This is precisely why competition is so much fun.
It’s no secret that Tesla has disrupted the game. After all, the Model S is a jack-of-all-trades because it has the ability to outrun many supercars in the 0-60 mph launch, has the practicality of a family car, and saves the world one electric mile at a time. In fact, the car is so good that it has turned the heads of the big dog automakers like Porsche, which is working on the Mission E. In terms of looks, the Porsche already beats the Tesla Model S (sorry Model X and 3).
Given that Stuttgart seems to be engineering central, we can probably assume that the Mission E will also beat Tesla in terms of quality, refinement, and overall reliability. To reiterate that point, an unnamed Porsche product manager filled in Automobile Magazine on a few of the Mission E’s Tesla-beating features. First, the Porsche employee was clear to mention that the Mission E will put Ludicrous Mode to shame. They said, “The thing about [Tesla’s] Ludicrous mode is that it’s a facade. Two launches saps the whole battery. That won’t be the case with the Mission E. You’ll be able to run it hard, over and over; the battery will not overheat, the power control module will not overheat, and the seats will not suck.”
Given that Porsche has mastered the art of the launch with the 918’s record-holding 2.8-second 0-60 mph time, and the 911 Turbo S launching 50 times in a row with no notable damage to the driveline, we trust that it will get the launch on the Mission E right. Even more impressive is the proposed Nurburgring lap time. Porsche is gunning for a sub 8-minute lap and if the batteries have as much endurance as the German automaker is claiming, we trust that this will be no problem for the Mission E. Other features like wireless charging capability and a proposed 310 mile range should cement the victory. More details about the car will emerge as it’s expected 2019 launch date nears, but for now it’s safe to say that we’re excited for this car.