Porsche Reveals Mission X Concept for 75th Anniversary

The electric-powered supercar is billed as the German automaker’s range-topping model.

Greg Kable

June 23, 2023

3 Min Read
Porsche Mission X front 1.4
Mission X targets course record at Nürburgring Nordschliefe circuit in Germany.Porsche

Porsche celebrates its 75th anniversary with the unveiling of the Mission X concept, an electric-powered supercar that previews a potential successor model to the plug-in hybrid 918 Spyder.

The 2-seater is billed as a “lightweight super sports car” with a dedicated electric powertrain, which Porsche indicates could deliver nearly 1,500 hp.

The automaker says the rear-wheel Mission X has been conceived to become the fastest road car (ever?) to lap the Nürburgring Nordschliefe circuit in Germany. If granted production approval, Mission X would become a new range-topping Porsche model, filling the gap left by the 918 Spyder, which ceased production in 2015.

Porsche CEO Oliver Blume describes the electric supercar as a “technology beacon for the sports cars of the future.” “It picks up the torch of sports cars of decades past: the 959, Carrera GT and the 918 Spyder before it. The Mission X provides critical impetus for the evolutionary development of future vehicle concepts,” he says.

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Porsche Mission X interior

The Mission X name mirrors that of the Mission E, a 4-door electric sedan concept unveiled by Porsche in 2015 as a preview to the Taycan that went into production in 2019. It also references the Mission R, a 2-seat electric coupe concept unveiled in 2021 that is planned to succeed the 718 Boxster and Cayman in 2025.

The four-year lead times of the Mission E and Mission R concepts hint the Mission X could see production in 2027. At 177.2 ins. (4,500 mm) in length, the Mission X is 5.6 ins. (142 mm) longer than the 918 Spyder. However, it boasts a wheelbase that is just 0.1 in. (.25 mm) shorter than Porsche’s former flagship model at 107.4 ins. (2,728 mm).

Porsche is yet to provide technical details of its latest concept. But it has revealed what it calls a “technical vision” for the Mission X.

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Porsche Mission X rear 3.4

This includes an intended power-to-weight ratio of one metric horsepower per kilogram, a figure that equates to just less than 0.4 hp/lb. A targeted curb weight of 3,307 lbs. (1,500 kg) suggests overall output from the electric motor of about 1,480 hp.

Porsche says the Mission X’s battery is installed behind the cabin in a so-called “e-core” concept similar to that planned for the production version of the Mission R. Porsche says it is part of a 900V architecture designed to charge at twice the rate of the automaker’s Taycan sedan.

An additional “technical vision” for the Porsche concept is “downforce in excess of the 911 GT3 RS,” a track-based version of 911 which is claimed to produce up to 1,896 lbs. (860 kg) at a speed of 177 mph (285 km/h).

Blume, who is also CEO of Porsche’s parent company, the Volkswagen Group, says the electric supercar is targeted at lifting the production-car lap record at the Nürburgring. It is currently held by the Mercedes-AMG One, which lapped the 12.9-mile (20.8-km) circuit in 6 minutes, 35.18 seconds in 2022.

The Mission X was unveiled June 8, the 75th anniversary of the day German authorities granted Porsche production approval for the 356 roadster, the company’s first road car. 

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Porsche 356 No.1_Roadster (Porsche Museum)

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