The electric Porsche Taycan is revealed as Porsche get their first electric car to market, costing £138,826 for the range-topping Taycan Turbo S.
It seems like a long road since Porsche revealed the Mission E and set itself on the road to its first electric car. And here it is, revealed initially in Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S guises, with prices, respectively, at £115,858.00 and £138,826. The ‘cheap’ Taycans will follow.
There are no real surprises with the Taycan’s looks as it hasn’t changed that much since the arrival of the Mission E – and we’ve seen endless camouflaged Taycans too – so it looks like a Porsche, with doses of 911 in the DNA, just a new sort of Porsche.
The lights at the front are set in to the front wings, there’s a (now de rigeur) full width light bar at the back, active air vents at the front to keep the brakes cool, an ‘invisible’ spoiler at the back and drag coefficient better than any other Porsche.
As we reported ages ago, Porsche is sticking with its favoured nomenclature for the Taycan, so the launch sees the top two models revealed as the Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S, both with a 93.5kWh battery and an electric motor at each end and a two-speed transmission at the back to help launch the Taycan at the horizon.
In normal use both models have 617bhp to play with, but there’s an overboost function which ups the Turbo to 671bhp and 627lb/ft of torque and on the Turbo S 751bhp and 774lb/ft of torque, enough for a 0-61mph of 3.2 seconds and 2.8 seconds respectively. Again, and again, and again…
Range is officially 280 miles on the Turbo and 256 miles on the Turbo S, with a selection of modes – Range, Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual – doing what they say on the tin to deliver your preference of range versus performance.
The Turbo comes with 20″ alloys and Porsche’s Surface Coated Brakes, air springs, 4D chassis control and torque vectoring, with the Turbo S getting ceramic brakes, 21″ alloys and rear-wheel steering.
We’ve already seen the interior of the Taycan, complete with big screens, a dearth of buttons, just about as much room as the Panamera, a sport driving position not too different to the 911’s (but a touch higher – there’s a chunk of batteries under the floor), plenty of room for luggage in the two boots (front and back).
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