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The Porsche Mission E concept first broke cover at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, and has since been confirmed for production. Automobile Magazine recently had a chat with Porsche personnel find out the progress on the all-electric sports car.

Aside from being told that the Mission E will be “something special,” and that a lot of work is being done to make sure it’s “a true Porsche through and through,” it is the words of a Porsche exec that truly livened things up.

“It’ll be something entirely different than any of its competitors, across the board. The thing about (Tesla’s) Ludicrous Mode is that it’s a façade. Two launches saps the whole battery. That won’t be the case with the Mission E. You’ll be able to run it hard, over and over; the battery will not overheat, the power control module will not overheat, and the seats will not suck,” he said.

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Strong words indeed, but we’ll have to wait for production version of the Mission E to debut to see if Porsche has a strong case. In its concept form, the Mission E is powered by a pair of permanent magnet synchronous motors (PMSM), with total output equivalent to 600 hp. With all-wheel drive and four-wheel steering, the concept is said to lap the Nurburgring in under eight minutes.

This allows the Mission E to complete the 0-100 km/h sprint in just 3.5 seconds. Operational range is touted at more than 500 km, and with a specially-developed 800-volt Porsche Turbo Charging system, it is capable of giving the lithium-ion batteries 80% charge in just 15 minutes. The production version of the Mission E is said to remain true to the Frankfurt concept.

Porsche isn’t the only company to downplay one of Tesla’s features. Volvo too had a stab at Tesla’s much-hyped Autopilot feature, calling it an “autonomous wannabe,” in spite of its “life-saving” feats. Porsche versus Tesla, pick a side.

GALLERY: Porsche Mission E concept