Yes, you read that correctly. Porsche’s first electric vehicle (EV) called the Taycan is set to make its Philippine debut in early 2020, as announced by Porsche Philippines today. Europe’s first competitor to America’s Tesla Model S luxury electric sedan promises to deliver Porsche’s uncompromising performance and driving dynamics never before seen in its segment.
Porsche says that despite its sedan configuration, the Taycan is a genuine sports car more closely related to the legendary Porsche 911 than to the Porsche Panamera luxury model. Truly, 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. There’s also a sloping roofline that neatly leads to the rear fascia featuring a thin LED strip, which is now part of the brand’s design language.
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 optionally 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.
The Porsche Taycan will be available in three variants: Taycan Turbo S, Taycan Turbo, and Taycan 4S.
The flagship Taycan Turbo S version can generate up to 761 hp and has a combined power consumption of 26.9 kWh/100 km. With this configuration, the Taycan Turbo S can accelerate from zero to 100 kph in as little as 2.8 seconds and its driving range is rated at up to 412 kilometers in the WLTP cycle.
The Taycan Turbo can deliver up to 680 hp and has a combined power consumption of 26.0 kWh/100 km. It can sprint from zero to 100 kph in just 3.2 seconds and has a range of up to 450 kilometers. The top speed of the Taycan Turbo S and Taycan Turbo is 260 km/h.
Recently joining the two versions is the Taycan 4S—the model range’s entry-level variant. Available in the Taycan 4S are two battery sizes. The standard Performance battery can put out as much as 530 hp and has a combined power consumption of 24.6 kWh/100 km. The driving range is estimated at 407 kilometers.
Meanwhile, the Taycan 4S’s Performance battery Plus can produce up to 571 hp and has a combined electrical power consumption of 25.6 kWh/100 km. When fully charged, it can travel up to 463 kilometers. Whichever battery system is chosen, the Taycan 4S accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h in 4.0 seconds.
As for charging, the Taycan is the first production vehicle with a system voltage of 800 volts, instead of the usual 400 volts for electric cars. This allows the car’s battery to be recharged in just over five minutes when using direct current (DC) from the high-power charging network—already good for a range of up to 100 kilometers (according to WLTP testing). The charging time for 5 percent to 80 percent SoC (state of charge) takes 22.5 minutes for charging under ideal conditions, and the maximum charging power, or peak, is 270 kW.
Taycan drivers can also comfortably charge their cars with up to 11 kW of alternating current (AC) at home. The Taycan’s charging process is quick, comfortable, intelligent and universal.