Porsche is here and they are doing it again. The milestones they achieved with their ever-green model Porsche 911, they are hoping to get the same returns from their newest offering to the performance automobile segment. But this time, it is not only about the future of the firm but also the future of the Luxury automobile sector and the world as we know for that matter.
The new Porsche Taycan is what the company calls a step closer to the future of mobility and yes it is something that truly portrays the need to embrace the life in Generation E (‘Electic‘ for those who are wondering).
It was in 2015 when the company unveiled its plans with a concept car ‘Mission E’, which they later announced that would be calling Taycan, pronounced Tie-con. The word translates to “lively, young horse“. A shoutout to the company’s DNA, a reference to the steed of the Stuttgart coat of arms on the Porsche crest.
With the form of a four-door saloon, the styling of the sports car has design language of a coupe with cues such as a low roofline gradually sloping downwards at the rear. Almost like the old Porsche from the 50s and 60s mixed with the Porsche 919 forms to create something new altogether.
Since we are talking about the future, Porsche has maintained the expected vision for the sports car. A freestanding curved digital instrument cluster directly ahead of the driver seat, a small toggle-style gear selector, large infotainment screen stretching across dashboard to provide a display to not just the driver but the fellow passenger.
Coming to the performance specs, the Taycan is powered by an electric drivetrain with a permanent magnet synchronous motor housed within each axle in a layout that provides it with a four-wheel drive capability. The planned outputs for the sports car are speculated with options of 300kW (402hp), 350kW (469hp), 400kW (536hp) and 450kW (603hp). Although no official statements have been provided by the company till now as the production is expected to begin by the end of 2019.
The top spec Porsche Taycan (603hp) version is expected to deliver a performance of 0-62mph in well under 3.5 sec. This is in line to the performance of its peer the Porsche 911 turbo for the accelerative ability. The charging ability of this beast is something that the Porsche is proud to flaunt and it says that it keeps the sports car all prepared for the future advancements yet to come in electric vehicles.
The Taycan will is expected to have a range of over 250 miles and the most impressive feature is arguably the 800-volt system. That is double the voltage of most EVs and should allow a charge rate of up to 350 kW, which could charge the car up to 80% in only 15 minutes.
According to the officials at the firms, the expected price would be around $75000 for the base version and can go up as per the output version. This is just the beginning.