Porsche has been teasing us with dimly lit images of the Taycan for the past four years and it has been spotted several times too being tested but yesterday the brands first all-electric car was officially revealed – and we must say the four-door sports saloon looks rather impressive and has the performance figures to back up the stylish aesthetics.
Featuring a wide and flat stance, sloping roofline and sculpted profile we like the fancy glass-look Porsche logo integrated into the rear light bar the most. Overall, it is a sleek and aerodynamic design with a drag value as low as 0.22 - and although it may have lost the suicide doors and the futuristic disc wheels, it still looks pretty neat.
Formerly known as the Mission-E concept (which debuted at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show), the Taycan offers many new technologies aside from its electric drivetrain but that is really the only place to begin with. Porsche says the newbie is the first production car with a system voltage of 800 volts (which is double that of most EVs) and the large amount of juice will allow it to be charged up to 80 per cent in only 22.5 minutes. The 800V battery has an overall capacity of 93.4 kWh (almost the same as the Tesla Model S) while all variants of the Porsche will feature two electric motors (one at each axle) making the model all-wheel drive with a two-speed transmission located at the rear axle. As for range, it’ll have 450km (less than the Tesla Model S). Porsche AG hasn’t just pushed forward with a plan to develop this EV – it is committing billions towards further electrification and by 2025 it says more than 50 per cent of all its vehicles sold worldwide will have a plug.
The first models revealed are the Turbo S and the Turbo but don’t be fooled by the names – the Taycan is not turbocharged. Porsche is merely using the term for branding (remember, a turbocharger uses an engine’s exhaust gas forcing compressed air into a combustion chamber in combustion engines… this is an EV!). The former generates 750 horspower and the latter 670 horses (less potent variants and body styles will debut later). The Turbo S can hit 100kph from rest in a mere 2.6 seconds while the Turbo does it in 3 seconds and top speed for both is limited to 260kph. Best of all is the fact that its 2.6-second 0–100kph time can be repeated without the battery pack overheating - an advantage the Taycan will likely hold on to for a while until others catch up and this means good news for customers who wish to drive the car hard.
The complex chassis system features an adaptive air suspension (with Porsche Active Suspension Management), electronic damper control, rear wheel steering and the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport stabilization system. The Drive Modes include Normal, Sport, Sport Plus, and Range.
The interior packs a free-standing, curved instrument cluster, along with a 10.9in infotainment system which was designed specifically for the car- and an optional passenger side screen.
Drivers and passengers can make use of voice control functions which respond simply to “Hey Porsche” and since this is an EV it has two luggage compartments (one at the front and one at the back). Back seat passengers have a 5.9in touch control panel to control climate and audio while the materials used in the car are made sustainably from recycled polyester fibres.
Prices begin at approximately Dh562,000 for the Taycan Turbo and Dh688,000 for the Turbo S and it will be on display at the 2019 Frankfurt motor show later this month.