Say hello to the Porsche Taycan, arguably the most important model for Porsche since the introduction of the Cayenne and one of the standouts of the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Introduced alongside another extremely important electric vehicle from the VW Group, namely the ID.3, the Taycan shows just how serious the German conglomerate is in establishing itself as a leader in the electric vehicle space. The Taycan has been developed as a rival to Tesla and looks extremely promising.
The Taycan was previewed by the Porsche’s Mission E concept that premiered at Frankfurt four years ago. Much to the surprise of many, the sleek design of the concept has been largely retained for the road-going model. That means the Taycan still has distinctive headlights with four individual daytime running lights incorporated into each light unit. The car also sports pronounced wheel arches and when viewed from the side, has an unmistakable Porsche shape.
And just like the Porsche Mission E, the Taycan sports a single LED light bar stretching the width of the car.
In terms of specs, the Porsche Taycan has so far only been revealed in Turbo and Turbo S forms. Both of these models feature dual electric motors delivering 616 hp ordinarily. However, both support an Overboost function which increases grunt from the Taycan Turbo to 671 hp and 627 lb-ft (850 Nm) and power from the Turbo S to 750 hp and 774 lb-ft (1050 Nm) of torque.
Both models are powered by a 93.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack based on an 800-volt architecture that can charge 80 per cent in as little as 22.5 minutes. Range for the Taycan Turbo sits at 280 miles (450 km) on the WLTP cycle while the Turbo S is good for 256 miles (412 km).