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Spied! Porsche Caught Flogging the Mission E on the Nurburgring

Looking like a track star already

Collin Woodard
Oct 26, 2017

When Motor Trend lined up this year's Best Driver's Car contenders for the World's Greatest Drag Race 7, we also brought out a Tesla Model S P100D. But despite its ludicrous straight-line acceleration, the Model S couldn't actually compete for Best Driver's Car since it couldn't complete a flat-out lap of Laguna Seca. It's a great car in a lot of ways, but it's not a track car. When Porsche's Tesla hunter, the Mission E, finally goes on sale though, it looks like it might actually be trackable, too.

Porsche Mission E track 5 Photo 2/9   |   Spied! Porsche Caught Flogging the Mission E on the Nurburgring

Recently, MT's spy photographers caught a Mission E prototype testing on the Nürburgring. It also doesn't look too different than it did the last time we caught it out testing with a few Teslas. Porsche has clearly made some changes from the concept we first saw back in 2015, adding in a few necessary production tweaks and working in some of the Panamera's styling. But it's still a good-looking car that will make a serious competitor for the Model S. And while it's still wearing a decent amount of camouflage, it does look well on its way to being production-ready.

2018 Porsche Panamera
$85,000 Base Model (MSRP) 21/28 MPG Fuel Economy

Interestingly, Porsche kept the fake exhaust tips on the prototype. Since it's fully electric, it would be nice to see those disappear before the Mission E goes into production. We're also hoping the camouflage on the front end means the production version will retain the air inlets we saw on the concept.

Porsche Mission E track 9 Photo 3/9   |   Spied! Porsche Caught Flogging the Mission E on the Nurburgring

When it does go into production, expect the Mission E to be one serious performer even when not on a track. Porsche says it will make 600 hp and be capable of hitting 60 mph in less than 3.5 seconds. It's also expected to have a range of more than 300 miles, and thanks to an 800-volt charging system, Porsche claims it will be able to hit an 80-percent charge in about 15 minutes.

Photo source: CarPix

By Collin Woodard
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