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Porsche Mission E to spawn all-electric 911
Porsche hints EV push won’t stop with Mission E: electric coupe is part of the plan
If you’re still coming to terms with turbocharging in the standard Porsche 911, look away now.
Erhard Mössle, director for the 911 Turbo line, has dropped a ruddy great hint that an all-electric two-door coupe is on the planning board. It would likely be a spin-off from the four-door Mission E (pictured above), itself already confirmed for production by the end of the decade.
“The Mission E could lead to a future when we need more electric cars to meet our regulations. So, you can imagine a Mission E with two-doors – the car looks great and there could be potential for a sports car,” Mössle told TG. “Whether it’s called a 911 or not is another discussion.
“Maybe, the Mission E is the starting point in this segment and as with our other car lines, you don’t just have one car, there are some variants. We had a 911 E in the past don’t forget!”
Yes, but that was a 1969 158bhp model with electronic fuel-injection and hydropneumatic suspension, Erhard. Not a 911 with the combustion engine ditched altogether.
Fear not, though: the 911 as we know and love it isn’t about to be phased out in favour of an all battery-powered fleet. “The 911 will, for a long time, remain a rear engine car with a turbo combustion engine, but of course we discuss other solutions too like a plug-in hybrid,” said Mössle, fanning the flames.
But let’s stay rational here. A quick look at the numbers prove it might not damage the 911’s sporting credentials as much as you fear. The Mission E concept claimed to produce around 600bhp, cover 0-62mph in 3.5 seconds and travel over 300 miles between charges.
A two-door version would naturally be lighter, so assuming a similar power output that would make it even faster, and able to go further between top-ups. Audi already has already committed the R8 e-tron to production, so the technology and precedence is there within the VW Group.
Seems like a question of when, and not if for a plug-in 911, then. Let us know your thoughts below…