Porsche will bring its own unique DNA to the EV world this year with its new Taycan, a car that many just can’t wait to see.
The Porsche Taycan is going to be huge hit, we’re calling it right now. When we look back on the history of the electric vehicle and how it came to rule the automotive industry decades from now, we may just look to the Taycan as the pioneer of the luxury EV segment.
We’re not groupies here, we’re just pretty sure Porsche will do for EVs what the original 911 did for sports cars which is to become a benchmark. The Tesla Model S will always have its place in history as well, but the Taycan is the first instance of an established automaker (and one with a proven track record) taking a crack at building a premium electric vehicle.
We visited the Porsche Taycan production facility in September and it immediately became clear that Porsche is taking this car very seriously. The German automaker is dedicated to bringing its unique DNA to EVs and that can only be good news.
What’s new about it?
We know that it will be powered by two permanently synchronous motors developing nearly 600 horsepower that’s sent to all four wheels. The Taycan will reach 100 km/h in less that 4.0 seconds with a 0-60 mph time of around 3.0 seconds.
Range is expected to be around 310 miles or 496 kilometers on the European cycle. North American range calculations will likely bring that range down to around 400 kilometers.
How much will the Porsche Taycan cost?
Possible versions of the Porsche Taycan leaked last month and it appears there will be three trims: Porsche Taycan, Taycan 4S, and Taycan Turbo.
Pricing isn’t confirmed officially by Porsche, but the info we have now tells us that the Taycan will start at $90,000 while the top-of-the-line Taycan Turbo will cost over $130,000. You can reserve a Taycan by putting down a $2,500 deposit.
When will it be released?
The Porsche Taycan will be unveiled in production form in 2019 and go on sale in 2020, likely early in the next year. Porsche is already planning to double Taycan production.
What other models should I consider if I’m thinking of a Porsche Taycan?
The Porsche Taycan will have one direct competitor when it arrives on the market, the Tesla Model S. Audi is preparing a luxury EV sedan called the e-tron GT which could arrive later this year.
What do we think about it?
Obviously, we’re excited. As stated previously, we think the Porsche Taycan will be the new benchmark for any automaker looking to build a luxury EV sedan. We also think it will force Tesla to redesign its Model S, not just refresh it. How much pressure will that put on the California automaker? Who knows, but what’s certain is that the Taycan will shake things up and help the EV market grow.