In an automotive world where performance is not solidly pinned on electricity, manufacturers have found ways to break the mold. One such manufacturer is Porsche.
Just yesterday, the German marque held a simultaneous worldwide debut of their first, fully electric sports car: the Porsche Taycan. North America, China, and Europe held the release in-sync, and now, the Taycan Turbo and the Taycan Turbo S are out for the world to see.
The Taycan sports a rather unique look. Despite having four doors instead of the usual two you’d expect of a Porsche, it does not lack in offering characteristic Porsche performance and connectivity with everyday usability. Highly advanced production methods were used in its development, and the Taycan’s features set new standards for sustainability and digitalization.
“We promised a true Porsche for the age of electric mobility – a fascinating sports car that not only excites in terms of its technology and driving dynamics, but also sparks a passion in people all over the world, just like its legendary predecessors have done. Now we are delivering on this promise,” emphasizes Michael Steiner, Member of the Executive Board of Porsche AG – Research and Development.
“The Taycan links our heritage to the future. It carries forward the success story of our brand – a brand that has fascinated and thrilled people the world over for more than 70 years,” said Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG, who opened the world premiere in Berlin, “This day marks the start of a new era.”
The Taycan retains much of the unmistakable Porsche design DNA. Up front, it looks particularly wide and flat with contoured wings. A sporty, downward-sloping roofline round up the car’s shape. The sleek cabin, the drawn-in rear C-pillar and the pronounced shoulders of the rear/wings result in a sharply emphasized rear, typical of Porsche's cars. There are also innovative elements such as the glass-look Porsche logo, which has been integrated into the light bar at the rear.
Step inside and you’ll find that the free-standing, curved instrument cluster forms the highest point on the dashboard. A central, 10.9-inch infotainment display and an optional passenger display are combined to form an integrated glass band in a black-panel look. All user interfaces have been designed from scratch for the Taycan. Classic hardware controls such as switches and buttons have been greatly reduced, as well. In their place are intelligent and intuitive touch operations or a voice control function, which responds to the command “Hey Porsche”.
Under the hood, the Taycan is the first production vehicle with a system voltage of 800 volts instead of the commonly used 400 volts for electric cars. This translates to a charging time from five to 80 percent State of Charge (SoC) is just 22.5 minutes, with a maximum charging power (peak) of up to 270 kW.
For the flagship Turbo S variant, the Taycan can generate up to 750 horsepower (560 kW) of power in combination with Launch Control and overboost, while the Taycan Turbo can produce up to 670 horsepower (500 kW). Acceleration for the Turbo S clocks in at zero to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 2.6 seconds, while the Taycan Turbo can complete this sprint in 3.0 seconds. The top track speed of both all-wheel-drive models is 161 mph (260km/h).
The first models in the new Taycan series are the Turbo, and the Turbo S. Both vehicles feature the cutting edge of Porsche E-Performance and are among the most powerful production models that the sports car manufacturer currently has in its product range. Less powerful variants of these all-wheel drive vehicles will follow this year. The first derivative to be added will be the Taycan Cross Turismo set to debut at the end of next year.