The Porsche Taycan is one of the names that have sounded the most during the last months. The electric car of Porsche has become a reality that is willing to change the future of the German brand with a unique proposal and true to its principles.
Exciting, full of adrenaline and loaded to the roof of technology, the Porsche Taycan comes ready to take the colors to Tesla with two versions (Turbo and Turbo S) that offer powers of up to 750 hp.
It is between the Porsche 911 and the Porsche Panamera
Comparing it with the rest of the members of the Porsche catalog, the Taycan Turbo is a large car that borders the dimensions of the Porsche Panamera. It is considerably larger than a 911 and a little shorter than the Panamera, but with a sharper frontal area and a shorter behind.
Its front is so low that they have had to develop a new type of more compact pneumatic shock absorbers that are also active to lower the body up to 22 mm and have a lifting function to overcome obstacles without damaging the body.
The external dimensions of the Taycan are 4,963 mm long by 1,966 mm wide and 1,381 mm high, with a wheelbase of 2,900 mm. In other words, it is 86 mm shorter, 29 mm narrower and 42 mm lower.
It has two cargo spaces: one in the rear of 366 liters and another in the front of 81 liters, making a total of 447 liters, below the 500 liters of the Panamera. The Taycan has capacity for four seats.
The Taycan is a four-door car inside whose occupants, wrapped in full Porsche philosophy: luxury and sportsmanship in equal parts. And the Taycan has already managed to roll below 8 minutes in Nürburgring, with a time of 7:42.
Interior clearly Porsche
Speaking of the interior, the configuration used is quite traditional in general lines although with a 100% digital touch. The command post reminds of the Porsche 911. Behind the three-spoke steering wheel is a 100% digital instrumentation with a curved screen that is operated by touch controls.
On the dashboard, we find a run screen that in the central part collects the functions for the entertainment system and has a specific display for the passenger. Ascending from the central tunnel, a fairly populated console collects a good amount of functions by means of tactile buttons and at the top end, again on the dashboard, a classic-looking clock emerges.
Up to 560 kW and 1,050 Nm of torque
The skeleton and skin of the Porsche Taycan are composed of a specific combination of materials. The main chassis is composed of two different types of steel (hot and cold molded) while the body and the front and rear parts of the chassis are made of aluminum (18%). The lower part is made of extruded aluminum and the supports for the suspension are made of molded aluminum.
Under its sophisticated exterior lines there is an electric arsenal consisting of two independent motors, one for each axis. The engine located on the front axle has a power of 175 or 190 kW (235 or 255 hp) and 300 or 400 Nm of torque for the Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S, while the rear engine only generates 335 kW (450 hp ) on both models and 610 Nm of torque. Each front engine weighs between 76 and 71 kg per 170 kg of the rear.
The front has a single gear and the rear two, and together they develop a power of up to 500 kW (670 hp) and 850 Nm of torque or 560 kW (750 hp) and 1,050 Nm, depending on whether it is talk of the Taycan Turbo or Taycan Turbo S.
These two engines are associated with a common lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 93.4 kWh which, before a consumption of 26.7-23 kWh / 100 km or 25.7-24.5 kWh / 100 km, homologous an autonomy of between 381 and 450 km, depending on the version we are talking about.
Recharges up to 800 V
The recharging times of the Porsche Taycan range between 9 hours for a full recharge connected to a domestic 11 kW plug or 22.5 minutes to charge 5% to 80% connected to a 270 kW fast charger.
In addition to supporting 400 V loads, the Porsche Taycan is prepared to accommodate future 800 V recharges without disheveled, and Porsche ensures that as its infrastructure expands, new features will be introduced in the recharge plane, because they have manufactured the Taycan thinking in the future.
Apart from what is included in the car itself, with the purchase of a Taycan, Porsche will offer three years of free and unlimited access to a network of more than 200,000 recharging points worldwide and to its own infrastructure of ultra recharge points -fast that Porsche expects to have 400 ready in Europe by 2020.
As a good modern electric car, the Porsche Taycan will have a dedicated application through which you can remotely manage both the state of the car and the recharging options schedule the recharges at pleasure or manage trips depending on the recharging points on the road
Among the gadgets available to the Porsche Taycan are a limited slip differential on the rear axle that is electronically controlled, pneumatic suspension with three chambers and active regulation and directional rear axle.
The Porsche philosophy extends to one of its hallmarks such as sound, and in the case of Taycan, the brand ensures that the electric car can optionally be equipped with the Porsche Electric Sport Sound. Although for now we do not know what it is exactly will be some kind of acoustic generation.
The price for the Porsche Taycan is 156,000 and 189,000 euros for the Turbo and Turbo S versions (3,000 euros more than in Germany), but in the future more affordable versions with rear-wheel drive and predictably longer autonomy will be included. If the promises of Porsche are true, the most affordable version should have a lower price than a Porsche 911 Carrera, about 100,000 euros.