Porsche Taycan Finally Official Producing As Much As 750 HP (560 KW)
The longest wait is officially over as Porsche finally took the covers off their first electric vehicle ever, the Taycan.
It comes in two variants (Turbo and Turbo S) and will start being delivered by the end of the year.
The Turbo S version of the four-door sports sedan has an impressive 750 horsepower (560 kW) while in launch control and 1,050 Nm of torque from two motors situated in the front and back. These motors are connected to a 93.4 kWh battery pack which can propel the Turbo S variant from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and 0 to 200 km/h in 9.8 seconds. The Turbo version packs ‘just’ 670 hp (500 kW) and 850 Nm and takes 0.4 seconds longer for a sprint to 100 km/h.
Without engaging the launch function and overboost, both versions have 625 hp (466 kW).
The car is expected to get around 450 kilometres of range based on the European WLTP model of testing. Porsche claims both Taycan models can charge from 5 percent to 80 percent state of charge in 10.5 hours on a 9.6 kW charge connection, 1.5 hours (93 minutes, to be exact) on a 50 kW connection, or a just 22.5 minutes when charged at 270 kW.
Other interior tricks include a curved 16.8-inch configurable digital gauge cluster and a 10.9-inch center screen that runs a new infotainment layout, moving to tablet-like squares of selectable functions rather than Porsche’s current setup of scrolling menus that we’ve found frustrating. There’s also an optional second screen in front of the passenger, with duplicate functionality for infotainment and navigation. In addition to the typical leather, there’s a leather-free option.
Yes the Taycan is coming to South Africa next year but we do not have official pricing information as yet.
New Porsche Taycan arrives as pivotal electric sports car
Power, weight and handling promise to make the model a true enthusiasts’ car
The Porsche Taycan is set to rewrite electric car performance benchmarks when it hits UK roads in January next year, with official technical specifications and data released for the first time ahead of the car’s Frankfurt motor show reveal suggesting it will eclipse all mainstream rivals in every sporting regard bar the 0-62mph sprint.
Key to the Taycan’s performance capabilities, Porsche says, is the decision to use permanent synchronous motors (PSM) rather than cheaper, but larger, heavier and less consistent asynchronous motors (ASM). It says the packaging, thermal management and high efficiency benefits of them justify their extra cost.
Porsche says the Taycan’s two electric motors, producing a combined 616bhp and 627lb ft of torque in the Turbo, deliver a 0-62mph time of 3.2sec. In the Turbo S, meanwhile, they hit a peak of 750bhp and 774lb ft with an overboost function that shortens that sprint to 2.8sec. Performance is enhanced by a two-speed gearbox on the rear axle, which has a short ratio for maximum acceleration from a standstill. Depending on the selected mode the Taycan can also switch between four, rear and front-wheel drive. The Taycan has already set a Nürburgring lap record for four-door, all-electric sports cars with a time of 7min 42sec – around the same as the 997-generation 911 GT3 achieved at the track.
In contrast, the Tesla Model S Performance hits 0-62mph in 2.4sec in Ludicrous mode. However, Porsche claims that the Taycan can replicate its best time repeatedly – anecdotal reports suggest the test engineer had to stop testing after his 26th full-bore launch as he felt unwell as a result of the g-forces – whereas Ludicrous mode requires specific temperature and battery charge criteria to be in play, limiting its potential and repeated use.
New all-electric Porsche Taycan fully revealed … with 1 050 N.m!
The new Porsche Taycan has finally been fully revealed as the Zuffenhausen-based firm’s first all-electric vehicle.
Drawing clear inspiration from the Mission E concept of 2015, the new Taycan is billed as a four-door sports saloon offering "typical Porsche performance and connectivity with everyday usability".
The first derivatives in the new range are the (interestingly named) Taycan Turbo S and Taycan Turbo, which the brand says are “among the most powerful production models” it currently offers. Less powerful variants of the all-wheel-drive newcomer are set to follow later in 2019. The Taycan Cross Turismo, meanwhile, is expected towards the end of 2020.
So, to the headline figures you’re no doubt seeking. The flagship Turbo S version of the Taycan generates up to 560 kW of “overboost power” (and a whopping 1 050 N.m), while the Taycan Turbo tops out at 500 kW (and 850 N.m). Both models feature a permanently excited synchronous electric motor on each axle.
