Porsche Aims to Win Back Tesla Defectors With Electric High Performers

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Porsche Aims to Win Back Tesla Defectors With Electric High Performers

Separately, Porsche expects the cross-utility variant of its all-electric Mission E sports vehicle to attract at least 20,000 buyers if it gets approved for production, Steiner said.

On Tuesday, Porsche introduced Mission E Cross Turismo at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. This powertrain is enough to get the CUV from 0-100km/h in under 3.5 seconds before topping out at 250km/h. An all-wheel drive electric SUV concept, Porsche is gauging customer reaction to a Tesla Model X rival.

The Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo comes with rugged offroad tires, and elevated body with greater ground clearance.

Oliver Blume, the chief executive of Porsche AG, said the Mission E Cross Turismo was a vision for the future. It can also charge 100km range in just four minutes and be charged using a wireless induction mat, charging dock or Porsche home energy system with solar panels.

Porsche says the Mission E Cross Turismo is already fit for the road, with the company confirming a production model based on this concept for next year. He said it is "a unique concept that has instant appeal" and that it is a "good proposal for series production very soon".

Porsche also says it will be able to deliver those quick starts in succession, reminding us yet again that Tesla's early performance launch control systems were only capable of delivering maximum acceleration twice in succession before entering a cool-down state. Porsche's newest EV concept promises offload prowess with 310 miles of range and superfast charging with 250 miles added in just 15 minutes. For now, it is just a concept auto, but it will morph into a production model next year alongside the regular Mission E.

The Porsche is also equipped with four-wheel steering and an adjustable air suspension that can raise or lower the Cross Turismo by two inches.

Powertrain-wise, the Cross Turismo looks a lot like the fastback: two synchronous electric motors adding up to "over 600 hp", which yields 0-62 miles per hour sprints under 3.5 seconds and 0-124 miles per hour runs under 12 seconds. The seats are definitely concept fodder (same story in the rear cargo area), but some minor changes would make for a production-ready interior.

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