Porsche: Mission E production version will be called 'Taycan'

Porsche Taycan is the name for the production Mission E

Porsche Taycan is the name for the production Mission E

The announcement that the production version of Mission E will be called Taycan was made by Porsche recently at the Porsche Museum, during the opening ceremony of the "70 years of the Porsche sports car" special exhibition. This will enable the auto to accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.5 seconds and 0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) in less than 12 seconds. The good news is that the Taycan will also have a driving range around 300 miles, which will pit it directly against the Tesla Model S.

Porsche has christened its first electric sports vehicle.

If you're wondering how Porsche came up with the names for its other cars, here's a quick rundown. Up until now, the Model S has been without any direct competition since its debut in 2012, although that is changing. It's an apt title for the freshest model in Porsche's stable.

Interest in the Taycan has already been huge, Porsche says, though sales aren't expected to kick off in the United States for some time yet. Set to be priced somewhere in the $85,000 range, the Porsche Taycan will boast a 0-62 miles per hour time below 3.5 seconds and will have a top speed in excess of 155 miles per hour. Range will reportedly be over 500km under the NEDC testing scheme, although we're holding our breath to hear how that range looks under WLTP.

Porsche will double spending on electrification of vehicles to more than 6 billion euros ($7.4 billion) by 2022 from $3.7 billion. In preparation, the vehicle previously operating under the working title "Mission E" has now been given its official name: Taycan. About $600 million is for developing Taycan variants, a billion more for adding EVs and hybrids to today's product range, several hundred million to expand production sites and around $800 million for new technologies, charging infrastructure, and smart mobility.

Under the hood, the Taycan will have electric motors and a battery pack and practically no noise except for that of the running tyres. Production of the Taycan is creating around 1,200 new jobs in Zuffenhausen alone.

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