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The 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo And Turbo S Offers Ludicrous Electric Performance

Despite the fact that no Taycan carries a turbocharger, Porsche has announced the arrival of the first two models, the highest performance and most expensive examples, as Turbo and Turbo S. If you disregard the name, the new Taycan is an exciting new direction for Porsche. The kind of straight line performance that an EV can provide is otherworldly, as the Turbo S has a high performance mode which can deliver 750 horsepower and sprint from 0-60 in just 2.6 seconds. Plus, with the batteries in the floor, the Taycan’s center of gravity is much lower than even the current 911.

« 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. »

As Porsches go, the Taycan has survived quite well in the transition from concept to production spec. The wild floating headlights and the low lithe roofline remain intact, as do the two-tone color matched wheels, which is totally awesome.

The current entry-level Taycan is the Turbo model, which features a 670 horsepower mode, and sprints zero to 60 in 3.0 seconds. The new Taycan will feature a 2-speed transmission to provide quick acceleration around town and still allow the car to perform as a German sports machine should on the Autobahn. Both the Turbo and Turbo S have AWD twin-motor powertrains and are capped at a top speed of 161 miles per hour.

One thing EV buyers are concerned about is range. Porsche doesn’t seem to be concerned about this, as the Turbo is rated at 280 miles in WTLP testing, while the more powerful Turbo S is rated at around 255 miles. Even better than that, Porsche says just 5-minutes at a DC quick charging station will net drivers another 60 miles of driving range! You can also charge from 5% to 80% in just about 22 and a bit minutes.

If you want to Taycan one home, you can order one from your local dealer today with deliveries expected next year. The 750 horsepower and 774 lb-ft Taycan Turbo S will start at $186,350, and the 670 horespower and 626 lb-ft Taycan Turbo will run you $152,250 to start. With the kind of quality Porsche is known for, plus the fast charging times and infrastructure, the Taycan should be a knockout daily driver for anyone considering swapping to EV power. And if you’re looking for something that sits a little higher, the Taycan Cross Turismo concept should be making its production debut next year as well.

Look out Tesla, you might just be in trouble!


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Watch The Porsche Taycan Run An Acceleration Test Onboard An Aircraft Carrier

Forget pretense, let’s get straight to the point. The new Porsche Taycan is quick. It also has really good brakes. And here’s a video to prove it.

Porsche didn’t go with pomp and circumstance here. It’s a one-minute video that shows off a really important statistic of the new all-electric Taycan (likely to be the highest performance model called Turbo). To do so, they shoved professional driver Shea Holbrook behind the driver’s seat and told her to hammer on the accelerator until the dashboard said « 90 » and then hammer on the stop pedal until it said « 0 » again. Oh, and all of this would be happening on the flight deck of the USS Hornet aircraft carrier.

Sure, there’s a little bit of drama in doing this across such a short plane. But Porsche wouldn’t be doing this if they weren’t confident that the Taycan was more than capable of acing such a test. It’s a flex of muscle. A display of quantifiable might. Porsche knew exactly how much distance was required to accelerate to 90 and brake back to zero again. The deck of the carrier was more than enough room to get that job done. Obviously.

Check it out, the new Taycan is going to be an acceleration boss!


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Testing the Neck-Snapping Launch Control in a Porsche Taycan

Short overhangs and wide hips help give this new super sedan a profile that looks genuinely like that of a sports car.

More than just outright speed, every focused Porsche provides outrageous robustness, and as a result, peace of mind. Driving 500 km to the Nurburgring, spending the afternoon setting scorching laps, and driving home without so much as a hiccup is purely Porsche. Fortunately, that tank-like robustness has filtered down from the 918 to the new Taycan. With the guidance of the cool and meticulous Jonny Smith, we get a glimpse into what makes this new entrant to the high-performance EV market such a standout.

The Taycan’s 800 volts, sent through a two-speed gearbox, allows it to run 0-62 in just over three seconds. While the new Taycan can’t boast quite the same 0-60 figures as the Tesla P100D, it has one distinct advantage in this department. Liquid cooling is a large part of what helps it stand out in the company of the comparatively fragile Teslas, which simply cannot match the Taycan in terms of repeatable sprints.

There’s more than regular launches promised with this new model. Stationed somewhere between the Panamera and the Cayenne, the Taycan offers all the expected straightline speed and luxury, but its active aero and sportier variants point towards a new breed of car that should convince the skeptics of its athletic potential.

« I actually felt the jowls try and leave my face then. I didn’t even know I was that jowly! » says Smith.

