Porsche’s management has shown time and time again that they’re not afraid to take the company outside of its comfort zone. Some examples include the company’s first SUV, the Cayenne in 2002, and their first sedan (albeit technically a liftback), the Panamera back in 2009.
Now, they’re working to launch their first ever dedicated electric model, the Taycan performance sedan.
Officially confirmed and named by the company last month, the Taycan was originally previewed by the Mission E Concept, back in 2015. As expected, the serial model has been toned down a bit for production, as the video shared below reveals.
A Porsche Taycan prototype was scooped lapping the Nurburgring and cruising the streets around the German track wearing some thin camouflage on its sculpted body. At this point, you may have noticed the exhaust tips, but that’s only the automaker’s way of tricking curious eyes looking at the car, as there’s no internal combustion engine sitting under the hood.
Instead, the Taycan features a pure electric powertrain. Most technical and performance details about it remain a secret, but the automaker’s CEO, Oliver Blume, did reveal that it will deliver in excess of 600PS (592hp / 441kW). The 0- 100km/h (62mph) mark is expected to be achieved in under 3.5 seconds, while the 0 to 200km/h (0-124mph) in less than 12 seconds.
Equally importantly, under ideal conditions, it’s said to be able to travel 500km (310mi), in between charges, under the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). Plugging it in for 4 minutes will reportedly give users a range of some 100km (62mi).
Porsche will start making the Taycan next year, with a possible world premiere at the Geneva auto show in March.