The official name of the Porsche Mission E is the… Porsche Taycan

  • The official name of the Porsche Mission E is the… Porsche Taycan

The official name of the Porsche Mission E is the… Porsche Taycan

Porsche's first full-electric sports auto won't hit the streets until next year but the Mission E concept now has a street-legal name: Taycan. The name Taycan means "lively young horse", according to Porsche.

Porsche on Friday introduced the official name of its battery electric vehicle as part of a ceremony in Europe marking 70 years of Porsche sports cars. The production model will get the new Porsche Taycan name and be unveiled fully in early 2019, with customers taking delivery later that year.

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It's worth noting that the Taycan name only applies to the Mission E sedan and not its Cross Turismo SUV-ish variant.

As we previously reported, Porsche's first electric vehicle will feature two motors contributing to a system output of more than 600 horsepower.

Safeguarding Porsche's cachet and healthy profit margins as the company makes huge investments in electric cars and new digital services is vital for parent Volkswagen AG. Some of the spotted cars have been wearing exhaust exit surrounds that were fake and fitted to hide the car's identity.

The vehicle was known as the Mission E since the unveiling of the concept in 2015, but it was always known that the production version will most likely feature a name that works with Porsche's current naming scheme. Features such as the flared haunches, LED tail-light strip and coupe-like rear end will remain to echo the looks of the 911 sports auto.

Stay tuned for more updates on the Porsche Taycan. Automakers are spending billions as they face a period of unprecedented change - stricter environmental regulations are forcing them to offer more battery-powered vehicles even as combustion-engine cars still generate the vast majority of profits. But we're now one step closer to having a battery-electric Porsche on the road, which has at least one high-profile CEO likely sweating a bit more than before. The Model S can do its Ludicrous Mode party trick a few times before needing to cool down, but Porsche has said its Taycan will be able to maintain its performance both in sprints and for track days without issue.