2020 Porsche Taycan price, specs and release date

Nick Lette van Oostvoorne
September 05, 2019

This the Porsche Taycan, an all-new, all-electric 761hp Tesla P100D-beater. Here is everything you need to know about it.

  • Porsche Taycan spearheads EV lineup
  • Specs include 761hp model
  • 279-mile range
  • Price from £116,000
  • Release date 2020

First up – how do you pronounce Porsche Taycan? Porsche helpfully released a video on that very subject – buy rather than waste 18 seconds of your life here’s our handy guide. You pronounce it as ‘Tie-Can’.

2020 Porsche Taycan price and release date

The Porsche Taycan will initially be offered as two models – the Turbo and the Turbo S. Neither of which actually have Turbos. So it’s just a badge then? Come on Porsche… you can do better than that… Later on you can expect a cheaper two-wheel-drive model, and a Taycan Cross Turismo. That’s the sporty estate model and it’s due by the end of 2020. All of which could mean the party is well and truly over for Tesla.

Price? Let’s put it this way: this electric car is not cheap. The entry-level 680hp Taycan Turbo costs at least £116,000 and that’s before you’ve even glanced at the options list. The 761hp Turbo S model, meanwhile, starts from nearly £139,000. Get your name down for a Taycan and you can expect it to be delivered in January. Though, will you even bother if you can have a top-of-the-range Tesla Model S for less than £90,000?

2020 Porsche Taycan specs

When Porsche builds an electric car one thing is for sure – it’s going to be quick. The Taycan Turbo can hurtle from 0-60 in 3.2 seconds, while the big daddy, the 761hp Taycan Turbo S, does the same in just 2.8 seconds. Though that’s almost half a second slower than a Tesla P100D. That said, the Porsche can deploy full power over and over again, while your mate in the Tesla will have to wait for their car to cool. The Porsche, meanwhile, can hit 161mph flat out, while the Tesla’s all out of puff at 155mph. That hurts.

2020 Porsche Taycan design

Porsche has played it safe with the Taycan’s styling, in fact, you could easily mistake it for a Panamera in photos but, in the metal, it appears lower and sleeker. Obvious differences include those LED headlights that seem to have been carved into the car’s nose, the flush-fitting door handles and, most obvious of all, the lack of exhaust pipes. The net result is a car with an aerodynamic Cd value of 0.22 – meaning it cuts through the air more efficiently than a Porsche 911 sports car. 

2020 Porsche Taycan interior

The Porsche Taycan’s interior might share some design features with other Porsches, but you’ll also spot big changes like the stacked central infotainment screens and the passenger-side display. This being a green electric car, much of the materials are also recycled. Space is similar to what you get in a Panamera. You should be able to fit three adult friends inside the Taycan and your rear passengers don’t get footwells. No, they get ‘foot garages’. Which, disappointingly, are just recesses in the underfloor battery. Boot capacity, meanwhile, totals 440 litres split between the frunk and the actual boot. It can also come with Porsche’s first ‘vegan’ interior. Don’t think that means it’s made from falafel, however…

2020 Porsche Taycan range and charging

The Taycan Turbo has a claimed range of 279 miles, while the more powerful Turbo S can go 257 miles. Though, a Tesla Model S Long Range can go 370 miles between charges. The Taycan is the first production car with an 800 volt electrical system – double the capacity of most electric cars. This means you can get 62 miles of range in just over 5 minutes of charge time – although you need to find a 270 kw charging station to do that… and there aren’t any of those in the UK. Still, with a 50kw fast charger you can charge the batter from 5% to 80% in 90 minutes.

2020 Porsche Taycan driving

The Taycan has two electric motors, one on the front axle and one on the rear axle, making the car four-wheel drive. With the help of Porsche’s clever Torque Vectoring Plus system, this can constantly vary the power that goes to each individual wheel, giving the Taycan more stability and grip.

Want to know why the Taycan can leave a Tesla Model S for dead on the autobahn? Well, it’s because it has a gearbox. Now you see, that’s not something most electric cars bother with because their torquey motors mean they don’t really need one. Porsche fitted one anyway. As a result, the top gear in the Taycan’s two-speed transmission gives it a higher top speed than most other electric cars. It also means it uses less electricity at a cruise.

The Taycan’s chassis is also properly clever. It’s controlled by a central computer network that constantly analyses and synchronises all the car’s chassis systems in real time. Are you ready for some acronyms? Because here goes… this includes PASM (that’s Porsche Active Suspension Management, which controls the shock absorbers), PDCC Sport (that’s Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport, which helps stop the car leaning in corners), and PTV Plus (which is the clever torque vectoring tech that makes the four-wheel-drive system work better). Phew! And breathe…

As you’d expect of a Porsche, the Taycan’s brakes are more than a match for its straightline performance. Choose the Turbo S model and you get huge 10-piston front callipers that bite down onto standard carbon-ceramic discs. The regular Taycan Turbo makes do with steel brake discs, but even they get a ceramic coating to help them stand up to vigorous use. Not that you’ll need to use them that often, because Porsche reckons for 90% of the time in everyday driving, stopping will be handled by the brake recuperation system fitted to the electric motors.

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