New Porsche Taycan 2020: specs, pictures and on-sale date
The new Porsche Taycan electric four-door saloon has begun testing, and is set to be revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in autumn 2019 before going on sale in 2020.
First conceived as the Mission E concept car, the Porsche Taycan will likely produce around 600bhp and should be capable of over 300 miles of range from a single charge.
A team of 100 workers is building prototypes at a rate of two per day, with early models being used in an intensive test programme to develop the car between now and launch.
This is a key phase for the Taycan project, which will be Porsche’s first all-electric car and a rival for the Tesla Model S. Porsche says it already has 10,000 interested customers, and it expects to build between 20,000 and 25,000 models annually when deliveries begin in 2020.
Porsche Taycan performance figures
Official performance figures for the Porsche Taycan haven’t been confirmed yet, but the German carmaker has outlined its targets in several areas.
Porsche expects more than 300 miles of range from a single charge, and it’s working on 350kW fast charging that would allow 180 miles of range to be added in as little as nine minutes.
The Taycan will be compatible with the super-fast European CCS chargers offered by Ionity, however only a few dozen such stations are expected to be operational in the UK by the time the Taycan hits our roads.
Porsche wants the Taycan’s lithium-ion battery to be denser than anything offered by Tesla, and a figure of 270 watt-hours per kilogramme has been mooted. This will power two electric motors – one at the front and one at the back – and propel the Taycan from 0-62mph in just 3.5 seconds.
Going from 0-124mph will allegedly take less than 12 seconds, with a top speed of 155mph. All-wheel-drive should be standard to begin with, although cheaper rear-wheel-drive editions could eventually emerge.
Inside, the Porsche Taycan will adopt a ‘four-plus-one’ layout, with room for up to five passengers, while there’ll be space for luggage in the boot and under the bonnet.
A freestanding, curved digital instrument display will rest in front of the driver, and a toggle-style driving mode selector will let you switch between drive, neutral and reverse.
A large infotainment screen will sit flush inside the dashboard, while a second touchscreen will lie between the two front seats.
Taycan owners should also be able to buy wireless over-the-air updates for their car, offering upgrades for everything from the infotainment system to the on-board safety technology. Chassis changes and power upgrades should also be possible.
Price and release date
No pricing information has been released for the Taycan at this stage, although Porsche has indicated that up to three more variants of the four-door saloon could be made available.
These would offer varying levels of power, with an entry-level version developing around 400bhp. A crossover model – as previewed by the Cross Turismo concept car at the Geneva Motor Show last March – is also in the pipeline, and the Taycan will also form the basis of a fully electric Bentley at some stage.
Porsche has also shed some light on the origin of the Taycan name: derived from an eastern dialect, Taycan is pronounced ‘tie-can’ and means ‘lively young horse’, a reference to the Porsche badge.