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The Porsche Mission R Concept: The 718 Cayman’s Future?

The Mission R Concept is a sign that a possible one-make series electric race car could look like

  • 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.

Porsche Mission R | Photo: Porsche

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.

Porsche Mission R | Photo: Porsche

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.

Porsche Mission R | Photo: Porsche

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.

Porsche Mission R | Photo: Porsche
Porsche Mission R | Photo: Porsche
Porsche Mission R | Photo: Porsche


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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai


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