COVER Porsche’s new EV driven
● First drive of Mission E Cross Turismo EV crossover
We get behind the wheel of Mission E Cross Turismo
PORSCHE begins its voyage into the world of electric cars with the Mission E saloon next year. But what we’re driving here, the Mission E Cross Turismo, could well be the second. It’s a concept car that was first presented at March’s Geneva Motor Show and if feedback is good, it could well make it to production.
While the original Mission E will be closer to the idea of a sports car, the Cross Turismo could be a fresh and modern answer to the ever-growing demand for SUVS. With an appearance that’s akin to a shooting brake with higher ground clearance and rugged body cladding, it offers more room for passengers than a Panamera and has a bigger boot than a Cayenne.
Concept vehicles like this are usually pretty fragile, and more for looking at than driving. But being a Porsche, the Cross Turismo is more than just a pretty face. Hand-made wheels mean we can’t test the car’s 155mph top speed, but because the concept uses the underpinnings of the production version of the Mission E, this is our first opportunity to experience just how a fully electric Porsche feels on the road.
A 90kwh lithium-ion battery drives two electric motors, one on each axle, to give four-wheel drive. Combined power is upwards of 592bhp, while a range of around 310 miles has been promised. The torque delivery is instant and relentless; that translates to the kind of blistering acceleration and cornering speeds that you might expect from a 911.
At more than 2,000kg, the Cross Turismo is heavy, but because the majority of its weight is mounted as low as possible, it feels glued to the road. And while there aren’t the familiar sounds of a flat-six or a V8 to assault the senses, on first impression the engineers have made the Cross Turismo feel like a Porsche made from a very different set of ingredients.
Driving around the Hollywood hills means the going can be slow at times, but that gives us the opportunity to look around the cockpit, which shows the next step of digitalisation. There are
very few physical buttons in the Cross Turismo; instead you see a landscape of touchscreens that spreads across the dash and towards the passenger.
Still, some things never change; the rev counter has evolved into an acceleration meter, but it still has a central position in the instrument cluster.
“The Cross Turismo feels like a Porsche, but it’s made from a very different set of ingredients”
CRUISE MISSILE Mission E Cross Turismo delivers typical Porsche handling and zero emissions