Following a handful of grainy, low resolution photos of the new Porsche Taycan that surfaced on the internet last week, our spies captured the same prototype on public roads in full detail. In essence, the car is undisguised, as the only camouflage are the decals surrounding the lights on both ends. (Updated 5/4/2019)
The automaker later showed official pics of a camouflaged Taycan that shed more light on the performance EV. Now we’ve got more pieces of the puzzle courtesy of new spy shots from Germany.
Our spies spotted Porsche’s first EV with less camouflage than ever, giving us the best look yet at the headlights and taillights. Although Porsche has applied some stickers around the lights units to disguise their shapes, it’s pretty clear that those are the finished items.
The similarities with the Mission E study are striking. The headlights are recessed and have a similar signature, though they feature a transparent cover as opposed to the concept that sported individual elements with no cover. As for the taillights, they also remind us of the concept, although there are hints of the new 911 as well.
Besides the lights, the spy shots also reveal the final shape of the front and rear bumpers, tiny rear side windows and rear fenders. As you would expect, the bumpers look really aggressive thanks to a sharp splitter at the front and a massive diffuser at the rear. On a side note, Porsche has finally dropped the fake exhaust tips from the rear fascia.
Judging from how muscular the car looks and the fact that it packs Porsche Carbon Ceramic Brakes, there’s a chance it could be the range-topping “Turbo” model. Porsche will officially debut the Taycan in September in sedan guise and will begin deliveries before the end of the year. Customers can already place reservations and more than 20,000 of them already have, without even seeing the finished item first. A high-riding, Cross Turismo shooting brake will follow in 2020.
The Taycan will be able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 3.5 seconds in Turbo guise and offer a driving range of more than 500 km (311 miles) as per the NEDC standard. The 800-volt technology will enable the Taycan to get enough juice for 100 km (62 miles) with just four minutes of charging.