Porsche Mission E: First Blue Blooded Electric Sports Car

With the onslaught of electric concepts and production vehicles set to hit markets all over the world, electric vehicles are without a doubt the future of the automotive world. While a few manufacturers are exploring other areas such as hydrogen fuel cells and bioethanol, the industry’s keen interest in electricity driven vehicles is likely to give EVs a huge head start in the race to create the first zero-emission fleet.

Porsche, one of the few sports car makers with a hybrid supercar already in the market has showcased its first fully electric sports car concept. Dubbed the Mission E, the new concept serves as a platform for the German carmaker’s new E Performance philosophy. We take a look at Porsche’s take on the electric vehicle.

The Porsche Mission E Concept car is aimed squarely at Tesla
The Porsche Mission E Concept car is aimed squarely at Tesla

Design:

Porsche’s Mission E Concept is not a radical revamp of the German car maker’s design language. Borrowing modern day Porsche elements such as the current gen 918 front end and the 90’s 911 rear, the Mission E is a tantalizing blend of past, present and future. The headlights, composed of four separate units that make up the LED matrix, come fitted with an array of sensors for the various assistance systems. Despite being a four door sedan, the Mission E retains its sports car persona by sitting much lower than conventional saloons. As a result, the car is a mere 1.3 m in height.

Porsche's Mission E Concept will be the first full fledged electric sports car
Porsche’s Mission E Concept will be the first full fledged electric sports car from a mainstream high performance car maker

Aerodynamics play an important role in Porsche’s design and the Mission E is no exception. The sides feature a distinct lack of features to improve air flow. The ORVMs have been done away with for a more advanced camera system. Porsche also claims that additional safety information can be beamed directly onto the images that are projected onto the windshield. The rear features a single taillight that runs through the entire width of the car and is accented by a black glass pane.

The exterior of the Mission E concept from Porsche is a blend of retro and contemporary design methodology
The exterior of the Mission E concept from Porsche is a blend of retro and contemporary design methodology

Interior:

Interiors of the Porsche Mission E are decidedly minimal and retro. Similar to ultra luxury cars such as the Rolls Royce Phantom and Ghost, the Porsche Mission E seeks to make suicide doors mainstream once more. Suicide doors are essentially car doors that hinge at the front instead of the back. While suicide doors ease the process of entry and egress, they pose a greater risk of occupants falling out of the vehicle. However, with the introduction of seat belts and the use of such a system limited to only the rear doors, the risks are greatly reduced. The cabin is divided into two halves by the center console that extends all the way to the rear of the electric sedan. Although this system limits the occupant number to a maximum of four, it allows for advanced seat adjustment features for each car.

Passengers are greeted by suicide doors; a trait largely unseen in full size sports sedans
Passengers are greeted by suicide doors; a trait largely unseen in full size sports sedans

The Mission E’s dashboard sports three different displays. The primary display located on the center console serves as the main control center for the electric sports car’s major functions such as climate control, audio system, suspension setup etc. Porsche has also installed a secondary LCD unit that runs along the dashboard of the EV that broadcasts information in a manner accessible by the other passengers. The driver’s instrument cluster is the third and final display. While configurable instrument clusters are slowly becoming the norm in the industry, the German car maker takes it one step further with a 3D system that tracks eye position and dynamically adjusts gauge readout positions for optimal viewing angles.

Interiors are fairly modern with Porsche adopting a minimalist theme all around
Interiors are fairly modern with Porsche adopting a minimalist theme all around

Under the Hood:

Powering the Porsche Mission E is a pair of PSM (Permanently Excited Synchronous Machine) motors that produce a total of 440 kW (600 hp). With a 0-100 km/h time of 3.5 seconds, the Mission E falls behind the Tesla Model S on its ludicrous mode. However, with fast charging capability that recharges the battery to 80% in a mere 15 minutes, the Mission E seeks to eliminate the hassle of long waits between charges. However, with a range of 500 km, the Mission E seeks to eliminate charging between trips altogether. Porsche also offers the choice between two charging methods: inductive charging (wireless) and the conventional plug in type.

PORSCHE MACAN AN “INTENSE” ENTRY

Looks like history has it coming back for the legendary sports automobile car maker, Porsche. The recent launch of its “second” SUV, MACAN that was launched at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show as well as the Tokyo Motor Show, during the same year, is commencing its European sales. The Porsche Macan, derived from the Indonesian term meaning tiger, shares the same vigor but, comes in a smaller package.  A compact SUV that aims on being a roaring success just like its older cousin, “Cayenne“.
The Macan has picked up a few “uber chic” features from its predecessor, the Cayenne and has the word refined flashing on its new design. Built with five doors and five seats, practicality remains constant with Porsche. The tiger comes in 3 different variants.

Macan S Diesel
Macan S Diesel (Image Source: www.wallpaperup.com)

 

LEGACY:

Being the second of its kind, Porsche has made sure that a few aspects like the handling, speed and the lightness be given a lot of priority. The look and feel of this compact aluminum bodied SUV goes down low and thus gives the driver a feeling of driving a sports car.  With a combination of round lines that have fine and precise edges and benignly smooth rear wings, the Macan has a few adaptations from its distant cousin, the 911 turbo, and a few more adaptations like the impeccable head, tail lamps as well as the front spoiler lip from the Porsche 918. And the unique side profile that the designers have named “Porsche Fly line” which, is the coalescence of eclectic proportions.

