Ahead of a debut in production guise later in 2019, the new Porsche Taycan – Porsche’s first electric car – is out final testing around the globe.
It’s nine months since the car we’ve known as the Porsche Mission E since it first arrived as a concept was declared to be the Porsche Taycan for production. But since then we’ve learnt more.
We’ve learnt that the Taycan will come in three flavours – Taycan, Taycan 4S and Taycan Turbo – reflecting Porsche’s familiar nomenclature for ICE cars. Which will mean a range of battery and performance figures depending on how deep your pockets are.
Porsche has also taught us that we need to say “Tie-caan” and not “Taycan” and that they already have more than 20,000 orders for the Taycan with deposits. Which means addressing production volumes upwards.
Now we learn that the Taycan has entered its final testing phase ahead of its production debut, with a road train of Taycans out for performance testing in South Africa (above), cold weather testing in Scandinavia, close to the Arctic Circle, and hot weather testing in Dubai. That means, altogether, subjecting the electric Taycan to temperatures from minus 35 to plus 50 degree Celsius.
Taycan model line VP, Stefan Weckbach, said:
After carrying out computer simulations and comprehensive bench tests early on, we have now reached the final phase of this demanding testing programme.
Before the Taycan is launched on the market at the end of the year, we will have covered approximately six million kilometres across the globe. We are already very happy with the current status of the vehicles. The Taycan is going to be a true Porsche.
All of which should make the Taycan very much a Porsche, despite its electric powertrain.