Porsche Taycan Could Get ‘Turbo’ Badge Even Though It Wont Have One
The announcement of the new Taycan sees Porsche also starting to let go of good old internal combustion in favour for the new, relatively unexplored technologies of electric propulsion. That being said, it seems as if Porsche’s naming structure for the Taycan would beg to differ.
A prospective owner of the new Taycan, Alex Roy, shared a picture of a letter he received from the Stuttgart-based company on Twitter indicating the three model names that Porsche will have in their Taycan model lineup. The three names seem to be: Taycan, Taycan 4S and Taycan Turbo. Despite being an all-electric vehicle, Porsche has seemingly decided to go with a ‘Turbo’ designation for one of its models. Why you may ask? Only Porsche will know, and perhaps an explanation will be followed once the model names have been confirmed.
In case you do not know already, the Taycan’s batteries will provide more than 600 hp (440 kW) worth of punch to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 3.5 seconds.
Stefan Weckbach, the chief in charge of the Taycan, stated that, “The Taycan drives like a Porsche, looks like a Porsche, and feels like a Porsche – it just happens to have a different type of drive.”
“Take the under-floor battery, for example. It gives the Taycan a very low centre of gravity, even lower than with the 911.”
Due to be officially unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2019, we will have to wait and see until the dynamic launch what the Taycan will truly deliver, but until then, it seems as if it will be a game-changer in the development of electric cars.
The Porsche Taycan Will Come With Three Years of Free Charging and Charge Faster Than Any EV
Everyone knows that every Porsche is supposed to be fast. Well, by modern standards I guess a 356 or a 914 aren’t really fast at all, but just try and play along, okay? Porsche is planning on selling their all-electric Taycan later this year, and they’re planning on that car being the fastest. But not the old kind of driving-speed fastest; they want it to be the fastest-charging EV you can buy.
Really, if you think about it, this is a very smart move. While the Taycan will certainly be fast in the conventional sense—it’ll do 0 to 60 mph in about three and a half seconds—being faster while charging is actually the sort of speed that owners can actually really appreciate, in a real-world way.
Klaus Zellmer, the head of Porsche Cars North America, explained it to Bloomberg this way:
“Getting into a car and doing 0-to-60 mph in less than three seconds—can you really differentiate yourself if you do it in 2.8 seconds, and the other can do it in 2.7? “There are other factors that will gain importance, such as charging time.”
I mean, come on, the dude’s not wrong. When it comes down to how the car will actually be used, charging time is way more important. Range is, too, and the Taycan is supposed to have a 310 mile range, which is competitive with companies like Tesla.
With that in mind, Porsche is designing the Taycan to have an 800V battery that can take a 350kW charge, which will allow it to get 60 miles of range in four minutes. To provide that super-lightning-punch 350kW charge, Volkswagen has a subsidiary called Electrify America that is planning to build a network of 300 highway fast-charging stations that will at least be started by July 1st, and by early 2020, 120 Porsche dealerships are supposed to offer fast charging stations as well.
By comparison, Tesla’s Superchargers use 120 kW charging stations that can get a Tesla to 80 percent charge in 30 minutes, which is over 250 miles, but there’s nothing equivalent to Porsche’s 60-miles-in-four-minutes charge, and the Porsche could likely hit a similar range or higher in 30 minutes as well.
When you buy your new Taycan, you’ll get free charges at any of these charging stations for three years. I mean, it’s free if you don’t figure that the cost is factored into the overall cost of the car, because of course it is. The official price of the Taycan has yet to be released.
Three years of “free” charging and a super-fast and useful way to get 60 miles of charge make the Taycan a very formidable Tesla-fighter, especially when you add in the striking styling of the car and the significant clout of the Porsche brand.
Tesla has managed to stay untouchable from competition like the Chevy Bolt largely because of more intangible criteria like styling and status; Porsche will be the first really well-equipped challenger that could knock Tesla from the EV Status throne.
3 Years Of Free Charging With Your Porsche Taycan Purchase In The US
If you live in the United States of America and are awaiting (or thinking about buying) the new all-electric Porsche Taycan, then we have good news! When you buy your Taycan, Porsche will offer 3 years’ worth of free charging for your vehicle across the entire country, even though you’ll actually be paying for it in the cost price. But we’ll gloss over that little detail.
Porsche has partnered up with Electrify America to offer unlimited 30-minute charging for your Taycan. This vast network of electric charging stations will consist 300 highway stations in 42 of the 50 states. The average distance between these stations will be 113 km with each of them having five charging points, and some having ten. These will see at least two 350 kW chargers. Over and above that, more than 180 charging sites will be opening in 17 metro areas with charging speeds of 150 kW.
