2021 Porsche Taycan: specs and upgrades revealed

Nick Lette van Oostvoorne
August 19, 2020

Porsche has given the Taycan electric car a few tweaks for 2021. It’s now faster and charges more quickly. Read on for full details…

  • Cardless/Appless charging
  • Colour head-up display
  • Accelerates faster
  • Programmable air suspension
  • 22kw on-board AC charger
  • Post-purchase upgrades

The Porsche Taycan is already one of the most high-tech electric cars on sale, but Porsche has introduced a number of upgrades that may help tempt you away from a Tesla Model S.

2021 Porsche Taycan acceleration

The biggest change, from a performance perspective at least, is that the Porsche Taycan Turbo S will now accelerate from 0-124mph in 9.6 seconds. That’s 0.2 seconds faster than before. It’ll also cover a quarter-mile sprint in 10.7 seconds instead of 10.8 seconds.

Cardless and appless charging will be possible with the 2021 Porsche Taycan. 

2021 Porsche Taycan charging

Porsche has also upgraded the Taycan to support cardless/appless charging through ‘Plug & Charge’ charging stations. This means you’ll be able to plug in your Taycan and it’ll automatically start charging without the need for any payment cards or mobile apps.

Repeated fast charging can degrade the batteries in electric cars quicker than standard charging. So Porsche has introduced the option to charge your Taycan more slowly – even when connected to a 150kW public fast charger. This is useful if you charge up using a rapid charger but you plan to leave your car plugged in for a while. You can also specify a 22kW onboard charger instead of the current car’s 11kW charger.

Porsche’s made upgrades to the Taycan’s interior, charging system and suspension. 

2021 Porsche Taycan upgrades

Other upgrades for the 2021 Porsche Taycan include a colour head-up display and programmable adaptive air suspension. The latter now lets you set the suspension to automatically raise the car when it approaches a garage or car park that you regularly visit.

The Porsche Taycan is already capable of over-the-air software updates, but now Porsche has introduced what it calls the ‘Functions on Demand’ feature. You can think of this as optional extras that you can pay for after you’ve bought the car.

For the moment these optional upgrades include: Active Lane Keeping Assist, InnoDrive (adaptive cruise control with speed-limit recognition), Intelligent Range Manager and Power Steering Plus.

Lane-Keeping Assist is now available as a post-purchase option on the 2021 Taycan. 

2021 Porsche Taycan Active Lane Keeping Assist 

Lane Keeping Assist automatically helps steer for you to keep your car in the centre of your lane. It costs approximately £730, or £18 per month.

You can think of InnoDrive as advanced adaptive cruise control. 

2021 Porsche Taycan InnoDrive

InnoDrive is Porsche’s name for adaptive cruise control with speed-limit recognition. It can adjust your speed based on road conditions, changing speed limits and other cars around you. As with Active Lane Keeping Assist, it costs around £730, or £18 per month.

2021 Porsche Taycan Intelligent Range Manager

Intelligent Range Manager constantly analyses how you’re driving, the route you’re taking, the traffic expected later in your journey and the location of available charging points to minimise your total journey time – including any recharging stops you might need to make. It’s pretty much a super-advanced sat-nav designed specifically for electric cars. It costs around £360, or £10 per month.

Power Steering Plus alters how the Taycan’s steering feels in relation to how fast you’re driving.

2021 Porsche Taycan Power Steering Plus

Power Steering Plus adjusts how much assistance the power steering system offers depending on road conditions and the car’s speed. This helps make the Taycan easier to drive in town and more fun on a twisty road. It costs from approximately £290 but isn’t available for a monthly fee.

2021 Porsche Taycan price and release date

Porsche hasn’t said how much the upgraded Taycan will cost, but don’t be surprised if you see a slight increase over the current car’s £84,189 entry-level price tag. The new Taycan will be available to order from mid-September 2020.

Head over to our Porsche Taycan Review for all the details on this high-performance electric car, or check out our list of the best EVs currently on sale.