All-Electric Porsche Taycan Makes World Premiere And Ushers Iconic Brand Into A Sustainable Future
The Porsche Taycan is officially here in all its fully-electric sports car glory. The four-door sports sedan aims to marry Porsche’s performance heritage with connectivity and sustainability that’s necessary for everyday usability. “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,” said Michael Steiner, Member of the Executive Board of Porsche AG — Research and Development.
Out the gates will be the Taycan Turbo S and Taycan Turbo, both leveraging the best Porsche E-Performance will have to offer. Less powerful and more attainable variants of these all-wheel drive vehicles will follow this year, and the first derivative to be added will be the Taycan Cross Turismo at the end of next year.
The flagship Taycan Turbo S will be churning out 750 horsepower (560 kW) of power in combination with Launch Control and overboost, while the Taycan Turbo will produce up to 670 horsepower (500 kW). The Taycan Turbo S will go from 0 to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds with the Taycan Turbo doing the same in 3.0 seconds. Top track speed for both variants come in at 161 mph. The Taycan is the first production vehicle with a system voltage of 800 volts instead of the commonly used 400 volts for electric cars. For Taycan drivers, under ideal conditions, the 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. The overall capacity of the 800V high voltage battery is 93.4 kWh. At-home charging is the standard 9.6 kW using a standard SAE J1772 connector.
At standstill, the Porsche Taycan merges unmistakable Porsche design elements with forward-thinking details. The sporty roofline sloping downward to the rear reminds us of Panamera while the front view gives it a wider, more flat stance. The side sections add to the character, highlighted by the drawn-in rear C-pillar and pronounced shoulders. A glass-look Porsche logo has been integrated into the light bar at the rear.
Step inside and you’re met with clean lines and a completely new architecture for the brand. The free-standing, curved instrument cluster forms the highest point on the dashboard and places a clear focus on the driver axis. In the center is a 10.9-inch infotainment display and an optional passenger display. All user interfaces have been designed from scratch for the Taycan. Classic hardware controls have been tossed for the most part, instead allowing owners to use touch operation or by simply saying “Hey Porsche”.
With a massive emphasis on sustainability, Porsche’s offering an entirely leather-free interior option for the first time. Innovative recycled materials are leveraged and reworked to create an experience that’s still premium and everything we’d expect from Porsche. Foot garages are the recesses in the battery in the rear foot well and are allowing for more seating comfort for those riding in the back. There are also two luggage compartments in the Taycan, one in the front that has 2.8 cubic feet and another in the rear which delivers an additional 12.9 cubic feet.
See more of the Porsche Taycan Turbo S and Taycan Turbo in the gallery above and expect them to be available for sale this year.