In one of the most anticipated releases in recent history, Porsche officially unveiled the all-electric Taycan on Wednesday. This is the first fully electric vehicle from Porsche. Two versions of the Taycan will be available at launch, the Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S. Less power versions will be available at a later date.
The standard Turbo model will have 670 horsepower and get from 0-60 in 3.0 seconds. The top trim Turbo S can produce 750 horsepower with overboost and accelerate to 60mph in 2.6 seconds with launch control. 161 mph is the top speed of the Turbo and Turbo S. Both models will be all wheel drive, with one motor at the front and one at the rear. But the rear motor has a two speed transmission attached to it. The first speed will be utilized for quick acceleration from a stop, and the second speed will be used at higher speeds to maximize efficiency.
The Taycan will be equipped with a 93.4 kilowatt hour battery pack. While the EPA range has not been released yet, Porsche claims that 90% of braking can be performed with regenerative braking alone. The battery can also be charged at up to 265 kW during regeneration. The 800 volt system’s claim to fame is the charging speeds it can achieve. During ideal conditions, the battery can be charged from 5 to 80% in 22:30 minutes, at a peak rate of 270 kW. The Taycan also has charging ports on both front fenders.
The interior of the Taycan is a serious display of technology. The driver is rewarded with a curved floating information display. The screens continue in a black band across the dash with a 10.9 inch center display and an optional display for the passenger. Porsche is taking a play out of the Model 3 playbook as a leather-free interior will be available. Recesses in the battery or “foot garages” as Porsche calls them, will keep rear seat passengers happy.
The Taycan turbo will start at $150,900 and the Turbo S starts at $185,000. Good thing you will not have to worry about paying for gasoline. Build your own Taycan now.