Porsche joins the electric car bandwagon with the unveiling of its first electric car, Taycan.
Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S are the two high-performance versions of the car on offer.
The Taycan Turbo could cost $151,000 and the Taycan Turbo S, $185,000.
Though the word ‘Turbo’ can confuse people, Porsche uses it to highlight the high-performance variants of their first electric car, Taycan. The Taycan runs entirely on electricity.
The Taycan features two electric motors, one each for the front wheels and the rear. These motors produce 617hp of power in the regular course. However, the higher Hp figures, 670hp and 751hp are available only in the Overboost Power Mode during quick launches.
Other variants with less power and price will soon hit the roads later this year. Porsche is also contemplating introducing the Taycan Cross Turismo, an electric crossover SUV sometime in the next year.
The Overboost Power Mode and Launch Control System enable the Taycan Turbo S to accelerate from 0 to 60mph within 2.6 seconds. That equals the performance of the Porsche 911 Turbo. However, Tesla claims that it's Model S Performance can do much better and that too, without using the Launch Control feature.
Porsche believes that quick acceleration is not the only defining feature of a high-performance car. It should be easily maneuverable, as well. A professional driver, driving the Porsche Taycan behind a Formula E electric car, demonstrated this quality in New York City by displaying its impressive cornering ability.
The CEO of Porsche North America, Klaus Zellmer, remarked that the Porsche Taycan excelled in all departments such as acceleration, deceleration, and dexterity. These qualities distinguish the Porsche Taycan from other electric vehicles.
Usually, electric cars have a one-speed transmission, as it does not require the multiple gear ratios present in gasoline-driven vehicles. However, the Taycan comes with a two-speed transmission system that includes a lower gear for the rear wheels to provide the thrust acceleration.
Apart from Porsche’s usual driving modes, Normal, Sport, and Sport Plus, the Taycan will feature the Range and Individual modes. The Range mode maximizes energy efficiency, whereas the Individual mode enables the driver to customize different settings.
Surprisingly, the Porsche Taycan does not have any switches, gauges, or knobs in the control panel. Computer displays and touch screens are used for controlling the car’s functions. Porsche is dispensing with the use of leather for the first time by offering interiors made entirely using recycled materials.
Taycan has the battery pack in the flooring to provide the car with a low center of gravity, thereby enabling excellent cornering. The low roofline can prove a bit uncomfortable for the rear seat occupants. To provide greater comfort, Porsche has designed recesses or foot garages into the battery pack for providing greater legroom for backseat passengers.
Apart from its driving performance, the Porsche Taycan has high-speed recharging capabilities. The unique high-output fast chargers can recharge the batteries up to 80% within 22 and a half minutes.
Under European test conditions, the Porsche Taycan mileage is around 280 miles, whereas the American test results are not announced yet.