The Porsche Taycan is the first dedicated electric vehicle from this iconic German brand. The earlier Mission E Cross Turismo concept becomes the near-future Taycan production model, with the new EV entering production sometime in 2019.
Porsche first teased the world with its Mission E concept electric vehicle at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Since then, we’ve learned additional details about the planned model, including its new name, engineering details, and its approximate starting cost.
The Taycan rides on an all-new platform and will not share components with the Panamera sedan. A lithium-ion battery pack sits underneath the floor and is found between the two axles. Each axle has its own electric motor, thus making this EV all-wheel drive. The new platform will spawn additional models within the Porsche product line, including a wagon variant. We expect EV models to eventually roll out from other Volkswagen Group brands, including Audi, Bentley and possibly Lamborghini.
Porsche says the Taycan will deliver at least 600 horsepower for a 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds. It will have a driving range of 310 miles. With 800-volt fast charging, a Taycan should gain an additional 250 miles of range in about 15 minutes. Like Tesla, Porsche will build its own supercharging network across the United States, with 500 fast chargers deployed. Owners will also have the option to charge their vehicles at 400-volt charging units or through their normal household plug.
The Taycan will be available with a choice of battery packs with the standard one coming in at 80 kWh and the optional one at 95 kWh. You’ll want the larger pack to reach the top performance numbers.
Two features expected with the Taycan include four-wheel steering and torque vectoring. Porsche promises the Taycan will drive like your typical Porsche and that’s a good thing.
Not much else is known about the Taycan, although we expect it to seat four people, just like the concept. The interior will have a large touchscreen with a second display located behind the steering wheel. Features such as a leather interior, aluminum trim, LED lighting, and a world-class sound system seems likely. We’re expecting no less than a full suite of driver-assist safety features as well.