Porsche has granted the 600bhp-plus Mission E an official codename, indicating that the advanced electrically powered saloon has formally entered development.
The production version of the Mission E, codename J1, has been conceived to sit on a bespoke platform designed to accommodate a lithium ion battery pack capable of providing the car with arange of more than 330 miles. In combination with two electric motors, the sleek four-door promises a 0-62mph time of just 3.5sec.
The new platform is said to be separate to the structure being developed by parent company Volkswagen for its new range of electric cars, which includes a production version of the Budd-E concept seen last month at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Heading development of the zero-emissions Porsche is Stefan Weckbach, who previously led product strategy and more recently was responsible for the development of the Boxster.
Meanwhile, officials have confirmed to Autocar that the upcoming facelifted 911 GTS will retain its existing naturally aspirated 3.8-litre flat six engine, rather than adopting a powered-up version of the company’s new twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre flat six.