The Porsche Taycan is almost here, with the German electric sedan set to enter production this September, and Fully Charged got an exclusive first drive of a late prototype.
The drive took place at an airfield, with Porsche wanting to show off the Taycan’s ability to pull consecutive launches from zero to 124mph (200km/h). Unlike Tesla’s P100D models, Porsche claims that the Taycan will be able to sustain its straight-line performance, even after 30 back-to-back launches.
Porsche’s first electric model will feature a pair of electric motors with a combined output of over 600hp. The German manufacturer promises a 0-62mph (100km/h) in the low 3s, 0-124 (200km/h) in under 10, and a top speed limited to 155mph (250km/h) for the top-spec Taycan.
The Taycan’s 0-62mph time isn’t as fast as, say, a Tesla’s, but Porsche preferred a more stable performance instead of participating in the headline-grabbing numbers’ game.
Porsche also claims that the range-topping Taycan will be able to travel up to 311 miles (500km) on a full charge thanks to its liquid-cooled -probably 96kWh- battery pack. It will also be compatible with 250kW fast-charging.
Porsche will also expand the Taycan range with less powerful versions featuring one electric motor and rear-drive in the near future. The lineup is rumored to use the same nomenclature with the rest of the Porsches, meaning that the most powerful Taycan will be the “Turbo”.
So far, Porsche has accepted over 20,000 orders for the Taycan, with the electric sedan’s market launch expected to take place in the end of this year.