Four years after Porsche first showed off the Mission E concept — an all-electric 4-door coupe at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show, CEO Oliver Blume has finally unveiled the production-ready Taycan to the world in an elaborate world premiere spanning three continents.
Two variants of the Taycan were announced (with more to come later); namely the Turbo and Turbo S. Both are powered by two permanent synchronous motors (PSM) pushing 625 hp and up to 1050 Nm to all four wheels. The Taycan Turbo S does the century run in just 2.8 seconds (3.2s for the Turbo), with 0-200 km/h in a searing 9.8 seconds.
What’s more impressive is the launch control system which provides an overboost peak output of 761 hp, which can be called up repeatedly at no loss in power. The measured top speed on track is 260 km/h.
The Taycan also has a two-speed transmission on its rear axle to maximise launches, and has the ability to switch between front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, subject to the drive mode selected.
The 93 kWh lithium-ion battery pack can power the Taycan over a distance of 450 km (measured on the WLTP testing cycle). As the batteries are mounted on the floor, the Taycan possesses a centre of gravity that’s actually lower than the 911‘s.
The Taycan can rapid charged at up to 270 kW, which means a range of 100 km in just 5 minutes, this is made possible as it utilises a 800V system voltage — a first among production EVs which typically run on 400V, otherwise a 11 kW wallbox will take around 8 hours to top up.
Like any model that wears the Porsche emblem, the Taycan bears motorsport DNA, taking innovations from both the 919 Hybrid, a 3-time World Endurance Championship (WEC) Champion, as well as the road-going Porsche 918. The jaw-dropping design of the Taycan is unmistakably Porsche and slices through the air with a drag coefficient of just 0.22.
The Taycan is already listed on Porsche USA’s website starting at US$150,900 for the Turbo and US$185,000 for the Turbo S, which are slightly below that of the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid at US$191,700. Meanwhile in Malaysia, the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo starts life at RM1.13 million, so you can roughly work out the math.
Porsche also revealed they had already received more than 30,000 bookings for the Taycan and that production will start before the end of the year. Porsche Malaysia has confirmed that the Taycan will be coming, when and how much, only time will tell.
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