Porsche’s finally unveiled some details on its first electric sedan. It’s been a long time coming. But the upcoming Porsche Taycan is shaping up to be one of the market’s finest EVs. In fact, it’s looking so good that the Tesla S finally has some real competition in the super EV market. So, are you ready to see the true potential of an electric car unleashed? Then let’s take the Porsche Taycan for a spin!
What’s a Taycan?
First things first. Porsche chose quite the interesting name here. But the Taycan (pronounced Thai-Kahn) is a Turkish word for “lively young horse.” Part of this results from the Porsche logo. But the other part of this term could easily be a hint at some of the lively power resting below the hood of this cool car.
If you’re looking for a street legal electric racecar, look no further than the Porsche Taycan. This fast car packs two magnet synchronous motors. And both of these engines have no problems producing 600 hp.
So, how much speed does that pack?
According to Porsche, the Taycan races from 0-60mph in less than 3.5 seconds. That’s faster than most traditional motors out there. And when it comes to reaching 120 mph, you’ll wait no longer than 12 seconds. Moreover, this EV reaches a top speed of more than 155 mph. So at the end of the day, this is one of the fastest EVs you’ll ever find on the market. In fact, you might even find some success with it on your local racetrack—quite the feat for an EV.
While fast, these motors also bring some other fun qualities to the streets as well. For starters, you’ll find the engines offer a blended braking system. This is where the brake pedal links to the motor instead of the discs. From here, a computer decides whether to slow the car with the motor or disc brakes. Overall, it makes the EV less reliant on its disc brakes. So it’s definitely an efficient feature for extending the lifespan of your brakes.
Lastly, to get the best drive out of your Taycan, you’ll have access to multiple drive modes. One such mode is sport mode for reaching those impressive speeds.
At the moment, Porsche hasn’t revealed much about this dream car’s design. But from what we’ve seen, we can easily say it’s a sexy car. For the most part, the exterior closely mirrors the Cross Turismo, only the Taycan sits lower to the ground. If the interior follows suit, then we know to expect a sleek and clean design with an abundance of touch controls.
Also, the composition is pretty similar to the 911, with aluminum, magnesium, and a steel body. So it’s safe to say the Taycan will be a lightweight car as well.
We all know the Taycan is an EV. So that leaves plenty of questions about the battery. Thankfully, Porsche also provided many answers.
For starters, we know the Porsche Taycan’s range will reach 311 miles, which is pretty solid for a performance-heavy EV. And here’s the impressive part: 80% of the battery will recharge in 15 minutes. Think about that for a moment: 15 minutes. In other words, you’ll recover 250 miles in the amount of time it takes you to read through a few Reddit threads. That’s pretty fast!
When it comes to finding charging stations, Porsche launched the Porsche Charging Service app to make things easy. If you’re looking for the nearest charger, this app will navigate you to it. You can even pay using the app regardless of currency or network. All you need to do is scan a QR code or use an ID card, and the payments are all taken care of.
At the moment, the service fee for this app costs €2.50, or about $2.95 a month. If you plan on purchasing the Taycan, be sure to download this app at the end of the year. Porsche plans to place 500 fast charge stations throughout the US. So there’ll be plenty of places to recharge during any trip.
What’s the Porsche Taycan’s Price and When Will It Launch?
If you’re sitting there wanting to own Porsche’s sole EV, you’ll need to pay somewhere between $80,000-$90,000.
You can expect the Porsche Taycan to go on sale at the end of 2019.
High-performance electric cars are a rarity these days. Add street legal to the equation, and finding the perfect sport EV becomes even more difficult. So it’s understandable that the Porsche Taycan will become a pretty hot car come 2019. There aren’t many other cars on the market that perform this exceptional without gas. So get ready for one of the sexiest and fastest EVs of this generation!
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