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Stuttgart’s answer to the Tesla Model S

While considered laughable just a decade or two ago, the idea of a high-performance electric vehicle is now widely accepted in even the most traditional of speed circles. As the list of battery-motivated monster machines continues to grow, Porsche is getting in on the action with its up-and-coming Mission E. As a follow-up to hybrid superstars like the 918 Spyder and the Panamera, the Mission E is slated to become Stuttgart’s very first all-electric vehicle. Porsche teased the new model with a concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, and now, we’re getting our very first shots of the production iteration in the wild. Captured out and about doing some real-world testing just outside Porsche’s factory in Weissach, the spy shots reveal just how close the Mission E is to becoming a reality on public roads. Expect specs that either match or beat the Tesla Model S, with several hundred miles of range and a blistering 0-to-60 mph time, not to mention a luxurious cabin space and Nurburgring-tested handling.

While full details are still forthcoming, there’s plenty of info floating around out there to go on in terms of speculation. Regardless, it’s sure to be top-shelf and quite fast, but the question remains – will it be enough to take out the Tesla? Is this finally the Model S killer we’ve been waiting for? We’re still a few years away from the release of the Mission E, so we’ll have to wait, but in the meantime, check out our speculative review.

Update 09/10/2018: The Porsche Taycan was spotted during its pre-production test runs with minor changes. Check out the spy shots section below to see what has changed as it moves closer to production

 

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The Range-Topping Porsche Taycan will Feature a Peculiar Name for an EV

The Range-Topping Porsche Taycan will Feature a Peculiar Name for an EV

As if people were not confused enough between engines and motors

A lot of combustion engine cars on the market are named after their engine specs and characteristics. This has been a long-running tradition, but it has left automakers in a fix when it comes to naming their electric cars. While some have worked their brains and named their electric cars sensibly, Porsche decided to continue with its ICE monikers even for the Taycan. The top-trim Taycan has been named the Taycan Turbo, and we cannot stop laughing. And, for those of you that are unaware, No - you can not turbocharge and electric car.

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Cars That We Can't Wait to See in 2019

Cars That We Can’t Wait to See in 2019

There are so many that we just don’t know what to do

What does the future behold? There are countless future classics ready to slide out from under the sheets of which they’ve been covered, and it’s all set to happen in 2019. There will be new EVs, new muscle cars, and a complete evolution of luxury cars. One of America’s most loved sports cars, the Chevy Corvette, is set move into a mid-engine configuration - something that’s been in the works for decades. With that said, we have a lot to be excited for, and this is a list of the models that we just can’t wait any longer for.

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2020 Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo

2020 Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo

Porsche is officially going to have several versions of its Taycan all-electric model, one of which will be an estate or wagon model that will most likely be called Sport Turismo. The Taycan Sport Turismo is exactly the same as the sedan model, but with a bigger trunk and more practicality.

It’s actually going to be the first mass-market, purpose-designed, all-electric wagon ever, and no, the handful of coach-built Tesla Model S wagons don’t count.

The rest of the package remains unchanged, so it’s only going to be sold with an all-electric powertrain (don’t be fooled by the fake exhausts on the back of the camouflaged prototype in these photos provided by our spies) which will provide great performance, as well as a large lithium-ion battery pack for decent range.

Design-wise, expect a slightly more toned down version of the Mission-E Sport Turismo concept that debuted at the Geneva motor show this March. Porsche is apparently also going to make a higher-riding crossover-style version of this wagon, but it will be the sedan and wagon that will be the two main models.

But even if Tesla doesn’t make a production wagon variant of its Model S, that model is going to be the Taycan and Taycan estate’s main rival because it is already quite well established in its segment.

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2020 Porsche Taycan CUV

2020 Porsche Taycan CUV

Porsche is set to launch a crossover-styled version of the Taycan. It will be based on the Mission E Cross Turismo, will be more off-road-worthy, and will be the third official model in the Taycan range.

It won’t differ too much from the concept, featuring mainly detail changes, but the same overall body and design. Some details, like the mirrors, the roof, and the rear light cluster will be different, as we’ve seen on Taycan sedan prototypes that are currently undergoing testing.

The Taycan sedan will be revealed sometime in 2019 and hit the market in 2020, so the Taycan crossover should debut sometime after the turn of the decade.

