It’s finally here! After months of teasers and impressive (camouflaged) public displays, Porsche have now officially shown us their first all-electric car, the Porsche Taycan. Unveiled via a livestream event at 14:00 today, the final product is every bit as impressive as you expected it to be.
During the livestream - that was filmed in three environmentally significant locations simultaneously - Oliver Blume, Porsche's Chairman of the Executive Board, noted how the company is now built upon three different pillars - combustion engines, plug-in hybrids and electric cars. Promising to continue producing efficient combustion engine cars like the 911, Blume talked about every car that the brand creates always having a soul and reassured us that, despite its electric powertrain, the Taycan is no exception. Blume also explained how production of their cars is forever becoming greener, with some factories now producing cars whilst remaining carbon neutral.
The reveal is the first time that we’ve seen the Porsche Taycan without camouflage and it definitely doesn’t disappoint. Following in the footsteps of Porsche’s Mission e, this stunning saloon sits somewhere between the 911 and Panamera when it comes to size and shape. Whilst we all had a good idea of how the Taycan would look (thanks to some barely camo’d prototypes), the new details that are no longer hidden by obscure stickers certainly cement this as a stunning car. In our opinion, at least.
Now, performance. Power comes from two magnet synchronous motors and a 93kWh performance battery. The result is a total of 761PS and 1,050nm of torque that’s fed to all-four wheels and produces a 0-62mph sprint of 2.8 seconds and a blistering 0-124mph sprint time of 9.8 seconds. Unlike many other electric performance cars, the Porsche Taycan has proven that it can complete these sprints (using launch control) time-and-time again without detriment to the battery or motors and without any real change in performance. That’s impressive.
Porsche say that a full charge will get you a range of almost 300 miles and that technologies such as clever brake regeneration and a two-speed gearbox (which allows for maximum power when required but also maximum efficiency when cruising) help to achieve and extend this range in the real world.
Speaking of range, one of the Porsche Taycan’s party pieces has to be its 800V architecture – a world first in a production electric car, it unlocks the option of ultra-fast charging for the first time. Thanks to this, Taycan is capable of charging from zero to 80 per cent charge in as little as 15 minutes and, for times when charge is needed quickly, can gain an additional 60 miles in range in as little as five minutes (when using a 250kW charging station).
We mentioned Taycan’s brake regeneration system earlier but feel the need to touch on it properly. Capable of regenerating up to 265kW of charging power back to the battery, the system has been perfectly calibrated for both performance and efficiency. In fact, the system is so good that some initial reviews noted that traditional braking is seldom ever needed when cruising at low speeds; Porsche know this, that’s why they’ve coated the standard steel brakes (that support the regeneration system) in a special tungsten that prevents them rusting through lack of use.
As with most initial launches, we can’t say much about how it’ll be to drive (prototype tests from sources such as Fully Charged and Top Gear say it’s very good) but a recent Nürburgring record of 7minutes 42seconds and a very successful 24-hour none stop test drive – where it covered over 2,000 miles, stopping only for quick charges or driver changes – mean that we can’t help but get excited.
We’re sure you’ll agree that the Porsche Taycan is going to be something very special and we can’t wait to get some time with a physical version at one of our dealerships. If you’d like to learn more about the Porsche Taycan or you’d like to enquire, please contact your nearest Porsche Centre by following one of the links below.