The Porsche Taycan is an all-new electric car which will be released in 2020 as a Telsa Model S alternative. Full details here…
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- Porsche Taycan spearheads EV lineup
- Specs include 600hp
- 310-mile range
- Price from £60,000
- Release date 2020
Porsche has built the first prototype version of its four-door electric coupe – the Porsche Taycan – as the car is readied for full production in 2019.
The latest news comes as Porsche elaborated on exactly what goes into getting 50 percent of its new cars electrified – something the company reckons it’ll achieve by 2025.
As it stands, Porsche says the Taycan will be built in a ‘factory within a factory’ at its main car-building plant in Zuffenhausen, Stuttgart, in Germany. Driverless transport systems will make production as efficient as possible and Porsche reckons the factory will be carbon neutral with an aim to become ‘zero impact’ – so making no environmental impact, at all – in the future. Enough about the factory, what else do we know about the car?
2020 Porsche Taycan price and release date
Let’s kick off with the price, The Porsche Taycan is set to cost around £70,000 – about the same as Tesla asks for a Model S and, for that matter, what Porsche wants for an entry-level Panamera. The Porsche Taycan is expected to go on sale in 2020.
2020 Porsche Taycan styling
The Porsche Taycan will look similar to the Mission E concept, which was first shown at the Frankfurt motor show in 2015 and is the car pictured.
That means you can expect it to have a clean organic look with fewer of the grilles and air ducts you’ll find on a regular Porsche. That’s because the Taycan – as an electric car – doesn’t need to cool the radiators and oil coolers you’ll find on a petrol-powered Porsche.
Up front, the Porsche Taycan gets bright LED headlights as standard, which use less energy than conventional bulbs. In profile, the Taycan’s slippery shape helps it cut through the air and, for the same reason, it’ll have a flat underside and be available with rear facing cameras in place of larger, drag-causing wing mirrors.
The Porsche Taycan comes with a full-width brake light at the rear and a deep, wide diffuser. Because it’s electric, there’s no need for any messy exhaust trims at the back, so you can expect it to look clean, simple and uncluttered. Unlike the Mission E concept, the Porsche Taycan will probably come with a Panamera-style folding rear spoiler.
2020 Porsche Taycan interior
The Porsche Taycan won’t come with the same backwards-hinged rear doors as the Mission E concept, but it should borrow the concept car’s wide digital display.
Images of the prototype Porsche Taycan being tested suggest the finished car will come with an additional touchscreen in the centre console instead of the Panamera’s two rows of touch-sensitive buttons. The Panamera’s analogue rev-counter will also almost certainly be dropped in favour of a single widescreen digital driver’s display.
The Porsche Taycan’s long body will give ample legroom in the front and the back, but the sloping roofline cuts into your rear passengers’ headroom. With the large battery located between the front and back wheels, you can put money on there being enough space for a set of golf clubs under the Porsche’s boot lid.
2020 Porsche Taycan shooting brake
If you want to make your Taycan even more practical, then it’s possible that it will be offered as sporting shooting brake estate. It’ll keep the sporty lines of the regular Taycan but give you a larger boot that is easier to load – ideal if you want to let your dog experience exactly what 600hp feels like.
2020 Porsche Taycan performance
The Porsche Taycan’s two electric motors will produce more than 600hp combined. This will allow the sporty four-door to sprint from 0-62mph in less than 3.5 seconds. That’s faster than some supercars, but still some way off the 2.4-second figure achieved by the Tesla Model S P100D. Unlike the Tesla, however, Porsche claims that the Taycan will be able to perform such acceleration consistently without needing to let its batteries cool.
You can expect the full weight of Porsche’s car-building expertise to come into play when it comes to making the Taycan great to drive – rather than simply being very fast. And for an idea of what we can expect from the Taycan, we only need to look at the Audi e-tron – Audi and Porsche both being part of the VW Group. If you’re worried about the Taycan driving like an Audi SUV, don’t be because the e-tron has an accomplished chassis with a clever four-wheel-drive system that makes huge powerslide easy and – even if that’s not your poison – it is equally good at being safe and predictable to drive.
In terms of range, the aim is to make the Taycan capable of driving for more than 310 miles between charges. Porsche hasn’t confirmed how long it’ll take to charge the battery from flat, but has said that adding an extra 250 miles of range to the Taycan’s battery pack will take just 15 minutes using its new 800V charging stations.
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