According to Porsche, the Taycan Turbo S can sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 2,8 seconds, while the Taycan Turbo takes four-tenths longer. The more powerful model has a claimed range of up to 412 km, while the Turbo can go 450 km. The two variants share a top speed of 260 km/h.
Porsche presented its first fully-electric sports car to the public with a spectacular world premiere held simultaneously on three continents. "The Taycan links our heritage to the future. It carries forward the success story of our brand - a brand that has fascinated and thrilled people the world over for more than 70 years," said Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG, who opened the world premiere in Berlin: "This day marks the start of a new era."
The four-door sports saloon is a unique package, offering typical Porsche performance and connectivity with everyday usability. At the same time, highly advanced production methods and the features of the Porsche Taycan are setting new standards in the fields of sustainability and digitalisation. "We promised a true Porsche for the age of electromobility - a fascinating sports car that not only excites in terms of its technology and driving dynamics, but also sparks a passion in people all over the world, just like its legendary predecessors have done. Now we are delivering on this promise," emphasises Michael Steiner, Member of the Executive Board of Porsche AG - Research and Development.
Performance meets efficiency
The flagship Turbo S version of the Porsche Taycan can generate up to 560 kW (761 PS) overboost power in combination with Launch Control, and the Taycan Turbo up to 500 kW (680 PS). The Porsche Taycan Turbo S accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds, while the Taycan Turbo completes this sprint in 3.2 seconds. The Turbo S has a range of up to 412 kilometres, and the Turbo a range of up to 450 kilometres (according to WLTP in each case). The top speed of both all-wheel-drive models is 260 km/h.
The Porsche Taycan is the first production vehicle with a system voltage of 800 volts instead of the usual 400 volts for electric cars. This is a particular advantage for Taycan drivers on the road: in just over five minutes, the battery can be recharged using direct cur-rent (DC) from the high-power charging network for a range of up to 100 kilometres (according to WLTP). The charging time for five to 80 percent SoC (state of charge) is 22.5 minutes for charging under ideal conditions, and the maximum charging power (peak) is 270 kW. The overall capacity of the Performance Battery Plus is 93.4 kWh. Taycan drivers can comfortably charge their cars with up to eleven kW of alternating current (AC) at home.
The Porsche Taycan Turbo S and Porsche Taycan Turbo are now available to order and cost 185,456 euros and 152,136 euros respectively in Germany, including country-specific equipment and VAT.
Porsche's Taycan electric car revealed, and it's coming to SA
Porsche has finally pulled the covers off its first fully electric car, the Taycan, a milestone sedan that will see the Stuttgart sports car maker aiming to beat Tesla at its own game.
In fact it will more than likely beat Tesla to Elon’s home country, with Porsche currently intending to launch the Taycan in South Africa around the third quarter of 2020.
A brave new car demands brave new styling, and the Taycan should have no trouble turning heads out on the street with its low-slung design that stays true to the brand’s heritage.
But is it still a sports car?
The Taycan certainly has the performance credentials. It’s powered by two permanently excited synchronous motors, developed from those used on the Le Mans-winning 919 hybrids. There’s one on each axle, for all-wheel-drive capability, and at launch the Taycan will be offered in two power variants.
In fact, this is where Porsche is likely to attract some mockery in car circles as the two derivatives are badged Turbo and Turbo S. The Turbo produces 500kW and accelerates from 0-100km/h in 3.2 seconds, while the Turbo S is good for 560kW on overboost, and does the aforementioned dirty deed in 2.8 seconds. Less powerful versions of the Taycan are due to follow soon.
The Taycan’s lithium-ion 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 purpose-developed charger. In fact, the carmaker says it takes just five minutes to build up enough charge for 100km, when using direct current from a high-power charging network.
But how far can you go on a full charge? Porsche claims a driving range of 450km for the Turbo and 412km for the Turbo S, on the WLTP cycle.
The battery uses inverters with an infinitely variable pulse frequency, so the motor always runs at optimum efficiency. And because lithium-ion batteries work best between 20 and 40 degrees celsius, the system uses temperature sensors to monitor the car’s cooling requirements in real time, and directs the cooling water to where it’s most needed.