Porsche Taycan name confirmed for production version of Mission E

  • Porsche Taycan name confirmed for production version of Mission E

Porsche Taycan name confirmed for production version of Mission E

The name can be roughly translated as "lively young horse", referencing the imagery at the heart of the Porsche crest, which has featured a leaping steed since 1952. It's an apt title for the freshest model in Porsche's stable.

The German automaker announced it at the opening ceremony for the "70 years of the Porsche sports car" special exhibition at the Porsche Museum today.

The four-seater electric sports vehicle due to roll off production lines in 2019 has so far been known as Mission E.

"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".

Powered by two synchronous motors generating more than 600 hp, the Taycan can do 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than 3.5 seconds.

All-wheel drive is expected to be standard on all versions initially, but there is the possibility of Porsche launching a more affordable rear-wheel-drive edition in the future. Some of the spotted cars have been wearing exhaust exit surrounds that were fake and fitted to hide the car's identity. Porsche both needs electrification to comply with tougher emissions rules and is embracing the technology because it allows for sporty driving that dovetails with the brand, he said. Porsche claims that multiple launches in a row will be possible without a loss in performance, and maximum range will be over 300 miles, per testing under New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) standards that are usually a bit more generous than US ones.

This version of the Taycan is expected to be the flagship model; Porsche has invested a further 500million Euros (£437million) into its electrification strategy to develop additional versions of the auto.

The company says it plans to invest more than 6 billion euros (a bit more than $7 billion) in EVs over the next four years, doubling the investment it had originally planned.