Is this the way the Porsche Panamera should have looked all along? And is it the way future Porsche’s might look? The answer to the former is a matter of opinions. The answer to the latter is yes, according to Porsche.
Whether styling cues from the Mission E concept, themselves with tones of 918 Spyder and 911, make it to future road-going models will depend largely upon the reception it receives at its Frankfurt motor show debut – which you can follow live here.
It’s the first all-electric drive four-seater from Porsche, and some figures have been released to accompany the concept. How about a 0-62mph time of 3.5sec and a 15-minute charge time to 80 per cent capacity? The tech-laden concept also has all-wheel-steering and four-wheel-drive.
As well as the rapid acceleration claims, Porsche makes a big play of the Mission E’s dynamic properties. It has a low centre of gravity and a torque vectoring differential which distributes torque to individual wheels.
One of the Panamera’s strong suits has always been its interior, and the Mission E has rather similar architecture with its tall centre tunnel. It moves the game on, though, with next-generation controls and instruments, along with gesture control and eye tracking.
With a revised 911 also making its debut at Frankfurt, does the Mission E steal its thunder?