Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Business | By Eloise Houston

Production version of Porsche Mission E to be called 'Taycan'

Production version of Porsche Mission E to be called 'Taycan'

Porsche announced Friday the name for its electric model, which was originally called Mission E, as part of the "70 years of Porsche Sports Cars" ceremony.

The name was announced overnight during an event to celebrate 70 years since it registered its first vehicle, the 356 "No 1" Roadster.

"Our new electric sports auto is strong and dependable; it's a vehicle that can consistently cover long distances and that epitomizes freedom", Porsche executive board chairman Oliver Blume said at a ceremony in Stuttgart celebrating the company's 70th anniversary. The new sedan promises to race from 0-100km/h in under 3.5 seconds, and hit 200km/h within 12 seconds.

A screengrab from the Porsche Taycan name announcement video.

Like it? Love it? Today, the German automaker has announced that the Mission E will be sold as the Porsche Taycan.

Personally, I'm not a fan of the Taycan name, but the vehicle's specs more than make up for what is arguably a clunky and uninspiring moniker. Though the Mission E name was always said to be simply what the all-electric sedan concept was called, and not what the automaker had intended for the production vehicle to necessarily bear, it had been generally well received.

Porsche's first electric vehicle will go on sale in late 2019.

According to Porsche when the Taycan arrives, it will feature two electric motors producing more than 600 horsepower and will accelerate up to 60 miles per hour in less than 3.5 seconds.

When the Taycan finally does debut in production form sometime in the second half of 2019, it will likely look different from the images we've grown used to, all of which depict the concept. There will likely be more extreme versions of this vehicle in the future. The existing engine plant is being expanded to manufacture electric motors, and a new body shop will also be developed.

Over-the-air updates will be possible on the Porsche Taycan, upgrading on-board infotainment systems and safety tech, but also offering to boost power if the customer wishes. Porsche is likely to follow its current strategy for gas and hybrid cars with is all-electric models, though, and offer varying degrees of performance under badges like "S" and "GTS" in the future.

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