The German car company is getting into the electric car market with its all-new 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo. This next-gen Porsche craftsmanship goes from 0 to 60 in a little over 3 seconds. Plus it has a cruising speed of 162 miles per hour.
Let’s take a closer look at what this beauty has to offer.
First Look at the 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo
Regenerative PSCB brakes and a “Range” mode will keep the car running for longer distances–a general concern of electric vehicles. All-wheel drive and rear wheel steering help you gobble down asphalt in “Sport Plus” mode.
It also includes four seats, one for you, and three for your lucky guests. What’s best is that all of the Porsche luxury and power comes with a zero-emissions certification.
Of course, delivering that standard Porsche driving experience for an all-electric vehicle is a challenge. While Porsche has mastered the power mechanics and the charge holding capabilities of the car, it still requires charging ports out in the wild.
The Taycan’s max power requires an 800V charging port. It can also charge to 150-kW with a 400V port. But 800V and 400V ports are still relatively few and far between. The car also has to idle for about 40 minutes before the power pack is 80 percent charged. Not a problem if the car is plugged in overnight, but a definite annoyance on a more extended road trip. It’s not the grab and go transportation that traditional gasoline offers.
But the Taycan doesn’t want you to be limited by its electric status. Prior issues for electric cars included drastic drops in performance over time as the battery level drops. The Taycan has a different design. The car is constructed to remain at peak performance until it is scraping the bottom of its batteries. Even then, it only drops to make sure you get home for the recharge. Performance is the first priority of the Taycan, or perhaps second, only behind that stellar zero emissions rating.
The company planned a few different Taycan models for the production line. The base model will have the option between 322 and 375 horsepower engines (featuring 240-kW and 280-kW respectively). It’ll have a price point in the lower $90,000 range.
The Taycan 4S will feature the option between 429 horsepower and 483 horsepower engines (at 320-kW and 360-kW respectively), pricing just under $100,000.
The top shelf version, the Taycan Turbo, has only a single power option. The Turbo will run off of dual batteries, a 160-kW motor in the front with a 300-kW motor in the rear. That’s 215 horsepower in the front and 402 horsepower at the rear. The Turbo will run you in the ballpark of one and a half times the price of the basic model, around $140,000.
The production versions of the Taycan, 4S, and Turbo arrive in September 2019. A couple of other versions of the Taycan are reportedly coming later–the beefy Turbo S and the lighter RWD GTS. Porsche’s electric vehicle game is looking strong if you ask us.
Don’t forget to check out the electric Porsche Macan coming soon!