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The Porsche Taycan is an all-electric sports sedan based on the Mission E concept. It’s also Porsche’s first-ever production electric car, designed to go head-to-head against the Tesla Model S. The Taycan was developed off the Porsches Mission E concept first seen in 2015. The production model’s profile is inspired by the Panamera, while the rear-end is reminiscent of a contemporary 911 with some 918 Spyder elements. Upfront, the headlamps are more Mission E and retain the quad-LED lights. From the side, there is a slight through-line from the Panamera, but the Taycan has a sleeker profile that is quite satisfying to behold.
The 2020 Porsche Taycan has some phenomenal stats—with up to 751 and 774-pound feet of torque on the range-topping Turbo S model with the Overboost function from 616 hp. Power comes from two electric motors: one on the front axle and one on the rear. The Taycan Turbo and Turbo S each produce 616 hp. Add Launch Control and the Overboost function, and the Turbo pumps out up to 671 hp. The Turbo S meanwhile offers 751 hp. The all-wheel-drive system and two-speed transmission—allows for a 0 to 96 kilometers per hour run of 2.6 seconds and a top speed of 260 kilometers per hour; a phenomenal performance that blows the Tesla Model S out of the water.
The 2020 Porsche Taycan has some phenomenal stats— with up to 751 and 774-pound feet of torque on the range-topping Turbo S model with the Overboost function from 616 hp. Power comes from two electric motors: one on the front axle and one on the rear.
Porsche’s first all-electric production model features two electric motors. One is mounted on the front axle, while the other incorporates the two-speed transmission and the pulse-controlled converter into a compact drive module on the rear axle. Porsche claims that these motors have a higher power density of all-electric powertrains available on the market today. In terms of charging the on-board battery, there is a revolution here—as the Taycan features an 800-volt system instead of the more popular 400-volt system found in most electric cars. It means that the Taycan’s battery charges incredibly fast. For instance, under ideal conditions, the charging time from five to 80 percent is just 22 and a half minutes. In terms of range, the Porsche Taycan Turbo S gets an estimated 412 kilometers of scope, while the Taycan Turbo gets 450 km.
The Taycan features an adaptive air suspension with three-chamber technology as standard, as well as Porsche’s Active Suspension Management and electronic damper control. The options list includes the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport, and an electromechanical roll stabilization system. The Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus system is also optional.
The chassis is usable in four driving modes, including Normal, Sport, Sport Plus, and Range.
Taycan’s battery charges incredibly fast. For instance, under ideal conditions, the charging time from five to 80 percent is just 22 and a half minutes. In terms of range, the Porsche Taycan Turbo S gets an estimated 412 kilometers of scope, while the Taycan Turbo gets 450 km.
Design-wise, the Taycan’s interior features a sleek minimalist dash with a crisp 6.8-inch curved display positioned atop the steering column and a 10.9-inch central touchscreen; and a similar optional display on the passenger side. When ordered, the two screens combine to form a large display that integrates perfectly into the dashboard fascia. Porsche says that both monitors have been designed specifically for the Taycan to reduce the number of classic switches and buttons. You can order a sustainable leather-free interior that replaces the classic leather with recycled materials. All Porsche interior colors and materials are available for custom-ordering. The Taycan features two luggage compartments. There’s one in the front with a capacity of 2.8 cubic feet and one in the rear with 12.9 cubic feet for a total of 15.7 cubic feet.
The Porsche’s Stuttgart manufacturing facility in Germany will build the Taycan, where Porsche is also investing over $825 into its Weissach development center. Estimated pricing for the Porsche Taycan Turbo starts at $150,900 before options. The more powerful Turbo S model costs $185,000. Deliveries begin in late 2019.