Porsche Taycan (meaning Lively Young Horse), previously named as the Mission E, the first fully electric vehicle from Porsche is all set to hit mass production next year. The car, as reported by Porsche is currently in the final stages of its testing.
In just over 4 years, the Porsche Mission E was able to evolve itself and finally deliver the all-electric Taycan. The Mission E had received its first greens signal back in 2015 when the company actually announced that they plan to achieve full electric mobility in a decade. Hence, it is quite impressive that they managed to roll out a fully electric performance driven car within such a short duration.
Taycan, unlike other electric cars, comes with some really impressive performance numbers. The car effortlessly accelerates to 100 km/hr in less than 3.5 seconds and catches up to 200 km/hr in less than 12 seconds. The car also holds on to its performance even while undergoing multiple accelerations meaning multiple jump starts are not an issue.
These acceleration numbers are achieved with the help of two PSMs (Permanently excited Synchronous Motors) combinely delivering a power of 440 kilowatts enabling a horsepower of 600. Now that is a horsepower comparable with the likes of cars such as the Bugatti Chiron, Audi R8, Aston Martin DB 11, and the Chevrolet Camaro. Porsche also promises a range of over 500 kilometers with a single charge. The ideal expectation is that you would be able to charge up to nearly 85 percent of the battery in just 15 minutes.
The power outputs for the Taycan are much higher than that of the Porsche Panamera Hybrid which has a combined power of 340 kilowatts and a horsepower of 462. The acceleration of the Panamera ( 0-100km/hr in 4.6s) is also less as compared to the Taycan.
The Taycan has a wider body framework to accommodate a much bigger battery. This, in turn, compliments the car’s Range and Performance.
Porsche says that Taycan is an electric car designed for long journeys. It comes with phenomenal fast charging capabilities. The car can easily store the charge required for 100km in just 4 minutes. The additional fact that it has a range of over 500 kilometers with a single charge also makes it a suitable choice for long distance travels.
Mark Webber Calls the Porsche Taycan a ‘Game Changer’
Mark Webber, after one of his exclusive test drives of the Mission E at Porsche’s test track in Weissach, called the Mission E as a ‘Game Changer’ and a ‘Gorgeous Piece of Machine’. The Electro mobility aspect of the car reminded him of the 919 and that the wheel arch resembles the 918.
Mark says that the Stealth Performance is absolutely the Porsche. He also added that though the car was heavy, steering and the performance braking ability was a very nice surprise. He was also keen to mention how gorgeous the view from the cockpit looked. From what Mark said, we could conclude that the Taycan may resemble some of other Porsche’s models in design, performance, and driving experience.
Whether or not the Porsche Taycan will come with some sort of Self-Driving Capability is not known as of this point. The Tycan is currently in the final phase of the testing program which is being executed in more than 30 countries under varying climate and terrain.
Taycan Pricing and Availability
Taycan is expected to be available for consumers by the end of 2020. However, the showroom version of the car is expected to debut to a limited few audiences somewhere later this year.
The base model of the Porsche Taycan is expected to be priced somewhere between $85,000 to $100,000 which puts it very close to the price bracket of the Model S (base model starting at $75k). Taycan, like other Porsche Models, will reach all major automobile markets of the world including India.
In fact, Porsche Taycan will be that one car which could finally give a tough competition to the Tesla Model S.
Porsche Taycan Production Model Spotted Testing
Recently, the production-ready models of the Porsche Taycan were spotted testing on the road. These production-ready models bear resemblance in design with the Mission E Concept vehicle from Porsche. Also, they were more or less similar to the Taycan cars from test track photos released by Porsche in their newsroom.
The side view is similar to the 911, with the only difference being that the Tycan is a four-door coupe. Though the entire design of the front lights is fresh, the overall structure still resembles a little to that of the Porsche Cayenne, at least the front part of the car which merges into the headlights.
Now, what stands distinctively different in the design are the LED Backlights – the thin LED Strip on the top side and the semi-circle spread LED lights on the bottom are completely new and unlike anything that you have ever seen in any of the Porsche models.
Source – Porsche
This article was last updated on 17th May 2019. We will continue updating this article as we get more information.