Striking a perfect balance at being a compact SUV and a sports car, one shouldn’t be bewildered by the thought that the MACAN is built for rough terrains or rocky patches, neither should the assumption run wild to put oneself into believing that the MACAN is a “wannabe” sports car. It is an SUV with the reflexes of a sports car. Porsche has smartly added in some whooping features that make the Macan even more desirable. The aerodynamics has been given substantial thought and even though the Porsche Macan is a compact SUV, what really matters is what lies under the hood.

With a wheelbase the measures about 43.3 cms, the Macan emphasizes on the “compact yet spacious part “and hence, the boot space can generate more space by simply folding the seat downwards, which generously create 500+ liters of space. Apart from that, Porsche has added in glowing eyes during the day (day time lights) and a revolutionary Light system, the PDLS or the Porsche Dynamic Light System, which consists of a projector halogen bean that has both dynamic and static cornering lights. Also, Porsche highlights the Bi-Xenon headlights that come equipped with the Turbo mode.

VARIANTS:

The variants come from the same family but share different engines. Rolling in with a 4-wheel drive, the Macan S that has a 3.0-liter V6 biturbo frontal engine that thrusts 340 bhp or 250 kW producing 538Nm of torque. This compressed powerhouse sprints 0 to 60 miles or 96.5 kms/hr in just 5.2 seconds and swooshes the roads with a top speed of 156 km/hr..

The Macan S Diesel is differently designed. It comprises of a 6cylinder, 3.0-liter rear placed engine that thrusts 258 bhp or 190 kW producing 580 Nm of torque. This beast sprints 0 to 60 in 6.3 seconds and swooshes the roads at 230 km/hr.

And lastly, the Macan Turbo that shares certain similarities with the Macan S, has a 3.6 -liter frontal engine but thrusts 400 bhp or 298 kW and producing 550 NM of torque (Rightly named tiger) does it simpler with a 0 to 60 in 4-6 seconds and sprinting at a top speed on 164 Km/hr.

But, one thing that all the Macan variants share in common is the 7 speed PDK (Porsche Doppel Kupplung ) the paddle gearbox that quick responsive gears that do not hinder with the power supply that is distributed to the wheels. Worried about slowing this electromechanically steered compact sprinter? Porsche has added silver colored aluminum monobloc fixed caliper brakes for the Macan S and the diesel model whereas the turbo gets a color twist of red.

SUSPENSION & TECHNOLOGY:

Choose your suspension that comes in a choice of Steel and Air, which works based on yet another Porsche system, the PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) The air suspension, as opposed to the steel suspension, helps you adjust your ride height 15mm lower. The PASM also helps in providing electronic damping controls that allow you to spoil yourselves with various modes such as “The Comfort Mode, Sports Mode and Sports plus Mode”

Image Source: www.expertreviews.co.uk
Image Source: www.expertreviews.co.uk

The traction is managed by the PTM (Porsche Traction Management) system as well as the PTV (Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus) and comes inbuilt with all MACAN models, which constantly keeps a track and adapts to various driving conditions smartly in accordance to the driver’s style. Macan’s are also built with an “off road” mode that you can activate while traveling at a speed on 80 kmph, by simply touching the respective button.

INTERIORS:

Being a compact SUV, one cannot expect the commodious space that was found aplenty in Cayenne. However, the MACAN is graciously spacious enough to comfortably place five individuals.

The Macan comes equipped with a multi functional steering wheel that is inspired by the 918 Spyder lets your fingers keep a tab on the gears. Another lucid detail is the 4.8-inch color display placed on the right hand dial. This assists you with your navigation.

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Porsche has also management in its communication effectively with the PCM (Porsche Communication Management) an advanced system that communicates and provides the desired navigation information, infotains you with wide accessibility to readily available essential online services through a 7inch high definition touch sensitive screen.

Music Freak?

The Porsche MACAN comes equipped with a Burmester Sound System(optional for all models) featuring 16 speakers and a sub-woofer. (So you go, Boom Boom all the way)

Image Source: http://www.porsche.com/microsite/macan/middle-east.aspx
Image Source: http://www.porsche.com/microsite/macan/middle-east.aspx

Porsche has also given some serious thought into the safety and security measures in the Macan and hence the PSM (Porsche Stability Management) and the PAS (Porsche Active Safe) systems were structured. Built in sensors moderate and monitor your travel, the speed of the vehicle and prevents your vehicle from colliding by applying brakes when needed. Lastly, the Macan also has the LCA (Lane Change Assist) system that allows you to take charge of the tricky lanes and puts you out of jeopardizing situations.

Lance Change Assist Feature. Photo Source: www.autobahnbound.com
Lane Change Assist Feature. Photo Source: www.autobahnbound.com

 

COMPETITORS:

Macan S goes head on against its direct competitors such as the Mercedes M-Class, BMW X5, and Audi Sq5 whereas; the Macan Turbo and the Macan S Diesel collide with the Range Rover Sport, BMW X6, Mercedes GL-Class and presumably its own cousin, Cayenne.

IMPACT ON YOUR POCKET

The Macan S is all set for a base pricey grab of US$ 49,900 whereas the Macan S Diesel and the Macan Turbo are available at US$ 78,500 and $72,300  respectively in the international markets.

Interested? It is anticipated that the Macan would carry a hefty price tag (70-90 lakhs) in the Indian Market.

Visit the Porsche website : http://www.porsche.com