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The Porsche E Cross Turismo Concept Will Become the Production Version of the Taycan SUV

The Porsche E Cross Turismo Concept Will Become the Production Version of the Taycan SUV

The Taycan CUV will have some off-road worthyness to it... just a little

In a surprising turn of events, Porsche greenlighted the production of their Mission E Cross Turismo Concept. It is a strange, almost rugged, crossover-ish Porsche that grew from the architecture of the magnificently beautiful Taycan. Or the Mission E as it was known before acquiring the new name. Preparing for the production and the final development of the all-new electric cross, Porsche plans to create 300 new jobs at its home base in Zuffenhausen. This comes in addition to 1,200 jobs the company has already created for the production of the Taycan sedan.

The production version of the Mission E Cross Turismo will be a something like a Taycan wagon with a higher ride position. Don’t expect it before 2021 or 2022, though. After all, Porsche will increase investments into developing the electromobility solutions to $6 billion by 2022. The Mission E Cross Turismo Concept is only a part of this story.

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The Porsche Taycan Will be Priced to Compete with the Tesla Model S - At Least in Base Form

The Porsche Taycan Will be Priced to Compete with the Tesla Model S - At Least in Base Form

Pricing of Porsche’s first-ever electric car could slot between the Cayman and the Panamera

The Porsche Taycan is arguably the most technologically advanced model Porsche has ever built, but it’s not going to be priced that way. In fact, the Taycan looks like it’ll be more affordable than we thought. A Porsche executive revealed that the Taycan will like carry a starting price of €80,000 or around $92,500 based on current exchange rates. That said, top-spec versions of the Taycan aren’t going to come cheap, potentially reaching €200,000, or a little over $230,000.

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Porsche Aims at Tesla Again with an Electric SUV, Taycan Targa and Possible Boxster EV

Porsche Aims at Tesla Again with an Electric SUV, Taycan Targa and Possible Boxster EV

Tesla Roadster may get some competition from Porsche

Porsche has outlined its plan to expand its lineup of electric vehicles with several new battery-powered models set to make their debut over the next decade. The information comes courtesy of Lutz Meschke, who is the company’s financial director and a member of its board of directors.

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Porsche Says It Can Cut Tesla's Charge Times In Half

Porsche Says It Can Cut Tesla’s Charge Times In Half

German automaker wants to stand out in a segment that’s exploding in recent years

As the electric car market becomes bigger and more populated these days, Porsche is looking for a way to stand out from competition, and a big part of that approach is developing technologies that will allow it to claim the industry’s quickest charging times. The Porsche Taycan electric sports car — it’s Porsche’s first all-electric model ever — is expected to showcase that with the ability to charge 80 percent of its battery in just 15 minutes.

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2020 Porsche Taycan

2020 Porsche Taycan

Stuttgart’s answer to the Tesla Model S

While considered laughable just a decade or two ago, the idea of a high-performance electric vehicle is now widely accepted in even the most traditional of speed circles. As the list of battery-motivated monster machines continues to grow, Porsche is getting in on the action with its up-and-coming Mission E. As a follow-up to hybrid superstars like the 918 Spyder and the Panamera, the Mission E is slated to become Stuttgart’s very first all-electric vehicle. Porsche teased the new model with a concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, and now, we’re getting our very first shots of the production iteration in the wild. Captured out and about doing some real-world testing just outside Porsche’s factory in Weissach, the spy shots reveal just how close the Mission E is to becoming a reality on public roads. Expect specs that either match or beat the Tesla Model S, with several hundred miles of range and a blistering 0-to-60 mph time, not to mention a luxurious cabin space and Nurburgring-tested handling.

While full details are still forthcoming, there’s plenty of info floating around out there to go on in terms of speculation. Regardless, it’s sure to be top-shelf and quite fast, but the question remains – will it be enough to take out the Tesla? Is this finally the Model S killer we’ve been waiting for? We’re still a few years away from the release of the Mission E, so we’ll have to wait, but in the meantime, check out our speculative review.

Update 09/10/2018: The Porsche Taycan was spotted during its pre-production test runs with minor changes. Check out the spy shots section below to see what has changed as it moves closer to production

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Porsche Taycan Promises a 3.5-Second Sprint to 60 MPH

Porsche Taycan Promises a 3.5-Second Sprint to 60 MPH

Not as quick as Tesla, but certainly no slouch

Hype is building for Porsche’s first all-electric performance car, as Stuttgart continues to tease us with fresh images posted to its social media accounts. Critically, one recent post included a tasty little morsel on the car’s specs, specifically the time needed to hit 60 mph.

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The Porsche Taycan Will Deliver More Than 600 HP

The Porsche Taycan Will Deliver More Than 600 HP

New-generation charging stations underway too

Back in June, we found out that the production version of the Mission E concept will be called the Taycan. Now, with development well underway and several prototypes already built, Porsche unveiled some technical data too, including its output.

