However, Tesla's EV performance crown will soon be challenged by Porsche, which is well along in development of its Mission E, with production set for 2019. The Mission E looks shares styling cues with its Porsche brethren, but looks more futuristic than the "familiar" styling of the Model S. Luckily for us, the folks at Automobile are spilling the beans on what we can expect with regards to performance on the Mission E. As expected, it will be a beast.
The Mission E will be available in three versions, with the least powerful model coming in 400hp. A mid-range model will deliver 536hp, while the range-topping model will have a chest-thumping 670hp. For comparison, the Tesla Model S ranges in power from 382hp to 691hp, so the Mission E is definitely in the same ballpark.
All Mission E variants will come standard with all-wheel-drive due to the fact that there is one electric motor for each axle. The front motor is rated at 215hp and 221 lb-ft of torque, while the rear motor will be available in two outputs. The lower-spec'd motor is rated at 322hp and 251 lb-ft of torque, while the performance version counters with 429hp and 406 lb-ft. It's also said that the vehicle will feature a two-speed transmission along with a rear E-Diff.
It should be noted that even with similar power outputs, preliminary performance numbers show that the Mission E will still be slower than the Model S. The Mission is said to hit 0-60 in 3.5 seconds, which is a second behind the most powerful Model S, while its top speed is electronically limited to 155mph. As for the driving range, Porsche is saying that the Mission E will be able to travel 300 miles per charge. For comparison, the Model S P100D has an EPA-rated range of 315 miles.
It's nice to see that the Model S is finally getting some serious competition, and especially with a credible and well-respected brand like Porsche. However, companies currently developing the next "Model S Killer" should realize that Tesla's flagship is over 7 years old at this point, while still kicking ass and taking names. A second-generation version is no doubt on the way and will likely make an even bigger splash in the EV market.