Porsche may not have been the first German marque to the market with an electric vehicle, but it sure has ensured the Porsche Taycan lives up to its name as a proper Porsche. Loosely translated, Taycan means "soul of a spirited young horse", and is pronounced 'tie-kahn'.
Initially, the Taycan range will launch with two variants: Turbo, and the pinnacle Turbo S model. In true Porsche fashion, these two models represent the best in performance and grand touring.
The raw numbers will not only melt the tarmac, but will alter your perception of what's possible with an electric vehicle. Taycan Turbo S will accelerate from standstill to 100km/h in just 2.8 seconds, 160km/h is reached in 6.3 seconds, and 200km/h in a mere 9.8 seconds.
Unlike most electric cars on the market that suffer torque degradation after a few launch attempts, the Taycan has been designed to offer the same manic acceleration time-after-time with no throttling of torque.
In fact, over 20 0-200km/h runs were recorded in succession with a time difference between the slowest and fastest run being just 0.8 seconds.
Taycan Turbo S produces a healthy 460kW of power (or up to 560kW in overboost) and a mammoth 1050Nm of torque, consuming an average 26.9kWh/100km and offering a WLTP driving range of 412km.
One step down the Taycan ladder is the Turbo. Its performance figures shouldn't be scoffed at either, delivering the 0-100km/h dash in just 3.2 seconds, with 160km/h reached in 6.9 seconds and 200km/h in 10.6 seconds.
It too produces 460kW of power (or up to 500kW in overboost) and up to 850Nm of torque. Both models offer a top speed of 260km/h. Its energy consumption is slightly better at 26.0kWh/100km with a WLTP driving range of 450km.
Based on an altered version of the Panamera platform, the Taycan's 93.4kWh battery pack sits along the floorpan with an innovate 'foot locker' integrated beneath the driver and front passenger seats to prevent passengers from feeling like their feet are resting too far upright.
Taycan uses an 800V on-board power supply and is capable of charging at up to 270kW through 800V DC charging infrastructure. That means 100km of range can be added in five minutes, or just 22.5 minutes from 5 to 80 per cent state of charge.
In lieu of an 800V supply, an on-board DC charger will offer 50kW charging capacity and up to 150kW charging capacity through an optional charger.
Charging at home on AC or at destination chargers is offered at a rate of up to 11kW, which allows a full charge in around nine hours. AC charging can take place on both sides of the car thanks to dual-AC charging slots, with the driver's side fitted with an AC/DC charging port.
Porsche has designed an innovative optional motorised door that can slide open to reveal the charging port and is activated by a sensor beneath the side strake. It also features a high-torque ice-breaking mode that allows it to operate in freezing temperatures.
The Taycan debuts an own-design two-speed transmission on the rear axle that allows the vehicle to accelerate rapidly in its first gear before shifting up to its second gear for higher speed and extended range driving.
The front axle motor is more compact and features a single gear. Taycan also uses the highest-power-density motors on the market today, which feature an inline axial design.
Air suspension is used on both the Turbo and Turbo S models and features adaptive damping that includes a three chamber design to allow extra road holding and stability. It teams with Porsche's electromechanical roll stabilisation technology to virtually eliminate body roll through corners.
Stopping power comes in the form of carbon ceramic rotors that measure 420mm at the front with 10-piston calipers, while the rear uses 410mm rotors with 4-piston calipers.
A set of steel brakes will also be available. They use 10-piston calipers at the front with 415mm rotors, with the rear set coming in at 365mm rotors and 4-piston calipers.
While you can read more about the interior of the Taycan here, buyers will be able to option a secondary 10.9-inch full-sized infotainment screen for the passenger compartment. This allows the passenger to select music, adjust navigation destinations and operate their screen independently of the central display.
Ahead of the driver is a 16.8-inch curved display that can be reduced down to just a speedometer display to reduce clutter. It's joined by a central screen for climate and vehicle functions that features inbuilt haptic feedback receptors.
Cargo storage comes in the form of a 400 litre boot and a smaller 82 litre boot at the front of the vehicle.
The interior also comes with a range of colour, design and texture options to satisfy all tastes, including a floor covering that's made entirely from recycled items such as fish nets (not just popular on stockings).
Porsche's infotainment system has also been heavily revised, launching a 'Hey-Mercedes'-esque system called (predictably) 'Hey Porsche' (and no, you don't need to say it in Nelly's singing voice) that allows the driver to issue commands to the vehicle ranging from climate control all the way through to calling certain contacts.
We had the chance to attend a passenger drive and technical briefing on Taycan a couple of months ago, so check out our Taycan landing page for a detailed breakdown of the technical details behind the Taycan range, along with passenger impressions.
Porsche hasn't confirmed additional models, but it's highly likely that a slew of other models will join the Turbo and Turbo S down the track – they'll likely be called the Carrera 4S, Carrera S and Carrera.
While Australia won't see its first Taycan until Q4 2020 and local pricing won't drop until Q1 2020, we do know that it will sit in between Cayenne and Panamera in terms of pricing structure. CarAdvice will also have a chance to drive the all-new Taycan at its international launch in October.
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