2020 Porsche Taycan: Sleek, High-Tech And Surprisingly Spacious

The Porsche Taycan has finally arrived and, this clip from Top Gear, we get the chance to see the electric sedan for the first time on video.

Aerodynamics have played a key factor in the design of the Taycan which, in Turbo guise, has a drag coefficient of just 0.22. Porsche was able to achieve such a low figure thanks to the vehicle’s sleek overall exterior design as well as the use of a completely flat underbody that even covers up the rear suspension components. The design of the wheels also aid in aerodynamics as do cooling ducts that close automatically when they are not needed.

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The interior of the Taycan is also particularly nice and, on first impressions, certainly appears much more premium than its direct rival, the Tesla Model S.

For starters, there is a 16-inch wide curved instrument cluster unlike any other on the market. In the middle of the dashboard is a more conventional touchscreen where you can configure drive modes and change radio stations. Underneath is a third display for the climate control and, last but not least, there’s an (optional) fourth touchscreen display ahead of the front-seat passenger.

Porsche’s all-electric sports saloon will initially be sold in Turbo and Turbo S form. Both feature two electric motors, one at each axle, and deliver an identical 616 HP. However, when running on overboost, the Turbo pumps out 671 HP while the Turbo S climbs to 750 HP.

The public will have its first opportunity to see the new Taycan in the flesh at next week’s Frankfurt Auto Show.

 

  • Matteo Tommasi

    500 screens don’t make it high-tech, it’s just distracting because you need to look at what you’re trying to do instead of feel it.

    • Zed68

      Agreed, we don’t need smartphones with wheels.

  • Dude

    I love just about everything about it except the price. That’s a lot more expensive than I was expecting

    • B.Stokes

      I agree. I was extremely excited about to Taycan until I saw the price. It’s kind of ridiculous. And in typical Porsche fashion you have to pay extra for basics like folding mirrors. And no autonomous driving capabilities.

      • wintergraan

        That’s not true. The Taycan offers acc and active lane assist (Porsche InnoDrive) 😉

    • Jason Panamera

      It is pretty pricey 4 door toad from Porsche. If it wants to fight Tesla, it shoudl be two times better than it.

    • Matthew Daraei

      Exactly. was expecting it to be somewhere around 100K.

      • OS

        and it will be. the 4S or S version will start at 90k. Remember Tesla’s P90D with ludicrous mode was initially priced at 130k?

    • PK

      it’s a porsche so what did you expect? a decent price? lol

      • Dude

        Porsche’s mainstream cars (Panamera/SUVs) have starting prices somewhat in line with the competition. A starting price of 150k is something else

        • PK

          well it’s an electric car and a brand new from porsche so i wasn’t surprised that they would price this car so high from the get go.

        • Mike Sinyaboot ©

          The $150k starting price makes complete sense as that is for the Turbo. The Panamera Turbo starts at $153k. The Cayenne Turbo starts at close to $130k. The lower spec Taycans will most likely start in the $110-$115k range.

          I actually find these prices quite reasonable simply due to the massive R&D costs. Now that Porsche has developed its electric tech and manufacturing processes, the costs will go down as the tech is implemented in all Porsche models.

          The same thing happened with BMWs i8/i3. Those cars are very expensive due to $2 billion plus BMW spent developing the tech. The cars were never possibly going to make BMW money. They are tech showcases. BMW now has manufacturing facilities for the mass production of carbon fiber components and electric drive-trains. The carbon fiber tech is already being used in other models like the 7-series which has a “carbon core”.

        • tekdemon

          It’s priced the same as the equivalent Panamera trim. Of course with normal options these cars are really $170K and $190K.
          Funny part is you don’t even get fast charging or a motorized charge port door standard on the $150K turbo, lol…have to pay for both of those.

  • Jason Panamera

    I hope new Mercedes EQS won’t be so expensive.

    • OS

      it’ll be cheaper forsure..but it won’t offer the same performance. Porsche has been working on this for 5 years…Mercedes kinda just started a year or so ago.

      • Jason Panamera

        EQC was in development since 2014 so I belive Mercedes works on EQS for more than one year. Anyway I can’t wait to see new fully electric XJ. I think that it’s gonna have good entry.

    • I HOPE IT WONT BE YET ANOTHER GUTTED ICE VEHICLE BUT A DEDICATED EV.

  • Sébastien

    Spacious??!
    Not really, the trunk isn’t bigger than a Golf.

  • AFTER WATCHING A FEW THESE WALK AROUNDS (ALL WITH THE SAME CAR IN THE SAME STUDIO) I’VE BECOME A BIT UNDERWHELMED. THE FRONT CLIP LOOKS GRAFTED ON WITH A SLOPPY TRANSITION FROM THE FRONT FENDER TO THE DOOR. WHILE THE INTERIOR IS MUCH NICER THAN A MODEL S THE SEATS LOOK RATHER THIN AND THE BACK SEAT LOOKS CRAMPED AND NOT A VERY LUXURIOUS PLACE TO BE. EVEN THOUGH IT’S SMALLER THAN THE PANAMERA I EXPECTED THE SAME LEVEL OF QUALITY WITCH DOESN’T SEEM TO BE THE CASE. FOR OVER $220K FULLY OPTIONED THEY COULD DO BETTER.

    • john1168

      I’m not too impressed with the looks either. It’s not bad looking. It’s just awkward and a little clumsy looking. Not a cohesive design. And I don’t like the styling of the headlights. Interior seems really nice but it looks a bit difficult getting in and out of the rear seats. Very cool tech though. And I’m sure a great performer. I’m curious about the 2 speed transmission. Still can’t get over the turbo badging…LOL

      • I WAS EXPECTING NICE LUXURIOUS SEATS NOT JUST A BIT NICER THAN THE MODEL S. YOU GET PLENTY OF OPTIONS WHICH TESLA SIMPLY DOESN’T OFFER. YOU CAN DELETE THE TURBO BADGE BUT IT IS A SILLY MARKETING PLOY. I DO LOOK FORWARD TOO SEEING WHAT IT WILL DO ONCE IT’S ON THE ROAD. MAYBE AUDI’S VERSION WILL BE MORE ENTICING.

  • Mr. EP9

    It looks better in blue.

  • MarketAndChurch

    Stunning!

  • Wandering_Spirit

    For the first time i think they got it right. It seems well executed.

  • BlackPegasus

    Did this pompous fanboy mention anything about the charging process of this vehicle? Did he mention how many miles you can drive on a full charge? Maybe I missed that bit of information in this 12 minute pretentious presentation 🙄

  • Ru

    Dirty fingers every time you rub to open the charging port!

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