Porsche Taycan is the name for the production Mission E

09 June, 2018, 21:00 | Author: Mary Valdez
  • Porsche 911 Mission E Rendering

The name of the Porsche Mission E concept's production version has been revealed.

The Taycan has been dubbed the "Tesla-slayer" by some automotive journalists. Loathe it? Let us know what you think of the Taycan name in the comments section below. Some of the spotted cars have been wearing exhaust exit surrounds that were fake and fitted to hide the car's identity.

The electric sports auto is expected to go on sale at the end of 2019. 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. Of the additional three billion Euros, some 500 million Euros will be used for the development of Taycan variants and derivatives, around one billion Euros for electrification and hybridization of the existing product range, several hundred million for the expansion of production sites, and around 700 million Euros for new technologies, charging infrastructure, and smart mobility.

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Porsche has been using the Mission E codename quite publicly for a couple years now, since the concept's first debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015. 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.

Over-the-air updates will be possible on the Porsche Taycan, upgrading on-board infotainment systems and safety tech, but also offering to boost power if the customer wishes. It will have two highly capable electric motors, one powering the rear axle and the other the front axle. The new architecture the vehicle introduces will be used as a base for a fully electric model from Bentley. The name was confirmed today, at the official opening of the "70 Years Porsche Sportscar" special exhibition at the Porsche Museum in the Zuffenhausen district of Stuttgart, Germany.

"Our new electric sports auto is strong and dependable; it's a vehicle that can consistently cover long distances and that epitomizes freedom", says Oliver Blume, chairman of Porsche AG's executive board, in an offhand swat at the Tesla Model S.

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