The Porsche Taycan (pronounced TIE-kahn) is a hugely important vehicle, as it is the first high-performance luxury EV to come from Porsche. “The Taycan links our heritage to the future” stated Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. We all know that the future of the automobile industry is in EV’s, so for Porsche the future starts today.
The Taycan might be a completely new four-door sports sedan but it features the typical Porsche performance with everyday usability and thats something people know and love. And sure enough, Porsche had 30,000 orders globally even before the Taycan's public debut.
There are 2 version of the Porsche Taycan, the Taycan Turbo S and the less powerful Taycan Turbo.
The Turbo S put out 750HP and 774 lb-ft of torque, and a price starting at $186,350. The less expensive, $152,250 Turbo will have 670HP and 626 lb-ft of torque. The Taycan Turbo S accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds, while the Taycan Turbo completes this sprint in 3.2 seconds. The Turbo S has a range of up to 412 kilometres, and the Turbo a range of up to 450 kilometres (according to WLTP in each case). The top speed of both all-wheel-drive models is 260 km/h (162mph)
The Porsche Taycan will be the first production vehicle with a system voltage of 800 volts instead of the typical 400 volts for electric cars. This is an advantage for Taycan drivers on the road: because in just over five minutes, the battery can be recharged using direct current (DC) from the high-power charging network for a range of up to 100 kilometres (according to WLTP).
The charging time for 5% to 80% SoC (state of charge) is approximately 22 minutes for charging under ideal conditions, and the maximum charging power (peak) is 270 kW. The overall capacity of the Performance Battery Plus is 93.4 kWh. Taycan drivers can comfortably charge their cars with up to eleven kW of alternating current (AC) at home.
The interior of the Taycan features a freestanding, curved instrument cluster, a central, 10.9-inch infotainment display and an optional passenger display are combined to form an integrated glass band in a black-panel look. All user interfaces have been completely newly designed for the Taycan. Your typical switches and buttons have pretty much disappeared, instead you have an intelligent touch operation control or the voice control function just like your smart phone, which responds to the command “Hey Porsche”.
The future is going to be pretty damn exciting. Yes, I know there are some of you out there that don't like the thought of having an EV let alone a EV sport sedan, but thats probably because you've never really driven one. The experience of driving an EV is a completely different experience from the typical sports cars of today but trust me, the future will be mind blowing.