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Porsche Taycan Orders Pouring In As Company Braces For High Demand of The Electric Car

Porsche Taycan Orders Pouring In As Company Braces For High Demand of The Electric Car

A lot of people saw this coming

The demand for the Porsche Taycan is skyrocketing as interested customers start piling up ahead of the electric car’s production launch in 2019. Porsche UK managing director, Alexander Pollich, confirmed the expected news to Autocar, though he did not disclose the exact amount of customer interest in the German automaker’s first-ever all-electric EV. The Taycan is expected to arrive in dealerships sometime in 2020, kick-starting a new era for the Stuttgart-based automaker.

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What the heck is the Porsche Taycan?

What the heck is the Porsche Taycan?

For the past couple of days, the Internet has been swamped with something called the Taycan. Not a common word and certainly a unique name, would not you say?

Only a week ago, as part of the “70 years of Porsche Sports Cars” ceremony, Porsche revealed that their new car, thus far referred to using the Mission E corporate designation, will be called the Taycan. This will be the first all-electric Porsche and an evolved version of the Mission E Concept we learned about on the first public unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show three years ago.

If you are wondering why Porsche would want an electric five door superhatch that is a tad smaller than the Panamera, look no further than the Tesla Model S. This project is a Porsche stab at the favourite electric car and now it officially has a new name.

Any numbers in the name? No! Hidden messages? Yes!

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How to Pronounce the Taycan name and What Sets the Porsche Apart - Video

How to Pronounce the Taycan name and What Sets the Porsche Apart - Video

Can electric cars deliver the same feeling?

Porsche has released a video that explains just how to pronounce “Taycan,” and how that car will have the “soul” that other cars lack.

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Porsche Finally Gives the Mission E a Production Name

Porsche Finally Gives the Mission E a Production Name

It’s going to be called the "Taycan" as an homage to the horse on the German automaker’s emblem

The Porsche Mission E all-electric sedan has been renamed the Porsche Taycan as the German automaker gears up for the model’s launch in 2019. The production name was announced by Porsche CEO Oliver Blume during Porsche’s 70th-anniversary celebration last week. According to Blume, the name “Taycan” means “lively, young horse,” a reference to the black horse found on the city of Stuttgart’s coat of arms. That same black horse also appears on Porsche’s own logo.

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Video of the Day: Mark Webber Test Drives the Porsche Mission E, Says It Reminds Him of the 919 Hybrid

Video of the Day: Mark Webber Test Drives the Porsche Mission E, Says It Reminds Him of the 919 Hybrid

Feels like a 918 Spyder too

The Porsche Mission E is on its way from concept to production car and, once it arrives in showrooms, it will be the company’s first all-electric vehicle. Essentially a 911 with four doors, the sleek Mission E uses a 600-horsepower drivetrain and some of the technology found inside the 919 Hybrid race car that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2016 and 2017. Not surprisingly, Porsche Team driver Mark Webber, who recently tested the Mission E on the Weissach track, says that the electric four-door feels a lot like the 919 Hybrid.

"It reminded me at times, a lot, of the 919," Webber said after he completed a few quick laps in the Mission E prototype. He also noted that "looking over the front wheel arches looks like a 918 Spyder" and also described the EV as a "game changer."

Unfortunately, the video is only two minutes long and doesn’t provide any additional information on the upcoming Mission E. But the sedan appears to be pretty fast on the Weissach, and Mark Webber seems extremely happy at the end of the run.

The production model is expected to go into production in 2019.

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In Preparation for Mission E Deliveries, Porsche to Install 500 Fast Chargers Across the U.S. by EOY 2019

In Preparation for Mission E Deliveries, Porsche to Install 500 Fast Chargers Across the U.S. by EOY 2019

The goal is to alleviate anxiety among future owners who are concerned about running out of power

Porsche is going all-hands on deck in anticipation of the arrival of the Mission E, the company’s first-ever electric car. With the production version of the Mission E set to arrive next year, Porsche Cars North America is laying the groundwork to build at least 500 fast chargers at dealerships and highway locations across the U.S. by the end of 2019. The goal is to help ease potential range anxiety among Porsche owners, specifically those who buy the production version of the Mission E, as well as the automaker’s future EV models.

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Can You Imagine a World Where Porsche Only Makes Electric Vehicles? Porsche CEO Oliver Blume Certainly Can

Can You Imagine a World Where Porsche Only Makes Electric Vehicles? Porsche CEO Oliver Blume Certainly Can

Are you prepared for a world with an all-electric Porsche 911?

