Sunday 23 October 2016
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Auto News: Porsche Mission E, Audi SUV, Ford Focus RS

Auto News: Porsche Mission E, Audi SUV, Ford Focus RS


Porsche is finally coming out swinging in the race to build all-electric vehicles. It’s just debuted the Mission E concept, a 600 horsepower four-door sports sedan designed to take on Tesla. It’s also the automaker’s first all-electric car ever.

Porsche promises it will launch you from 0 to 62 mph in under 3.5 seconds with a top speed of about 155 mph. As far as battery to driving range goes, Porsche is talking a total range of over 311 miles which is on bar with the Tesla Model S.   Porsche also claims the Mission E concept will be able to charge faster than a Tesla, in just 15 minutes with an 800-volt “Porsche Turbo Charging” system, making it faster than Tesla’s Superchargers.

The Mission E isn’t right around the corner though. Porsche says it will be on the market within 5 years.


Audi has also unveiled its much-talked about E-Tron Quattro electric SUV concept. All signs point to a production version since last Monday, after weeks of speculation, Audi confirmed it will release a luxury electric crossover in 2018.

“Audi will present an all-electric, luxury-class sport SUV in early 2018. The Audi e-tron quattro concept provides a concrete foretaste of this,” says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Audi Board of Management for Technical Development. “It combines driving pleasure with great range, an expressive design and excellent comfort.”

The E-Tron SUV “coupe-like” concept has a 310-mile range and can launch you from 0 to 62.1 miles an hour in 4.6 seconds. With three electric motors, Audi says it’s drawing on the engineering expertise from the R8 E-Tron sports car. A full charge takes 50 minutes and it even comes with a solar roof.

Timing is significantly behind Tesla’s Model X, one of the models Audi will compete against. Model X deliveries begin this month.


Ford’s fastest-ever 2016 Ford Focus RS model will sprint 62 mph in a mere 4.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 165. That’s the latest word from the automaker, which on Wednesday, finally spilled the beans on its highly-anticipated specs. Ford is also pricing this 350-hp powerhouse, that comes with a drift mode, at $36,605 to start.

This is the third-generation of the Ford Focus RS and, not surprisingly, it’s the highest performing hatchback of them all. It’s powered by a specially engineered version of Ford’s new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine producing projected 350 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque and all that power will push it to a top speed of 165 mph.

The Ford Focus RS will hit U.S. shores next spring.

Photo Credit: Porsche