Set up at an immersive pop-up stand in Sydney’s Barangaroo precinct, Porsche is currently showcasing their Mission e concept vehicle: a futuristic beast of a car that ushers in a new era for the high-performance German marque.
Open until the 21st of this month, visitors to the site will be able to get up close to the much-lauded Mission e, as well as explore the brand’s heritage through multimedia displays and augmented and virtual reality experiences. “The Future Lab”, as it has been dubbed, is part of the brand’s preparation to launch the Taycan, which will hit Australian shores in 2020. The Taycan is Porsche’s first official foray into the EV (Electric Vehicle) market, but a significant one, as they are pushing the envelope on just how much power an electric engine can deliver in comparison with what is currently on the market.
The Taycan is set to feature two permanently “excited synchronous motors” (we’re as confused as you, it’s okay) with a system output north of 600HP (440 kW). This will accelerate the vehicle from 0-100kmh in close to three seconds, and to a cool 200kmh in under twelve seconds. This performance is in addition to a continuous power level that is unprecedented among electric vehicles: Multiple jump starts are possible in succession without loss of performance, and, probably most impressively, the vehicle’s maximum range in terms of distance is over 500 km.
While the Taycan is still an elusive promise (though one which Porsche does look set to deliver), The Misson e is one of very few concept cars that looks set to shape the future, rather than fantastically predict it. Though completely different to every other Porsche historically produced, it still has the elegant, simple and modern feel which befits the famous badge from Stuttgart, and is worth having a look at if you’re in the Emerald city in the next week.
And if you’re a purist who eschews the new, it happens to be sitting next to a beautiful vintage Porsche 356 from the very early ’60s, which is about as sexy as German engineering gets, in this writer’s opinion.