Porsche is setting its sights on becoming one of the most aggressive legacy automakers when it comes to selling electric vehicles. The German auto brand has already made it known that it plans to turn half of its entire model portfolio into electric cars in the next six years. Now, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume is projecting a more ambitious long-term goal for the company, one that would effectively turn all Porsche models into electric cars by 2030.

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April Fool's Round-Up: Automakers Go All-Out With The Pranks

April Fool’s Round-Up: Automakers Go All-Out With The Pranks

There were some funny ones and there were ones that we wish would actually happen

April Fool’s Day has come and gone, and as you might have expected, a number of automakers spent the occasion trying to pull a fast one on all of us. Some of them worked while others didn’t. Some got us thinking if the pranks were real - or we wish they were real - while others flamed out because they were too obvious from the very beginning. Still, it was a good day to check out what kind of absurdity we had coming our way. If you missed out on all the April Fool’s pranks that these auto brands came out with, well, we got you, fam.

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Porsche's Mission E Platform is Being Tossed Around Like a Dirty Diaper — Even Bentley Will Use it for an EV

Porsche’s Mission E Platform is Being Tossed Around Like a Dirty Diaper — Even Bentley Will Use it for an EV

Yup, a Bentley four-door EV is officially in the works

Word has it that Bentley has given a four-door EV the green light for development and production, and it will serve as the brand’s flagship model once it finally arrives. The caveat to this statement is that the brand aims for it to be undeniably a Bentley at first glance and it must be a standalone model that isn’t based on any other model or concept produced by the brand thus far. That means it won’t be based on the EXP 12 Speed 6E Concept or the Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Coupe. Of course, Bentley is a member of the dirty VAG, so you can bet that it will ride on the J1 platform, the same guts that will power models like the Porsche Mission E and the Audi E-Tron GT that we informed you up just a couple of weeks ago.

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Porsche has the EV Game Messed Up; Wants to Charge Gasoline-Like Prices for its Charging Network

Porsche has the EV Game Messed Up; Wants to Charge Gasoline-Like Prices for its Charging Network

Because God forbid it not cost us an arm and a leg to drive anymore

Unless you’re a tree-hugging hippy or one of those smug, “be-green” types, the fact that driving an EV could help stop global warming is vaguely insignificant. What’s more important is the fact that, with enough range, you can actually save a decent chunk of money on your daily commute since you don’t have to pay for gas. Well, leave it to Porsche to ruin that – the German brand wants its charging networks to be “profit centers” and will, effectively, charge gasoline-like prices for charging. In fact, Porsche won’t even warm up to you before bending you over as it plans to stick it to customers right from the very start.

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Porsche Teases Mission E Electric Sports Car

Porsche Teases Mission E Electric Sports Car

Oodles of battery-powered shove to bring Porsche into the future

Back in 2015, Porsche unveiled the Mission E concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Folks went gaga over the futuristic styling and impressive specs, but the Stuttgart automaker has been playing it close to the chest ever since. Now, it looks like we’re getting a small peek at things to come as Porsche just issued a slew of official images teasing the up-and-coming performance machine.

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2018 Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo Concept

2018 Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo Concept

Germany’s answer to the Tesla Model X!

Back in 2015, Porsche unveiled the Mission E concept, an all-electric super sedan that featured drivetrain technology developed for the 919 Hybrid race car. It didn’t take long for Porsche to confirm a production model and the test cars spotted on public roads began to fuel everyone’s dreams of a premium competitor for the Tesla Model S. While the Mission E is still under development, Porsche wants to expand its all-electric lineup with a different model. It’s based on the Mission E design- and drivetrain-wise, but it’s aimed at the booming crossover market. It’s called the Mission E Cross Turismo and previews a production model that will surely become the Porsche Cayenne of the electric market.

Unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the Mission E Cross Turismo is a sporty crossover that combines elements seen on the Mission E sedan, the Cayenne, and the Panamera Sport Turismo. Yes, it’s a shooting brake that rides as high as a crossover, and it previews a competitor for the Tesla Model X. Porsche has already confirmed that a production model is underway, with the release date set sometime in 2019. It’s still one year away, but at least it’ll be here sooner than the Mission E, which took at least three years to become reality. And, by the looks of things, the Cross Turismo concept looks ready to go into production for the most part.

Continue reading to learn more about the Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo Concept.