After thirty hard launches and no battery-related issues, the Taycan can no longer be considered part the camp of ultra-fast, environmentally friendly luxury sedans with a party trick. Instead, this resilient sedan now belongs to a new category altogether. This new style of machine for Porsche, one which has a lot in common with a hardened sports car, can impress the speed freaks and the environmentalists in equal measure. Plus, with the way it fires the occupants’ heads into their headrests, it might please a few chiropractors, too.


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Porsche Sets A New Nurburgring Lap Record For Production EV Sedans

Okay, so we should clarify a few things here. First, as you all know, the outright Nurburgring lap record is owned by Porsche’s hybrid 919 Evo with a 5:19.55 lap. Volkswagen recently set the fastest electric lap of the track with a 6:05.33. The fastest electric « production » car is the NIO EP9 hypercar, which set a 6:45.90 lap. As we drill a bit further down, Porsche this week have unveiled a new lap record for production electric four-doors with the new Taycan. They shoved test driver Lars Kern into the driver’s seat and he produced a mighty impressive 7:42 time.

“The Taycan is also suitable for race tracks and it convincingly proved that here on the world’s most challenging circuit,” Kern explains. “Again and again, I am impressed at how stable the all-electric sports car handles in high-speed sections, such as Kesselchen, and how neutrally it accelerates from tight sections, such as Adenauer Forst.”

“The Taycan mastered its Triple Endurance Run superbly. First, our electric sports car demonstrated the reproducibility of its performance as part of a strenuous test involving 26 successive acceleration runs from zero to 200 km/h. Then it completed 3,425 kilometres within 24 hours in Nardò without any issues and now the record at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife,” remarks Stefan Weckbach, Vice President Product Line Taycan. “Numerous factors contribute to this performance and the efficiency of the powertrain, also at high speeds. These include the chassis systems that react within a fraction of a second as well as the outstanding aerodynamics.”

Considering that the Taycan has turned in a lap time quicker than a whole slew of 997-generation performance 911s, including the GT3 and Turbo, that’s pretty impressive. Are you ready for the electric Porsche revolution?


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Here’s What The 2020 Porsche Taycan Interior Looks Like

Ahead of the official launch of the new 2020 Porsche Taycan next week, Porsche has unveiled the final production-ready spec images of what the interior will look like. Obviously there are quite a lot of connections between the current Porsche interior design language and this new all-electric sports sedan, but there are quite a few departures from the norm as well. Check it out and let us know what you think!

The first thing you may notice is the outright exclusion of any analog gauges in the display. There is a new 16.8-inch screen that curves to provide you with all of the information you need while driving. You can set this display up in a number of different configurations. Classic mode will give you the rounded instrument dials you’re familiar with in a Porsche. Map mode will replace the power meter in the middle with a navigation map. You can also make it so the entire instrument cluster screen is a navigation map, if you so choose. And finally Pure mode will display only the essentials, like speed and a minimalist navigation arrow. Small touch screen buttons line either side of the cluster for operation of the lights and chassis functions.

The steering wheel is offered in a basic standard wheel and the now-familiar GT Sports steering wheel, which has the dial in the lower right quadrant to switch between driving modes.

There are two more screens in the center console, including the infotainment screen across the top of the dash, and the central command control screen in the « waterfall » above the twist shifter. The central command screen provides access to pretty much all operations of the car, from HVAC to chassis functions to a display for the car’s remaining battery range.

Speaking of infotainment, the Taycan will come with integrated Apple Music. You won’t even need a cell phone to access all of the best streaming music from pretty much all of history.

There is another screen ahead of the passenger’s seat, and if you order your Taycan with four-zone climate, an additional touch screen will be added to the console between the rear seats. That makes for a total of five different glass-front touch screens in the futuristic Taycan.

When you place an order for a Taycan, you’ll be presented with three different interior fabric options, including traditional leather, a new sustainable tanning style of leather called OLEA, and a new vegan material called Race-Tex which consists of recycled polyester fibers. The floor covering uses the recycled fibre “Econyl®”, which is made from, among other things, recycled fishing nets.

Interior colors Black-Lime Beige, Blackberry, Atacama Beige and Meranti Brown are available for the Taycan. The optional interior accent package also gives customers a choice of special contrasting colour schemes in black matt, dark silver or neodyme, an elegant champagne tone. The doors and centre consoles can be wood trim, matt carbon, embossed aluminium or fabric. There are thousands of different ways to configure your Taycan interior.

And of course, because it’s a Porsche, the start button is on the left.


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