The Car Connection Porsche Taycan Overview
The Porsche Taycan is the automaker's first all-electric vehicle.
It went on sale late in 2019 for the 2020 model year. Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S models arrived first, followed in 2020 by the 4S.
With the Taycan, Porsche has a rival for the Tesla Model S and the coming horde of electric luxury vehicles from mainstream automakers.
But the Porsche's price is anything but mainstream—the Taycan starts at more than $100,000 and can approach $200,000 in top configurations. Future models with the smaller Performance Battery and a base rear-wheel-drive model might slot in at considerably less.
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The 2020 Taycan follows the lead of the Mission E concept that debuted in 2015, and looks like an evolutionary cross between the Porsche 911 and the Panamera full-size sedan. The five-seat Taycan has the same width-to-height proportions as the Porsche 911, and the front is low and wide. Unlike the Panamera hatchback, the Taycan has a trunk. There’s no outward indication that the Taycan is a battery-electric vehicle other than the charge ports and the absence of a rear exhaust. The Taycan’s body line wraps from the headlights all the way around the assembly and dips down in the rear, giving it a low, sporty profile.
The two Taycans available at launch are called “Turbo” but are all-electric vehicles, so there are no turbochargers. If Porsche is a performance brand, then “Turbo” equates to super performance in Porsche’s nomenclature. Both Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S are powered by electric motors on the front and rear axle that make 616 horsepower and 626 pound-feet of torque. With launch control activated, the Turbo can spin out 670 hp briefly, the Turbo S up to 750 hp (774 lb-ft of torque) for just a few seconds. Both cars reach a top speed of 161 mph, and the Turbo accelerates up to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds—the Turbo S does the same in 2.6 seconds.
Both Taycan models are powered by a 93-kwh lithium-ion battery that can be recharged up to 80 percent in less than 23 minutes on a fast-charger (270 kw). The Taycan is expected to get about 240 miles of range, but Porsche will announce the official range closer to its December delivery.
The Taycan's instrument cluster is splayed across a 16.8-inch curved screen set behind anti-glare glass, in an all-digital readout reminiscent of the classic Porsche 911. Depending on selected display mode—Classic, Map, Full Map, and Pure—the gauges can display high-resolution maps, speedometer, state of charge, navigation information, outside temperature, and time, among other information. The cluster blends into the curving dash for a minimalist, clean look. Flanking the instrument cluster are surface buttons for lights, ride height, suspension stiffness, and traction control modes.
Interior surfaces of the Taycan can come in leather, a natural leather-like material made from olive leaves, or synthetic suede. The floors are covered in recycled synthetic fiber. The doors and center console can be covered in wood, aluminum, fabric, or composite fibers. Behind the steering wheel to the left is the power button, similar to the starter on classic Posrches. Like the 911, the transmission selector switch is to the right.
There have been few changes to the Taycan lineup so far. Porsche has added "Function on Demand" capability for adding features over the air, Plug&Charge capability to allow easy payment during road-trip charging, and a standard aluminum roof. The glass roof had been a standard feature for 2020, but it's now optional.