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The Porsche Mission E Is Still Missing in Action, Yet Porsche Hints That There Could be a Coupe and Convertible in the Cards

The Porsche Mission E Is Still Missing in Action, Yet Porsche Hints That There Could be a Coupe and Convertible in the Cards

Will Porsche Succeed where Tesla has failed?

The Porsche Mission E is ready to hatch, and while we didn’t get to see it as expected at the Geneva Motor show, it should debut in the very near future. When Porsche showed up at Geneva with the Mission E Cross Turismo Concept it hinted that a Mission E SUV might be a possibility in the future. Shortly after it debuted, however, Porsche’s Head of EV Development – Stefan Weckbach – put that hope to bed, saying that the Mission E J1 platform wouldn’t work well for high-floored vehicles like SUVs. He did, however, mention that other body styles may be a possibility in the future.

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We Expected the Porsche Mission E in Geneva and Got a Hatchback – the E Cross Turismo Concept – Instead

We Expected the Porsche Mission E in Geneva and Got a Hatchback – the E Cross Turismo Concept – Instead

No kidding folks, this thing is a Porsche

Porsche showed up to the Geneva Motor Show with the E Cross Turismo Concept, effectively putting to bed rumors that the Mission E Sedan would make its appearance at this year’s show. With a production-ready design and an 800-volt electrical system in tow, this concept does, however, confirm previous reports that the Mission E platform could expand to a whole lineup of all-electric models. Porsche promises that the E Cross Turismo can deliver more than 600 horsepower consistently, hit 62 mph in less than 3.5 seconds, and hit 124 mph in under 12 seconds.

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Porsche's Head of EVs Talks About Fast Charging, Sound Synthesizing, and Why the Mission E is Better than the Tesla Model S

Porsche’s Head of EVs Talks About Fast Charging, Sound Synthesizing, and Why the Mission E is Better than the Tesla Model S

All will be revealed when the Mission E goes on sale next year

Porsche claims that the Mission E is better than the Tesla Model S. That’s hardly a surprise considering that the Mission E is a Porsche model. But Stefan Weckbach, the head of electric vehicles at Porsche, firmly believes that the Mission E stands out compared to the Tesla, so much so that he conducted an in-house interview detailing the guiding principles that make the Mission E of the future standard-bearer of the luxury electric car space when it hits the market in 2019.

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Porsche is Set to Invest More than 6 Billion Euro; Double What Was Previously Expected

Porsche is Set to Invest More than 6 Billion Euro; Double What Was Previously Expected

The German automaker is SERIOUS about electricmobility

Porsche is doubling down on its investments in hybrid and electric technology after announcing plans to increase its investment in electromobility to “more than” €6 billion. That’s more than double the amount it previously intended to spend. The news comes as the German automaker is making final preparations for the launch of its first all-electric vehicle, the Mission E. Porsche CEO Oliver Blume made the announcements, saying that the decision to ramp up its investments was done to set “an important course for the future.”

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Porsche Claims The Mission E is its Make-or-Break Model

Porsche Claims The Mission E is its Make-or-Break Model

Automakers electrified future hangs in the balance

The Porsche Mission E electric car is an important model for Porsche. It’s so important, actually, that Porsche CEO Oliver Blume describes at as the company’s make-or-break model. There might be some hyperbole attached to that statement, but the all-electric sedan’s importance to the automaker’s electrification effort cannot be understated. At worst, it could short-circuit Porsche’s dreams of an electrified future. At best, it could jolt that future to life.

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2021 Porsche Taycan GTS

2021 Porsche Taycan GTS

A Porsche with extra electron power

In case you hadn’t heard, let me be the first to tell you – Porsche is building a four-door all-electric sports sedan, and it’s called the Mission E. Don’t worry, it’ll have all the go-fast characteristics you’d expect, just without the internal combustion to make it go. In fact, it should draw a good deal of its tech from the hybrid goodness developed for the Panamera and 918 Spyder, so that’s a plus. But, as we all know, Porsche isn’t satisfied to make just a single version of any one model. Multiple variants are required to fill every niche possible, so what about an even-faster Mission E? We’re calling it the Mission E GTS, and we decided to draw up a rendering and put together a speculative review to boot. Upgrades over the standard Mission E should include more aggressive exterior styling, lots of black trim pieces, more performance gear inside, a bigger battery, extra horsepower, and standard performance suspension.

The EV performance market is looking to balloon pretty rapidly over the next few years, and you can bet your lithium-ion battery pack Porsche will be there to take advantage of that growth. Read on for the details.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2021 Porsche Mission E GTS.

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