The Porsche Taycan is the first full electric car to come out of Stuttgart and it defines a whole new era for Porsche, giving them a new direction towards the future.
Porsche has finally taken the wraps off the Taycan – their first full electric car – ahead of its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. This car was first showcased as the Porsche Mission E in 2015 and now it is ready in its final production form. This is also the first full electric sedan out of Germany and a huge technological step for Porsche in the EV space, also giving them a new direction towards the future.
If you talk about the design, its quite identifiable as a Porsche. You will find elements of the Panamera in its overall silhouette or profile but it has also been inspired from the 918 and the 911. The Porsche Taycan bears a very minimalistic and clean design for aerodynamic efficiency. Yet, it still looks bold, thanks to those muscular shoulder lines and fenders.
The face gets a quad-LED headlamps setup, sculpted inside a C-shaped housing that also doubles up as a air inlet for cooling the brakes. The rear of the car look more like a conventional Porsche with the LED light band, but of course the tail pipes are missing. With a drag coefficient of just 0.22 – lesser than the 911- the aerodynamically optimised basic shape makes a significant contribution to low energy consumption resulting in a long range.
The Porsche Taycan interiors are dominated by huge screens. First up, there’s the massive 16.8-inch curved digital instrument cluster behind the steering wheel. It retains the five-dial layout like in all Porsche’s but the analog tachometer is most certainly gone. Then there are two more screen on the dashboard, one that functions as the infotainment screen and the one on the center console houses the climate controls and several other vehicle settings. There’s also an optional fourth display for the passenger.
The only analog element in this tech-savvy interiors is the analog clock on top of the dashboard. How beautiful of Porsche to retain that! Porsche says the dashboard design has been inspired from the 911 of 1963 and then given a modern touch. The dashboard gets a clear structure and a completely new construction which is clearly driver-focused. Operating the controls is quick and free from distractions, thanks to the minimalist and ultra-modern design.
The Taycan is powered by two permanently excited synchronous electric motors that churn out 600 bhp and has a range of over 500 km, thanks to its high voltage lithium-ion batteries. The two permanently excited synchronous motors – like the ones in the Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid – generate a permanent rotary motion that can be applied at any time without needing to be started. The Taycan, with its 800-volt chargers, can fast charge its electric motors within 15 minutes, with a 400 km range. It can go from 0-100 kmph in under 3.5 seconds and Porsche says that the Taycan is not just sporty, but also practical.