If you’re sitting there still worried that there won’t be enough charging points for your new Taycan, then do not worry. All 191 of Porsche’s American dealerships will also offer DC fast charging. 120 of those dealers will have Porsche Turbo Charging, which is Porsche’s own DC system which offers a maximum 320 kW of charging. You will also be offered home charging to conveniently charge your Taycan at house. All in all, Porsche will be investing more or less $70 million (approx. R950 million) in the electrification for the Taycan, and no doubt future electric Porsche models as well.
The Taycan will have a 800 volt charger which will mean it will be able to cruise around for 400 km with less than 20 minutes’ worth of charging. Plug the car in for 4 minutes, and another 100k m will be added to your electric range.
“Every Porsche is a sports car with soul, and the Taycan is soul electrified. Together, Electrify America and our Porsche dealer network will provide a national infrastructure for DC fast charging that frees future Taycan owners from range anxiety”, said Porsche’s CEO in North America, Klaus Zellmer. “And Porsche home charging technology will turn the customer’s garage into the equivalent of a personal gas station.”
New Porsche Taycan EV detailed in prototype charging shots
Porsche's Tesla Model S rival will be revealed in full later this year, promising more performance and range than any other VW Group EV
The full reveal of Porsche's new electric Taycan is still a few months away, but new prototype shots give us the closest look yet at the car's details.
Set to be shown in full production form at the Frankfurt motor show in September, various prototype Taycans have already been seen. This is the first time we've seen the car plugged-in up close, with less disguise than ever.
These test mules showcase styling heavily influenced by the original Mission E concept, as well as a charging port in the car's right front wing. Details such as a retractable rear spoiler, advanced regenerative braking system and Tesla-style retracting door handles can also be seen.
Late last year officials revealed the Tesla Model S rival had entered the second phase of prototype production at the company’s Zuffenhausen headquarters on the outskirts of Stuttgart, Germany.
The first in an extended line-up of electric-powered models being developed in a programme budgeted to cost up to £5.3 billion through to the end of 2022, the Taycan marks a radical departure from Porsche’s traditional line-up, bringing full-time zero local emission compatibility together with the promise of what the new car’s lead engineer, Stefan Weckbach, describes as a “typical Porsche driving experience”.
When it goes on sale in the UK, the Taycan will be positioned between the £55,965 Cayenne and £67,898 Panamera in a move that will set the scene for the introduction of other new battery-powered Porsche models, including an electric-powered mid-engined sports car in the mould of the existing Boxster and Cayman and an SUV similar in size to the recently facelifted Macan.
Autocar can confirm the Taycan, previewed by the original Mission E concept, will be offered in two distinct variants with the standard saloon planned for right-hand-drive delivery in Britain in early 2020 and a more ruggedly styled high-riding estate-cum-crossover model, previewed by the Mission E Cross Turismo concept revealed at the Geneva motor show earlier this year, scheduled to see local showrooms in 2022.
Spy Shots Show Porsche Testing Taycan Sport Turismo Variant
Last year we saw shots of a Porsche Taycan prototype testing with some form of hatch on the back but these new shots from Motortrend clearly reveal a Sport Turismo variant is on the cards.
This prototype actually looks fairly production ready but there is still some work to be done from the C-pillar back. Even so, you can still get a solid idea of what Porsche plans to do. And if you’re a fan of the Panamera Sport Turismo, you’re in luck. The Taycan Sport Turismo looks more or less like a smaller, electric version of the big sports wagon, just without real exhaust pipes.
As for when we’ll finally see the production version, our bet is that it will show up at the Frankfurt motor show in September. After all, that’s where the Mission E concept was first revealed back in 2015.
Porsche has been shocked (excuse the pun) by the reaction of their customers to the first electric Porsche, the Taycan.
The interest in the Taycan is so big in fact that it is already sold out for its first year of production.
Never before in the history of Porsche has it sold so many cars ahead of launch, and the sudden spike in demand now has the company scrambling to see if it can increase production.
The global boss of Porsche, Oliver Blume, told media at the Geneva motor show the company has “20,000 pre-orders already” even though customers haven’t seen the final production car.
Porsche has only shown the Mission Econcept car (pictured abouve), but has not released price estimates.
It certainly wont sound like a regular Porsche but apparently Taycan customers can look forward to customising the sound of their electric car. Blume mentioned that when they showed Mark Webber the sound, “he was very astonished.”
