The new Porsche Taycan has finally been fully revealed as the Zuffenhausen-based firm’s first all-electric vehicle.
Drawing clear inspiration from the Mission E concept of 2015, the new Taycan is billed as a four-door sports saloon offering "typical Porsche performance and connectivity with everyday usability".
The first derivatives in the new range are the (interestingly named) Taycan Turbo S and Taycan Turbo, which the brand says are “among the most powerful production models” it currently offers. Less powerful variants of the all-wheel-drive newcomer are set to follow later in 2019. The Taycan Cross Turismo, meanwhile, is expected towards the end of 2020.
So, to the headline figures you’re no doubt seeking. The flagship Turbo S version of the Taycan generates up to 560 kW of “overboost power” (and a whopping 1 050 N.m), while the Taycan Turbo tops out at 500 kW (and 850 N.m). Both models feature a permanently excited synchronous electric motor on each axle.
According to Porsche, the Taycan Turbo S can sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 2,8 seconds, while the Taycan Turbo takes four-tenths longer. The more powerful model has a claimed range of up to 412 km, while the Turbo can go 450 km. The two variants share a top speed of 260 km/h.
Porsche says its fresh-faced Taycan is the first production vehicle with a system voltage of 800 volts, as opposed to the “usual” 400 volts for electric cars. Thus, in “just over five minutes”, the battery can be recharged using direct current from a high-power charging network for a range of up to 100 km. Maximum charging power is 270 kW, while the overall capacity of the battery is 93,4 kWh.
Inside, you’ll notice the freestanding, curved instrument cluster and the centrally sited 10,9-inch infotainment display. As we’ve already reported, there’s also an optional passenger display. Two luggage compartments are available: the front compartment has a capacity of 81 litres while the rear adds 366 litres.