Porsche unveils its first fully-electric sports car

Porsche Taycan

In a spectacular event that was held simultaneously on three continents, Porsche has unveiled the Taycan, the German sports car manufacturer's first fully-electric sports car.

The Taycan is a four-door sports salon that offers typical Porsche performance and everyday usability. Highly advanced production methods and the Taycan's wide range of features are also setting new standards when it comes to sustainability and digitisation.

The first models in this new range of cars will be the Taycan Turbo S and the Taycan Turbo and they are at the cutting edge of Porsche E-Performance. They are also among the most powerful production models that Porsche currently produces. The Taycan Cross Turismo will be added by the end of 2020 and other less powerful variants of the Taycan Turbo S and the Taycan Turbo will be added later this year.

In terms of performance, the flagship Turbo S version of the Taycan can generate up to 560 kW (761 PS) overboost power in combination with Launch Control, and the Taycan Turbo up to 500 kW (680 PS). The Taycan Turbo S accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds, while the Taycan Turbo completes this sprint in 3.2 seconds. The Turbo S has a range of up to 412 kilometres, and the Turbo a range of up to 450 kilometres (according to WLTP in each case). The top speed of both all-wheel-drive models is 260 km/h.

The Taycan is the first production vehicle with a system voltage of 800 volts instead of the usual 400 volts for electric cars. This is a particular advantage for Taycan drivers on the road: in just over five minutes, the battery can be recharged using direct cur-rent (DC) from the high-power charging network for a range of up to 100 kilometres (according to WLTP). The charging time for five to 80 percent SoC (state of charge) is 22.5 minutes for charging under ideal conditions, and the maximum charging power (peak) is 270 kW.

The interior has also had something of a makeover and signals the start of a new era. A central, 10.9-inch infotainment display and an optional passenger display are combined to form an integrated glass band in a black-panel look. All user interfaces have been completely newly designed for the Taycan. The number of classic hardware controls such as switches and buttons has been greatly reduced. Instead, control is intelligent and intuitive – using touch operation or the voice control function, which responds to the command “Hey Porsche”.

"The Taycan links our heritage to the future. It carries forward the success story of our brand – a brand that has fascinated and thrilled people the world over for more than 70 years," said Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG

Michael Steiner, Member of the Executive Board of Porsche AG – Research and Development also added that “we promised a true Porsche for the age of electromobility – a fascinating sports car that not only excites in terms of its technology and driving dynamics, but also sparks a passion in people all over the world, just like its legendary predecessors have done. Now we are delivering on this promise.”

The Porsche Taycan Turbo S and Porsche Taycan Turbo are now available to order and cost 185,456 euros and 152,136 euros respectively in Germany, including country-specific equipment and VAT.

Porsche Taycan charging

Porsche Taycan interior

Porsche Taycan interior

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