Porsche’s Mission E Tesla Fighter on Track for 2020 Launch

New spy photographs of a Porsche Mission E mule caught testing have emerged.

Development of the all-electric sports sedan is well underway and the photos suggest it is on course for a 2020 arrival date, according to British publication Autocar.

Three-and-ahalf years could be seen as a long way off given the rapidity of the auto industry’s product developments, and Tesl’s acceleration in particular. Might Tesla have developed new cars by then and the Mission E won’t be able to put up a tough fight?

This has been the more-common pro-Tesla reader comment saying Porsche is trying to have a car in 2020 competitive with one from 2016, but perhaps Porsche knows it is aiming for a moving target as well?

In any event, Codenamed J1, the car will be built on an all-new platform developed specifically around its electric drive system, which is different from the structure being developed by parent company Volkswagen for its new range of electric cars.

Last year during the concept car’s introduction at the Frankfurt Motor show, Chairman of the executive board Dr. Oliver Blume the vehicle will be quite competitive.

“We are resolutely taking on the challenge of electric mobility,” said Blume. “Even with solely battery-powered sports cars, Porsche is remaining true to its philosophy and offering our customers the sportiest and technologically most sophisticated model in this market segment.”

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Power for the four-door, four-seat sports car will be provided by two electric synchronous motors — one mounted on the front axle, the other at the rear providing drive to the rear wheels.

Porsche has yet to state the individual power for each motor, but says the combined output is 592 horsepower and 663 pounds-feet of torque.

Whether it might be able to go higher three years’ hence has not beed confirmed nor denied.

The Mission E is claimed to reach 62 mph from stop in under 3.5 seconds, have a 0-to-125 mph time of less than 12 seconds and run at its top speed of over 100 mph.

Driving range has been estimated at 310 miles, but is likely based on the generous New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) rating, not the more realistic EPA rating.

That means the range should be around 250-265 miles.

Porsche has not announced pricing, but since they have said the company is investing $1.1 billion in the Mission E program, it will be hefty.

Autocar