The 2020 Porsche Taycan
Added: 16 September 2019
Making its world debut at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, the new Porsche Taycan is the brand’s first ever all-electric production car in Porsche’s almost 90-year history and it arrives with two high-power ‘Turbo’ variants; the Taycan Turbo and the Taycan Turbo S. Porsche have also stated that we can expect a cheaper two-wheel drive model and a Taycan Cross Turismo (sporty estate model) by the end of 2020.
The Taycan is a sleek four-door fastback underpinned by a bespoke, battery-electric platform and has its sights set on dethroning the Tesla Model S Performance as the default choice for electric car buyers wanting something fast and fascinating.
How far can the Porsche Taycan go on a charge?
According to Porsche, the Taycan Turbo S has a range of up to 257 miles before the batteries need recharging, with the less potent Taycan Turbo managing up to 279 miles on a single charge.
Moreover, Porsche is claiming some ultra-fast recharging times as the Taycan will be the only production car to come with an 800v charge. At maximum speed the Taycan’s batteries can be replenished from 5% to 80% in just 22.5 minutes. However, the majority of Taycan buyers will most frequently charge at home and by using an 11kW domestic wall box they will be able to completely top up their car’s batteries from flat in nine hours.
Interior Design & Technology
The Taycan is a clean, uncluttered space that cleverly marries tech and tranquillity.
‘The cabin design, with its strong horizontal elements, accentuates the width of the car,
while the driver’s view is dominated by the stunning, hood-less 16.8-inch driver display’
Robert Meier, Taycan Director.
The whole instrument panel is a single floating glass display with touch control giving the Taycan a very futuristic feel. Interestingly, the Taycan also features a passenger-side display. Porsche are claiming that their new screen technology means that screen visibility isn’t compromised by bright or direct sunlight.
As for the driving position, this is characteristically Porsche and low-slung, giving the driver a great sense of connection to the chassis and the road and general driver-vehicle harmony.
Porsche have also maintained their eco-friendly approach and ensured that much of the Taycan’s materials are recyclable. And if you are feeling extra conscious, the Taycan can also come with Porsche’s first ‘vegan’ interior.
Let’s talk performance.
The Taycan has two electric motors, one on the front axle and one on the rear axle, making the Taycan a four-wheel drive. Thanks to Porsche’s ingenious Torque Vectoring Plus system, this can constantly vary the power that goes to each individual wheel, giving the Taycan more stability and grip.
Interestingly, Porsche have decided to include a gearbox in the Taycan, this is unconventional for electric cars. However, as a result the top gear in the Taycan’s two-speed transmission gives it a higher top speed than the majority of electric cars on the market, it also means it uses less electricity at a cruise.
Thanks to its slick shape that features a sloping roofline, the Taycan earns the title of the most aerodynamic model on the Porsche range. Its chassis is controlled by a central computer network that constantly analyses and synchronises all the car’s chassis systems in real time, all of which are targeted towards improving the Taycan’s overall performance.
How much will it cost me?
Porsche UK have announced that a Turbo will set you back £115,858 and a Turbo S £138,826 before any government grants or options come into play.