge whilst the car’s 350kW fast-charging system can charge the battery up to 80 percent (roughly 400km range) in just 15 minutes.

We’ll bring you more news as it arrives.

  • Graham Sutton

    As a Tesla S owner Im really impressed with the Porsche attempt to reclaim the EV performance crown from the P100DL. I hope this is not just old auto focusing on the bells and whistles when its pretty much useless without a Tesla rivalling supercharger network. I dont see sufficient action on the infrastructure to meet the impending launch date and as such it may remain a local commute vehicle/toy and that’s a waste.
    However for the first time Tesla will have someone else to bench mark against for the forthcoming roadster, given the way the P100DL performs as a 5/7 seat salon car i think the oft used phase “Tesla Killer” is to be taken with a pinch of salt.

  • JF

    Why “kill” tesla at all? We have room for a few more automakers as it is,.its not like Tesla has some sort of monopoly that the remaining automakers are forced to try and break.

    Elan got into this business to push an otherwise stagnant industry and prove electric cars are viable. So you cant kill Tesla by building an electric car, no matter how much power, speed, range it has… just the act of building it makes Tesla the winner. Mission accomplished.

    If Tesla never releases another model after the 3, they will die as a martyr to their cause, having changed the automotive landscape forever. In a way, that makes them unkillable.

  • Stephen Waybright

    I’m pretty sure that’s not how their share holder/investors will look at it.

  • The Didhedied

    Its how they already do look at it.

  • John Siviour

    400m on 15min charge????

  • John Siviour

    Sorry 400km

  • JF

    Of course not, the investors have made a bet that he can turn Tesla into a leading car manufacturer… and I for one hope they are right.

    My point is that every time I read an article suggesting that some automaker or another is going to release an electric car that will “kill” Tesla I chuckle.

    According to those same automakers, Tesla should never have taken its first breath… remember, they all said things like electric cars weren’t viable/ready, no one wanted them, and no one would buy them. Yet now, according to the media, they now all want to kill Tesla.

  • Michael Reali

    Why create a separate charging network with dedicated technology and protocols? It seems strangely stupid to do so. Tesla has a large head start and has plans to expand well beyond what Porsche could put together, so just make the car compatible with the Tesla supercharger network. Or will hubris prevent that common sense approach?

  • Graham Sutton

    Elon did say years back other manufacturers could use their network, they would have to pay of course, however I would think that moment has passed as Tesla are expanding the network double quick in readiness for the big ramp up of model 3, bays will be at a premium. Porsche is part of the group that are saying there will be a higher voltage higher power CCS plugged system in place and Im presuming this car is designed for this new system, that new system feeds double the voltage compared to Tesla and pretty much double the power so is not compatible.
    Tesla made the choice reluctantly to put in their own system because what was in place was patchy, unreliable and disjointed and the experience of owning a Tesla would be ruined, not something to be taken lightly but they have delivered in spades on that, its superb.
    Not just any car can plug in, the chargers are intelligent and communicate with the cars, I know how many bays are free before i get there as i can see in on my sat nav. I know the charger is functioning as the car reports in ok and will direct me there (never known one not function).
    I just cant see other manufactures getting their act together in time or the car to charger comms working this seamlessly . If its left to governments it will be a useless hotchpotch that takes years and years to sort out, pretty much what we have now on the non Tesla front.

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