Porsche may not be on board with self-driving cars, but it’s certainly moving full steam ahead on plans to develop an electric car. According to a recent report from Reuters, the iconic German automaker recently said that it plans to invest approximately $1.12 billion in factory upgrades over the next few years to pave the way for Mission E production. On top of that, the company relayed its plans to create as many as 1,000 new jobs to bring its vision of an electric car to fruition.
Self-driving cars represent the future of the auto industry, right? At the very least, that’s the narrative we seem all too willing to accept at face value as we envision a world where cars drive themselves to and fro while drivers are relegated to mere observers, free to engage in more pressing activities.
Everywhere you look, the biggest names from the tech and auto industry are doubling down on autonomous driving: Mercedes, BMW, Tesla, and Google, just to name a few. Even Apple is reportedly interested in developing a car with autonomous driving capabilities.
The real challenge for Tesla is going to come when more experienced car manufacturers start cranking out their own electric cars. One particularly fearsome competitor in this regard is Porsche, which earlier this fall unveiled its new Mission E concept, a new four-door, four-seat all-electric car that features system power of 600 horsepower, acceleration of 0 to 60 miles per hour in under 3.5 seconds, a driving range of more than 310 miles per charge, and a recharge time of just 15 minutes. Now Bloomberg informs us that Porsche has committed to building the Mission E and having it in showrooms at the end of the decade. More →
It’s always fun writing about stupid criminals as long as they don’t kill or seriously injure anyone. And The Guardian brings us the delightful story of a man who might be the most inept criminal we’ve seen so far in 2015 — yes, he might even be more incompetent than the ISIS member who took a selfie outside an ISIS compound that U.S. intelligence agencies tracked down and bombed less than a day later.
There are a few things on the internet that we’ll never get tired of seeing: cute animals, funny GIFs, iPhone leaks and videos of vehicles going significantly faster than they’re supposed to go. Today, we’ve got a stellar example of the last subject on that list from the /DRIVE Network on YouTube — a Porsche 911 with a 1,000HP engine.
We spend a tremendous amount of time here at BGR giving you an early look at devices you’ll someday own once they’re released. Now, it’s time to switch gears for a moment and focus on some things you’ll never, ever own. The Frankfurt Motor Show is a blast each year as the big names come together to unveil some new production models, but they also show off some concept cars that are absolutely insane. Some of them will never make it to production and others that actually do may look quite different from the cars shown off in Frankfurt. Either way, it’s always fun to stare for a while and imagine sitting behind the wheel of one of these beasts.
Here are the 10 craziest supercars unveiled this week in Germany. More →
Like with a lot of people, I have flirted with the idea of Tesla. Both as a company and as a potential car. I have built dozens of them on Tesla’s website. I have test-driven the car five times. Each time I drive one, it’s a great experience and it’s still hard to fully process how incredible of a job Tesla has done. From nothing to changing the entire car industry in just under a decade is mind-blowing.
But this theme that I have repeated at practically every chance I get when discussing Tesla keeps running through my mind and it’s an important one — when all the established car makers start going all-electric, what’s Tesla value proposition?
Their brand? Hardly anything other than the current owners of Tesla vehicles. Their technology? Those patents were released into the public domain. Their manufacturing process? You’re joking, right?
So seriously, what is Tesla’s play here as far as cars are concerned? Because I don’t see it. More →
For decades, Porsche has made some of the world’s most beautiful sports cars… and now it’s setting its sights on Tesla. The iconic German automaker on Monday unveiled its new Mission E concept, a new four-door, four-seat all-electric car that features system power of 600 horsepower, acceleration of 0 to 60 miles per hour in under 3.5 seconds, and a driving range of more than 310 miles per charge. Porsche says that it takes around 15 minutes to reach an 80% charge of the car, so it shouldn’t take you very long to get the car back on the road if you find yourself running low on juice during a drive. More →
Porsche’s 918 Spyder is an 887 horsepower monster that starts at $845,000. Let’s just say this car attracts… a certain type of buyer. And this shirtless guy in St. Tropez definitely fits the bill.
With his model-looking friend in the passenger seat, Mr. 918 tried to peel out in a parking lot full of people to show off. After narrowly missing a few people walking through the parking lot who would have been seriously injured at the very least had they been hit, the guy slammed into a tree.
We’re not sure how it could possibly be any more satisfying. More →
With Tesla proving that there’s a bustling market for electric cars, a number of more traditional automakers have started devoting tremendous resources towards electric car development. BMW is of course one such example, and just a few weeks ago we began to see rumblings that even Apple has plans to develop an electric car of its own.
Now comes word that Porsche is also toying with the idea of releasing an electric car. While Porsche is already one of the world’s top luxury automakers, the Volkswagen owned brand is reportedly interested in attracting a new subset of customers: Those who prioritize environmental cleanliness.
Yesterday, we reported on the Chevy Volt electric car and it’s $41,000 price tag. Now, we know some of you were probably thinking that a Chevy doesn’t exactly fit your personal steez, but we might have something for you. The Porsche supervisory board has green lighted the production of the 918 Spyder hybrid, complete with a 500-horsepower V8 and 109-horsepower electric motor. The new Porsche will allegedly net 78 miles per gallon and will retail for slightly more than the Volt, at around $650,000. We’re unclear as to how a 500-hp Porsche is going to get 78 mpg while a 140-hp Prius gets around 40 mpg… but hey, here’s to hoping those crazy Germans know something we don’t! More →
We’ve always wanted to hit the NY Auto Show and this year, Buick sponsored our trip. There weren’t many brand new announcements (we actually can’t think of a single one that we can remember), but we did spend some quick time going over some of the cars that caught our eyes. Don’t judge us. Check out the brief video we put together after the jump!
This post is part of our “Live Like A Genius” content series sponsored by Buick and the all-new 2010 LaCrosse.
Good news for you Porsche aficionados out there. Looks like Sagem and Porsche are teaming up again for a second version of their Porsche-Branded mobile phone. Carved out of aluminum and hand assembled in France, the sleek and sexy candy bar has all the goods under the hood except for 3G. Supposedly there is no demand for 3G amongst Sagem/Porsche customers. With the presumed future widespread availability of Wi-Fi for mobile Internet access, the designers opted to cut it out. Mmm. Other specs include:
- 2.8″ touchscreen with reinforced mineral glass
- 5 megapixel camera
- Built-in GPS receiver
- Wi-Fi connectivity
- Built-in fingerprint reader
Available in France next month for a mere €600 ($875).