Porsche has unveiled the all-new Taycan, after numerous teasers as well as being previewed by the Porsche Mission E concept. The Porsche Taycan is Europe’s first-ever challenger to the American-made Tesla Model S luxury sports sedan. Making its debut is the Porsche Taycan Turbo and Turbo S, with the lower-powered variants coming shortly this year.
Whilst they have Turbo in their names, it’s only for marketing purposes since these two models serve as the highest performing variants of the Taycan. Nevertheless, there’s no mistaking the Porsche Taycan as another electric sports sedan out there. Its wide and low front end is typical Porsche, featuring raised LED headlights, as well as a side grille treatment to cool the regenerative brakes. Like every Porsche, the Taycan also features a sloping roofline leading to its teardrop silhouette. At the back, there’s a thin LED strip running across the width of the Taycan, emphasizing its width.
The interior is likewise your typical Porsche driver-focused cabin, albeit with numerous screens. A fully digital instrument cluster greets the driver, while the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) features a 10.1-inch touch screen display. The PCM display can be merged with another widescreen touch screen display for the front passenger, creating a seamless screen surface that runs across the width of the dashboard. PCM can now be summoned by saying “Hey Porsche”. The climate control functions have also been merged into a screen as well, creating a minimalist interior design free from buttons.
What probably matters more for Porsche fans right now is its performance, and the Taycan does not disappoint at all. The Taycan Turbo produces 671 hp with Overboost as well as 850 Nm of torque. Meanwhile, the Turbo S can produce a peak 750 hp and 1,050 Nm of torque. As a result, the Taycan Turbo accelerates to 100 kph in just 3.0 seconds with the aid of Launch Control, while the Turbo S can hit that same mark in just 2.6 seconds. 0-200 kph is achieved 10.6 seconds for the Taycan Turbo, while the Turbo S does the same job in 9.8 seconds. As for top speed, both versions will top out at 260 kph.
Power is sent through all four wheels via a two-speed transmission mounted at the rear axle. The first gear is meant for acceleration while its second gear has a very long ratio and is mainly for high efficiency during cruising.
As for range, the Porsche Taycan’s 93.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack allows it to have a maximum range of 450 kilometers with the Turbo and 412 kilometers with the Turbo S.
The battery’s 800-volt architecture enables the Taycan to charge up to 80% in as little as 22 and a half minutes or have a range of 60 kilometers in as little as 5 minutes when using a fast 270 kW charger. When using a 150 kW DC fast charger, the Taycan can reach 80% charge in 36 minutes. Lastly, a standard 240-volt outlet at 9.6 kW will charge the Taycan to 80% in as much as 11 hours.
Porsche has made sure that the Taycan deserves the Porsche badge, and it proved itself when the company brought the car to the Nurburgring. In isolation, the Taycan Turbo’s 7:42 lap time sounds underwhelming, especially since the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is able to do the same job in 7:38, while Porsche’s own Panamera Turbo did the same job in four seconds less, but so far, the Taycan is the fastest four-door electric vehicle around the Nurburgring Nordschleife. The Tesla Model S has not been put on an official run yet, so we’re truly curious to find out how the Tesla would compare against the Porsche Taycan.
The Porsche Taycan will go on sale in the US shortly, with a starting price of $153,310 for the Turbo and $187,610 for the Turbo S. Lower powered derivatives will be released later this year, while the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo will be released near the end of 2020.