“I’m not a fan to make an application of a combustion engine for an electric car, that’s not authentic,” said Mr Blume. “We adapted the sound from the electric engine [into the cabin]. The driver can choose to drive with or without it. You have the option to make it louder.”
Production Porsche Taycan To Be Revealed In September
Porsche‘s answer to Tesla, the Taycan, is just six months away from being revealed in its final production form.
Much to Porsche’s satisfaction, more than 20,000 people worldwide have expressed their interest in purchasing the Taycan so far.
“The overwhelming interest in the Taycan shows us that our customers and fans are just as exciting about the first Porsche electric athlete as we are – and we’ve therefore increased our production capacities”, said Member of the Executive Board for Sales and Marketing, Detlev von Platen. “The Taycan will be the most sporty and most technically advanced vehicle in its segment – a true Porsche.”
So far we know the Taycan will be able to sprint to 100 km/h in less than 3.5 seconds and able to cover more than 500 km (311 miles) between charges. Plugging it in for 4 minutes will also give you a range of 100 km (62 miles) which can become rather handy.
Remember these numbers have been measured in the NEDC cycle, so expect less in real-world conditions.
We can expect two body styles, sedan and Sport Turismo, and three grades, including the mid-range 4S and top-of-the-line Turbo.
The first-ever all-electric model from the popular automaker is set to make its debut this September (likely Frankfurt Motor Show) and Porsche quietly released two new official design sketches previewing the Taycan.
In an email sent to people who have already pre-ordered the model, the company explains everything goes as planned and “preparations are underway for a successful start for the Taycan.”
“Finishing work on the assembly line in Zuffenhausen is entering the final straight and the expansion of charging infrastructure worldwide is advancing at a great pace. The historic main manufacturing center is being made fit for the automotive production of the future, as the outside world is preparing for a new standard in charging performance – typical of Porsche, the best in its class,” Porsche’s email says.
These two sketches give a very good indication of what the final Taycan may look like and it seems the transformation from concept to production model actually looks very appealing.
The drawings propose significantly cleaner and sharper shapes than the test prototypes we’ve spied. Simply put, it’s going to be a looker.
Porsche teases Taycan again with official sketches
Porsche is not due to reveal its fully-electric Taycan four-door until September this year, but it has already given prospective customers a sneak peak at their new car through the official design sketches that you see here.
And, as Porsche brags, there is no shortage of interest in the Taycan - with over 20 000 ‘prospective customers’ having already put down a deposit of 2500 euros (R40 000) to get their names onto the list.
The exact design might still be under wraps (albeit it shouldn’t stray too far from these sketches) but Porsche has already spilled the beans on much of its technical makeup and performance potential.
The Taycan is powered by two electric motors - one on each axle for all-wheel-drive capability. The powertrain delivers a combined output of 440kW, allowing for a claimed 0-100km/h sprint in the region of 3.5 seconds, with 200km/h coming up in less than 12 seconds.
But how far will it go between charges? Porsche quotes a range of 500km on the NEDC cycle, although in real-world driving (particularly when ‘real’ involves exploring that aforementioned performance potential, as most owners will) it’s likely to be a bit less than that.
The Taycan battery runs at 800 volts rather than the industry-standard 400 volts, which is said to allow for particularly fast charging, when using Porsche’s special charger, of course.
But ultimately, to steal a tag line from another premium carmaker, Porsche is taking a best-or-nothing approach to its battery-powered four-door, as Executive Board member Detlev von Platen puts it:
“The Taycan will be the most sporty and most technically advanced vehicle in its segment – a true Porsche.”
Last week we received confirmation that the Porsche Taycan will be revealed in September this year and now the manufacturer has confirmed the Cross Turismo variant will follow as soon as next year.
This will of course become their first all-electric crossover SUV and by 2025,
Porsche sees half of its sales to consists of either all-electric or plugin hybrid models. Even recent reports say that the company is looking into electrifying the Boxster, which will be decided this year.
“Our workforce has more than doubled in just seven years,” said Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG, “and electromobility is another driver of jobs; we’re creating 1,500 new roles for producing the Taycan alone. Our first purely electric sports car heralds the start of a new era – and we’re very optimistic that the Taycan will be a success. Given that we already have more than 20,000 people seriously interested in buying one, we will be adjusting our production capacities upward.”
For purists, electrification might come as an awful piece of news, but Porsche has promised that “emotional and powerful sports cars will thus continue to play an important role in the Porsche product portfolio.”