Porsche Taycan: Mission E's production name revealed, here in 2020

11 June, 2018, 17:35 | Author: Sally Reid
  • Porsche 911 Mission E Rendering

Porsche has also shown a Mission E Cross Turismo concept, a wagon version of the electric auto.

The name translates loosely as "lively, young horse" from a Eurasian dialect- a nod to the firm's crest, which has featured a leaping horse since 1952. So now you know.

Before you worry that Porsche isn't Taycan care of business, the new name is actually pronounced tie-con.

"This principle is also shaping "the future of the sports car", with the Mission E, the series version of which will be launched on the market in 2019 as the first purely electrically powered Porsche, drawing on the experiences gained from the Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid".

Porsche has previously said the Taycan will cost about the same as a Panamera, which means it will go head to head with Tesla's Model S, delivering over 600bhp of electric power with 4WD, promising 0-62mph in well under 3.5 seconds and 0-124mph in under 12.0 seconds. Porsche claims this powertrain will allow the Taycan production vehicle to cover 0-62mph in under 3.5 seconds and 0-124mph in under 12s before hitting a top speed of 155mph.

"At Porsche, the vehicle names generally have a concrete connection with the corresponding model and its characteristics", the automaker points out. They're generally accepted as being more optimistic than the US's EPA tests, and we wouldn't be surprised to see the Taycan fall somewhere in the high-200s when those results are available.

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Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk's naming strategy is racier in a different way: He was shooting to have the Model Line up read S, E, X, Y, until Ford scuppered his "E".

Porsche will invest over $7 billion in electric vehicles and related technology by 2022. Prices are expected to start around $80,000 to $90,000.

When Porsche first announced that it would make an electric sedan at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show, some purists wondered if the company could keep its automotive soul without a gas-fueled power plant.

The company also marked the occasion by revealing a 911 Speedster Concept, an open-top version of its iconic sports auto.

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