The Mission R is a twin-motor 1,073-horsepower electric race car in Qualifying mode.
By all accounts, it should preview an upcoming production electric sports car.
The Mission R is only 2 inches shorter than the 718 Cayman.
The Porsche Mission R concept, a track-focused sports car reminiscent, is a serious piece of kit. It also reminds us far too much of the 718 Cayman to not mention it. That Porsche intends on electrifying the 718 is logical. Alongside the Taycan and Taycan Cross Turismo, and the upcoming Macan EV, an electric 718 is a no-brainer.
The Porsche Mission R Concept is not exactly a “normal” EV. Below the heavily race-inspired look is a high-performance car with two electric motors that delivering no less than 1,073 horsepower in Qualifying mode. In case you missed it, the Mission R features an all-wheel-drive system. This staggering horsepower figure is a product of the motors’ combined output: 644 horsepower at the rear and 429 horsepower up front. In said Qualifying mode, all the power is available, while in the race mode, the Mission R’s power is reduced to “only” 671 horsepower.
This kind of power provides blistering acceleration. The 0-96 km/h sprint time announced by the manufacturer is 2.5 seconds while the top speed is set at 300 km/h. Porsche is well-known for sharing conservative performance data – we’re convinced the dash is over in no more than a tick over 2 seconds.
As a serious sport and performance car, the Mission R’s powertrain is oil-cooled, as is the battery, which is compatible with 900-volt technology. The Mission R’s fast and so is recharging. The system will go from 5% to an 80% SOC in about 15 minutes on a 340 kW charger.
Styling-wise, the Mission R also reminds us of the Taycan starting with headlights and unique rear marker light, the latter also shared with the entire Porsche lineup. As a near single-minded race car, the Mission R has extreme aero, from the massive front splitter, all the way to the enormous rear spoiler. The interior mimics the outer shell with a pair of screens, racing bucket seats, and a safety cage.
It seems clear that Porsche will launch another single-make racing series and the Mission R concept will likely be the star of the series. The question is, assuming the Mission R will eventually wear the 718 moniker, is if Porsche will sell it alongside petrol-powered versions or if the EVs will replace all ICE variants.