Porsche gives extensive update to all-electric Taycan
It’s been four years since Porsche came out with the all-electric Taycan. With the distinction of being Porsche’s first-ever production EV sports car, the model remained largely unchanged – until recently.
Porsche has given the Taycan a major update – and it’s as major as can be with changes on its looks inside and out, but more importantly with its EV architecture.
The Taycan receives a new set of headlights which are flatter than before, with the housing no longer connected to the bumper’s side intakes.
Meanwhile, the rear end also gets a new taillight design with the Porsche logo featuring a glass-look that can be illuminated as an option.
The interior layout remains the same for the new Taycan, but the instrument cluster, central display, and optional passenger display feature an optimized user interface with additional functions.
From the base Taycan to the top-spec Taycan Turbo S, the updated version accelerates much faster than before. The standard Taycan can reach 100 km/h from a standstill in just 4.8 seconds, while the Taycan Turbo S does it in 2.4 seconds – making the latter the fastest-accelerating Porsche to date.
Those lower 0 to 100 km/h times were achieved because the electric motor of the Taycan has a higher system output. The base Taycan gets an extra 82 PS, while the Taycan Turbo S has an additional 190 PS with launch control, pushing power output to 952 PS.
The Taycan also gets a higher-capacity battery. From 93 kWh, the updated model’s Performance Battery Plus has a capacity of 105 kWh, giving the EV sports car a higher range of up to 587 km based on real-world tests done by Porsche.
In terms of recharging, the 800-volt architecture of the updated Taycan allows the system to recuperate energy faster at up to 320 kW, which is 50 kW more than before. From the previous 37-minute charging time from 10 to 80% state of charge, the updated Taycan can replenish its battery in around 18 minutes in the same conditions, despite the bigger battery capacity.
All three body styles of the Taycan – namely the sports sedan, Cross Turismo, and Sport Turismo will feature the extensive updates. As for the model rollout, Porsche says the updated versions will start to arrive at Porsche Centers by around late March 2024.