They set out to build an ovearachieving all-electric sports car, and that’s exactly what they did.
Porsche has proven that the Taycan is everything they promised as it was recognized twice at the World Car of the Year Awards, being named as World Luxury Car and World Performance Car of the Year for 2020. And here's the kicker: for both awards, the Taycan had to beat the 911, which was also the runner up in both categories.
Starting with the Luxury Car award, the Taycan is clearly a game-changer from the German marque. It comes with what you’d expect out of a car from Stuttgart, but what may have upped the ante are the amenities that make you want to sit in it and be in it.
One such feature is a slew of digital displays – 5 in total - the smallest at 5.9 inches and the biggest at a whopping 16.8-inches that serves as a gauge cluster. Gone are the toggles, switches, and dials that are already a part of the Porsche cockpit experience. Instead, Porsche went for the digital route as the next logical step in delivering both luxury and performance.
Add to that the option of using earth-friendly Race-Tex materials for the interior upholstery, then you have yourself a sportscar made of sustainable materials by way of cutting-edge production processes. It’s an electric vehicle, so going this route makes more sense in reducing the carbon footprint.
As for its performance, jurors were clearly impressed by the numbers: 523 HP for the base model and 407 kilometer of range on just a single charge.
There are a total of three available variants for the Taycan. From the 'entry-level' 4S (523 HP) that has two different battery sizes, to the range-topping Turbo S with 750 HP and 1,050 Nm of torque, there is a Taycan for every Porsche fan and performance-driven individuals.
“We are so happy to have been awarded these prizes. They reflect the positive feedback from our customers and are a great incentive for our future work. We see ourselves as pioneers of sustainable mobility and have brought an emotive as well as highly innovative sports car to the road with the Taycan—fully electric and 100-percent Porsche,” said Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board at Porsche AG.
“This double win in the categories World Luxury Car and World Performance Car underlines what we wanted to achieve when we developed the Taycan. We wanted to create a driver-focused, fully electric sports car that can take on any performance car,” said Michael Steiner, member of the Executive Board, Research and Development at Porsche AG.
The Porsche Taycan originally had a first-quarter release in the Philippines but with the current pandemic, that has clearly been delayed. They say patience is a virtue, and that delayed gratification makes having something much sweeter. For those waiting for their own Taycan, you can rest easy that your newest EV from Porsche is already well worth its price tag.