At the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, Porsche unveiled a radical electric vehicle that could eventually go up against the popular Tesla Model S. In fact, the so-called Porsche Mission E Concept is the German carmaker’s first all-electrically powered four-seat sports car.
Rumors that Porsche is planning a Tesla Model S-rival by 2020 have been plenty, and now there is more reason to believe such a model will see the light of day.
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The Mission E concept takes the shape of four-door coupe that, at least to our eyes, looks like a hybrid between the Audi R8 and Fisker Karma, or a futuristic Panamera. Its interior houses four individual slim and lightweight seats, several OLED touchscreens in place of physical buttons and knobs, and a nifty eye-tracking system that works with a camera to detect which instrument the driver is viewing.
In addition, Porsche implemented holographic display that extends into the passenger’s side to show individually-selectable and controllable apps like media, climate control, navigation, and s.
The Mission E features an all-wheel drive system, all-wheel steering system, and two electric motors that provide a combined output of over 600 horsepower (440 kW), allowing it to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.5 seconds, to 124 mph (200 km/h) in less than 12 seconds and lap the infamous Nurburgring in under 8 minutes.
The car’s 800-volt drive system allows a driving range of more than 310 miles (500 km) on a full charge. Should the battery pack become depleted, a Porsche Turbo Charging system can recharge it back to an 80% level in approximately 15 minutes, providing enough energy for approximately 248 miles (400 km) of driving.
Charging can be done through a 400-volt charging station or inductive charging without the need of cables.
Whether all not the Porsche Mission E Concept previews a production is still a question up in the air. However, with every premium automaker setting their eyes on Tesla Motors, we have a strong feeling that Porsche is cooking up a juicy Model S competitor, one that will electrify out senses.
If anything, the Mission E’s “entirely new” electric powertrain could find its way into the Panamera or possibly the smaller Pajun.
Toyota Supra TRD Concept Shows Off New Carbon Fiber Parts
It’s an unbridled love affair with carbon fiber.
Not long after taking the wraps off at the Detroit Auto Show, Toyota has revealed a TRD Concept that shows off some of the accessories from Toyota Racing Development possibly coming to the Japanese sports car.
Unveiled at the Osaka Auto Messe aftermarket show, the Toyota GR Supra Performance Line Concept TRD is fitted with many new carbon fiber parts to increase downforce and reduce lift. The front spoiler, side skirts, and rear spoiler and spats are all crafted from carbon fiber, while a carbon fiber door garnish replaces the stock faux vent to reduce turbulence of the airflow over the rear end.
The exterior is finished in a muted silver color that compliments the carbon fiber parts nicely, while unique 19-inch wheels highlight the four corners.
Unfortunately, TRD made no upgrades under the hood. Power is provided by the stock Supra’s turbocharged 3.0L inline-six, generating the same ol’ 335 hp and 365 lb-ft. of torque.
It’s not known if or when these carbon fiber parts and new wheels will be available, and whether they will remain exclusive to the Japanese market like many TRD parts in the past. Either way, share your thoughts about the Toyota GR Supra Performance Line Concept TRD in the comments below.
This Crossover Concept Previews Cadillac’s First-Ever EV
It came out of nowhere and shocked the Detroit Auto Show.
Cadillac followed up the unveiling of the Cadillac XT6 large crossover with a preview of its first-ever all-electric vehicle.
Taking the form of premium electric crossover, the concept is striking and likely also hints at the brand’s future design direction.
“Cadillac’s EV will hit the heart of the crossover market and meet the needs of customers around the world,” said Steve Carlisle, president of Cadillac. “It will represent the height of luxury and innovation while positioning Cadillac as the pinnacle of mobility.”
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The surprising reveal comes not long after General Motors announced that Cadillac will lead its electric vehicle strategy, effectively making it the automaker’s Tesla-fighter. Specific details such as power or features aren’t known, nor do we have a definitive timetable as to when the production model will be ready, but it will be the first GM vehicle to be built on the company’s forthcoming dedicated EV platform and should offer level 4 autonomous capabilities at the least.
In essence, not only will the vehicle be Cadillac’s first step into the EV world, but it will also push it deeper into the autonomous realm.
Lexus LC Convertible Concept Previews Stylish Drop-Top Roadster
The rumors about the LC 500 getting a droptop version were true after all.
Lexus has revealed the LC Convertible Concept, which likely previews an upcoming open-top roadster and hints at a shift in the LC’s design language.
Presented as a roadster, the LC Convertible Concept is designed to express “ultimate beauty” and serve as an aspirational halo vehicle for the entire Lexus lineup. Its proportions are nearly identical to the LC Coupe but stands out with a steeply-raked windshield and a contoured trunk lid.
“This concept takes the unmistakable design of the LC coupe and reimagines it as a future convertible,” said Tadao Mori, chief designer of the LC Convertible concept. “It blends all the best aspects of the original coupe with the dynamic design of an open-air convertible.”
The interior features white leather trim, contrasted by yellow accent stitching to break up an otherwise monochrome look.
The Lexus LC Convertible Concept appears to be close to production-ready. Do you want one?