Most people could be forgiven for not getting too excited over concept cars. Year in and year out, automakers tease us with forward-looking designs containing their best technology courtesy of their best engineers, and then… nothing. Some of that tech, or some of those design features, may trickle into future cars, but just as often the public falls in love with a concept only to have their dreams dashed. Some thought that might happen when the Porsche Mission E concept was shown this past September in Germany at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
The Mission E is an all-electric vehicle that is easily one of the most striking things to come out of Stuttgart in decades. Some of that can be chalked up to its looks; the car inherits some of its design, which melds the Panamera’s easy grace with the rakish front end of the Porsche 918. But much of it can be attributed to the fact that much of this car is unlike anything we’ve seen from Porsche. There are rear-hinged doors, a sleek fastback appearance, and an interior that’s surprisingly spacious given the car’s 1.3 meter overall height.
What’s just as conspicuous is what’s absent. There are no mirrors; they’ve been discarded in favor of rear-facing cameras that send images to a heads-up display. There’s no gas engine. There’s no transmission. There’s no plug (the car charges via induction). There’s no emissions. And, from the looks of it, there’s absolutely nothing superfluous or extraneous. This is a car that looks as clean as it runs.
It’s easy to see why people have been excited. Their excitement is about to give way to anticipation, since Porche Chairman Dr. Oliver Blume stated that the Porsche Mission E was “beginning a new chapter in the history of the sports car” as the company announced that the car was being approved for production. It’s slated to arrive at the end of this decade, after the company creates 1,000 new jobs and invests nearly a billion Euros in bringing it to market.
Is it 2019 yet? Not quite. But given that we’re on the cusp of 2016, it — and the Porsche Mission E — is closer than you think. Come to Porsche of Nashua today. Test drive a 2016 Porsche Macan or the legendary Porsche 911, and be reminded of what it’s like to get goosebumps when you get behind the wheel.