Porsche today launched its first ever all-electric emissions-free – but super-fast – sports car that even comes with a leather-free interior option for vegans.
The new 161mph flagship battery-powered Porsche Taycan Turbo S four-door sports saloon is the first of a family of electric vehicles from the German car-maker and marks a ‘new era’ for the brand, the company boss said.
But it won’t be cheap. Prices for this high-performance version start from £138,826 before a green government grant of £3,500 is applied. Cheaper variants, costing from around £80,000, are expected to follow, though.
Electric era for Porsche: The German sports car-maker has revealed its first zero-emissions vehicle, with prices starting from £115,000 from launch
Order books for first UK deliveries in January opened as the new Taycan had its global launch simultaneously on three Continents –in Berlin in Germany, Fuzhou in China and Niagara Falls in Canada, which Porsche says are the three most important sales markets for the vehicle.
Powered by two electric motors – one on each axle – the range-topping all-wheel drive Turbo S will accelerate from rest to 62mph in just 2.8 seconds, which is the same as Lamborghini’s first hybrid vehicle, the Sian, also revealed today.
The Turbo S model – which obviously has no turbo as there’s no engine, but Porsche wants to stick to the brand’s existing model naming structure – has a top speed that’s limited to 161mph.
The combined potency of the motors totals 761 horsepower – the equivalent to more than seven Ford Fiestas – and requires a high-performance 93.4kWh battery to power them.
Unlike many electric models already on the market, the Taycan boasts a two-speed automatic gearbox to aid fast but smooth acceleration.
The range-topping Porsche Taycan Turbo S – seen here at the launch at Niagara Falls – model can hit 62mph in 2.8 seconds and has a top speed that’s limited to 161mph
The less potent Turbo model (pictured) doesn’t have the same acceleration or top speed, but does have a longer range and cheaper start price close to £115,000
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The two-speed transmission installed on the rear axle has been developed especially by Porsche which explained: ‘First gear gives the Taycan even more acceleration from a standing start, while second gear with a long gear ratio ensures high efficiency and equally high power reserves. This also applies at very high speeds.’
The new Taycan – officially pronounced tie-can – has the lowest centre of gravity of any Porsche road car which allows for exceptionally sporty dynamics and handling.
This pure-electric drivetrain increases weight quite substantially, though.
It tips the scales at around 2.3 tonnes, which is half a ton more than the latest 911 though on par with the firm’s current Panamera luxury family saloon.
Even with all this performance on tap, Porsche promises the Taycan Turbo S will still have a range of up to 257 miles with a full battery, and claims that it can be charged up to 80 per cent capacity in less than 23 minutes.
To prove that the brand is moving with the times, it offers a leather free interior option for vegans and those who would prefer to not touch animal materials
Customers have the option of choosing a Taycan with either a four (as pictured) or five-seat layout, depending on needs
With no conventional engine to worry about, it also aims to be practical and can be ordered with a layout to seat either four of five people with two luggage compartments totalling 447 litres of storage space – 81 litres in the front and 366 litres in the back.
And to show that the brand is moving with the times, there’s also an optional leather-free interior ideal for vegans or potential customers with an ethical objection to animal products.
Porsche notes: ‘With the Taycan, Porsche offers an entirely leather-free interior for the first time.
‘Interiors made from innovative recycled materials underscore the sustainable concept of the electric sports car.’
Porsche plans to add more all-electric Taycans to the range, with prices from around £80,000 to £90,000 and with a longer driving distances between charges
The high definition instrument cluster shows all relevant information, including the remaining battery range depending on the mode you’re driving in
Launched simultaneously is a a slightly less powerful and cheaper Taycan Turbo model priced from £115,858 (excluding government’s plug-in vehicle grant of £3,500).
It has the same top speed of 161mph, but its lower power output of 680 horses means acceleration to 62mph is fractionally slower at 3.2 seconds – though it does have a longer range of up to 279 miles.
Porsche plans to add more all-electric Taycans to the range, with prices from around £80,000 to £90,000 and with a longer driving distances between charges.
The manufacturer said: ‘A less powerful version of these all-wheel drive vehicles will follow later this year, and the Taycan Cross Turismo will introduce a new body style at the end of next year.’
Even with all this performance on tap, Porsche promises the Taycan Turbo S will still have a range of up to 257 miles with a full battery, and claims that it can be charged up to 80 per cent capacity in less than 23 minutes
The Taycan has a charging port hidden under a flap that slides up to reveal the seven-pin socket
he new Taycan – officially pronounced tie-can – has the lowest centre of gravity of any Porsche road car which allows for exceptionally sporty dynamics and handling
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Price: From £138,826 (excl government grant of £3,500)
First UK deliveries: January 2020
Seats: Choice of 4 or 5
Width: 1966mm without mirrors / 2144mm with mirrors
Power source: All-electric, 2 motors – front and rear axle
Battery: 93.4kWh performance battery
Total power: 761 horsepower (PS) / 560kW
CO2 emissions: Zero-emissions
Transmission: 2-speed automatic
Drive: All-wheel drive
Top speed: 161mph
0-62mph: 2.8 seconds
Range: Up to 257 miles
Time to charger up to 80% capacity: 22.5 minutes
Boot space: 447 litres (front 81 litres, rear 366 litres)
The Taycan is the first electric production vehicle with a system voltage of 800 volts instead of the usual 400 volts.
‘This is a particular advantage for Taycan drivers on the road: in just over five minutes, the battery can be recharged using direct current from the high-power charging network for a range of up to 62 miles,’ the car maker says.
cars with up to 11kW of alternating current (AC) at home or at public charging stations.’
To help existing customers adapt to electric car ownership, buyers will receive three-years’ complimentary access to a network of different charge point operators.
However, Porsche said it expects 80 per cent of charging to occur at homes.
Customers will also be invited to a bespoke driving experience around the unique tracks at the Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone.
Porsche chairman Oliver Blume said the reveal of the car ‘marks the start of a new era’ for the brand.
‘The Taycan links our heritage to the future,’ he told a crowded Berlin press call.
‘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.’
Porsche research and development director Michael Steiner added: ‘We promised a true Porsche for the age of electromobility – a fascinating sports car that not only excites in terms of its technology and driving dynamics, but also sparks a passion in people all over the world, just like its legendary predecessors have done.
‘Now we are delivering on this promise.’
The Taycan’s lack of engine means it has two luggage compartments totalling 447 litres of storage space – 81 litres in the front and 366 litres in the back
Launched simultaneously is a a slightly less powerful and cheaper Taycan Turbo model priced from £115,858 (excluding government’s plug-in vehicle grant of £3,500)
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