Porsche has premiered the Porsche Taycan for the Asia Pacific region in Singapore last week, ahead of the regional market launch in 2020.
As part of a global partnership between Porsche and Lucasfilm, the all-electric Taycan was “marched” on stage alongside Stormtroopers from the Star Wars films, while a drone show took place above.
The partnership between the two companies also saw the design teams at Porsche and Lucasfilm collaborating to design a fantasy starship in support of the upcoming Star Wars film. The sketches of the starship was also presented at the event.
Lucasfilm, VP Executive Creative Director Doug Chiang, highlighted the shared idealogy between the two brands. Chiang said, “Although one brand is placed in a fantasy universe and one in the real world, it’s interesting that both are defined very much by their iconic design principle.
“The basic challenge of the design brief was to design a starship that would both be true to the Star Wars universe and Porsche design DNA,” He added.
Porsche AG’s Vice President Style Porsche, Michael Mauer, who was present at the event, shared the design philosophy behind the vehicle. He said “Designing the Taycan was one of the most exciting tasks, because the only certainty was that it had to be recognisable as a Porsche at first glance.
“Just like what the 911 has achieved, my vision is that the Taycan will become an icon of this new era, a synonym for a purely electric sports car,” he added.
The Porsche Taycan is the German brand’s first foray into electrification. Two electric motors generate up to 761 hp overboost power on the flagship Turbo S model, which translates to a zero to 100 km/h time of 2.8 seconds.
The Turbo S model does 412 km based on the WLTP cycle, while the toned-down Taycan Turbo has a range of 450 km.
Porsche Taycan is also the first production vehicle utilising 800 volts system voltage. The doubling of the usual 400 v system resulted in enhanced charging performance, achieving 100 km of range with just five minutes of charging using a direct current (DC) high speed charger.
The 93.4 kWh battery can be charged from five to 80% in just 22.5 minutes under ideal conditions, using the maximum charging power of 270 kW.