Porsche Taycan is an evolution of the Porsche Mission E concept that was unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Production-ready Porsche Taycan was unveiled at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. It is the first mass-production electric car to be developed and manufactured by Porsche.
To attract a wide customer base, different trim levels and performance levels are offered. Porsche commented on possible new derivatives in future models as well.
More than 20,000 Porsche Taycan cars were manufactured and sold in 2020, its debut sale year. This is accounting for nearly 7.5% of the total Porsche sales for the 2020 sales year.
It is also the first all-electric car to be designed and produced by Porsche. Assembly is done exclusively in Stuttgart, Germany.
Mechanical and Technical Specifications of the Porsche Taycan
Porsche Taycan is based on the J1 platform derived from the Volkswagen MSB Platform and shares this platform with the new Porsche Panamera and Audi e-Tron GT
Porsche Taycan is constructed using steel and aluminum joined by different bonding techniques. An all-aluminum construction was considered too expensive and too complicated to manufacture. The B-pillar, side roof frame and seat cross-member are made from hot-formed steel along with the bulkhead cross member. These parts were created in steel to improve body strength and rigidity thus improving safety aspects of it. Axle mounts, shock absorber mounts, and rear side members are made out of forged aluminum. All the body panels except the front and rear bumpers are also made out of aluminum to save weight. Porsche claims that the aluminum components resulted in an astonishing 37% weight reduction.
The mechanical layout of the base variant is a rear-wheel drive, rear electric motor for the base Porsche Taycan variant.
Porsche Taycan 4S, Turbo, and Turbo S variants feature all-wheel-drive and dual electric-motor layout. Dual motor variants feature a permanent-magnet synchronous motor on each axle.
At the front, the power is sent to the front wheels through a single-speed gearbox with an 8.05:1 gear ratio.
At the rear, power is sent to the rear wheels through a two-speed transmission and a limited-slip differential. This gearbox has a 15.5:1 gear ratio for the first gear to provide maximum acceleration and a long-ratio second gear with 8.5:1 to deliver top speed and efficiency.
A 93KWh liquid-cooled battery provides power to the dual motors. The battery is constructed and placed in a way that it doubles as a structural chassis component and keeps the center of gravity closer to the ground. The weight of the battery pack is measured at 630kg. To increase the rear seating space, a recesses known as the foot garages have been incorporated in the battery pack.
This battery pack consists of 33 modules with 12 LG Chem Pouch cells per module, for a total of 396 cells.
Efficiency and Electric range
Taycan features energy recovery systems such as the regenerative braking system, providing up to 265KWh.
Performance and range vary with the trim. Electric range varies from 206.9 miles to 287.7 miles (333km to 463km) WLTP Combined. For example, the Porsche Taycan 4S has a 203-mile range with an average consumption of 49KWh/ 100 miles EPA.
Porsche Taycan has five driving modes: Sport, Sport Plus, Normal, Range, and Individual. The Range mode provides maximum efficiency to provide the highest range possible. Individual mode lets the driver customize the setting to suit their driving style.
Porsche has developed a 900-volt charging system, specifically for Porsche Taycan, and using this charging system, the battery pack can be charged from 5% to 80% in less than 25 minutes. However, the charging time can change due to weather and technical reasons. To reduce charging time at hot or cold temperatures, the battery pack can be thermally preconditioned using a charging planner. Owners can set a departure time in the planner, and the car automatically warms or cools the battery pack for optimal charging times. Porsche provides a charging dock, a mobile charger, with the car for home charging and utilizes a 9.6-KW connector enabling the car to charge up in 11 hours.
Porsche provides three-year free access to the speed-charging infrastructure of IONITY for Porsche Taycan owners.
Porsche Taycan Styling
The exterior styling of the car was done by then Porsche Exterior Designer Mitja Borket. The design is very similar to the Porsche Mission E concept car, retaining most of its design features with the main differences being the exclusion of suicide doors and B pillars.
Porsche Taycan has retractable door handles, a retractable rear spoiler, and an advanced regenerative braking system.
Since this is an all-electric vehicle, the compact nature of the powertrain and its configuration, allowed Porsche designers to follow a new design language without sacrificing the short-nose front body proportions of the traditional Porsche models and incorporated it with the long-deck body proportions of the modern front-engined cars.
The rear side of the car resembles the design language of the latest Porsche Panamera and Porsche 911. The notchback-style boot lid and the full-width taillight, and the turn signal band are clearly beautiful. The boot lid gives access to one storage compartment and the other storage compartment is in the front of the car.
Four-point LED daytime running headlamps are making the car look more unique and gives it a futuristic look.
Porsche Taycan was designed with optimum aerodynamic efficiency in mind to improve efficiency and range. Porsche Taycan Turbo has a drag coefficient of 0,22 Cd, the lowest for any Porsche model. Porsche Taycan Turbo S has an aerodynamic coefficient of 0.25 Cd.
Porsche Taycan features a cutting-edge interior with fully digital instrumentation. This is the first time for Porsche to use fully digital instrumentation in one of their production cars. A free-standing curved 16.8-inch configurable driver’s display shows all the necessary information. A 10.9-inch screen in the center of the dashboard is for the infotainment system along with another 8.4-inch portrait-style, touchpad-control screen to show the status of the powertrain, and power efficiency of the car. An optional screen can be fitted on the passenger’s side to allow them to easily configure the infotainment system.
Performance of Porsche Taycan
Performance and range can differ from one variant to the other.
The base Taycan variant with a 79KWh having a power output of 402 hp and maximum torque of 254 lb-ft. The curb weight is 2050kg. 0-62mph is achieved in 5.4 seconds and the top speed is 143mph. Taycan equipped with a 93KWh battery is packing 469hp and maximum torque of 263 lb-ft. The curb weight is 2130kg. It takes only 5.4 seconds to achieve 0-62mph.
The Taycan 4S with a 79KWh battery has a maximum power output of 523 hp and maximum torque of 472 lb-ft. TheTaycan 4 S with a 93KWh battery pack has 563 hp maximum power output and maximum torque of 479 lb-ft at its disposal. Both Porsche Taycan 4S variants achieve 0-62mph in 5.4 seconds and the top speed is 155mph
Taycan Turbo range is equipped with a 93KWh battery pack exclusively. Taycan Turbo packs 680hp and 637 lb-ft of torque. achieves 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 162mph. Taycan Turbo S has 751hp and 1774 lb-ft of torque at its disposal and achieves 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds and the top speed is 162mph. and
Porsche Taycan Range Expansion
The current body styles are the four-door sedan, but Porsche has scheduled the sales of a five-door shooting brake variant called Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo in near future.
Taycan Cross Turismo is likely to compete with Audi A6 and Mercedes Benz E450 All-Terrain. It is lifted and features rugged black plastic trim body cladding.
Porsche has plans to further increase the Taycan lineup with the introduction of a new two-door coupe and a convertible.