Porsche continues to prove that the company is not a one-trick pony by rolling out its first-ever electric car. The four-door, five-seater sedan is called the Porsche Taycan. Although being an electric car is definitely a distinctive feature, that’s probably the least of what this amenity-loaded ride has to offer.
All About The Back Motor
Electric cars are definitely not lacking in power. The Taycan’s motors churn out more than 600 horsepower, but the back motor is stronger than the front motor. The two motors work on a synchronized permanent magnet system, so drivers can rely on the motors themselves as well as regular brakes to stop fast. The stronger back motor allows this electric wonder to more efficiently maintain acceleration at higher speeds and brake easier.
The Best Of Both Worlds
The Porsche Taycan’s electric motor is better for the environment and the driver’s wallet, but many drivers of electric cars have one complaint. When you’re driving a souped-up, lightning-fast Porsche, you want to hear the roar of the engine. While the electric engine is silent, Porsche has included an artificial sound that will mimic normal car sounds. As more information is released on this somewhat secret project, the exact nature of the sound will be revealed.
Let’s be honest. At first glance, the words “sedan” and “Porsche” don’t seem like they belong in the same sentence. Although the Porsche Taycan has more space and more doors than the average luxury sports car, the “cool” factor has not been sacrificed. The final prototype hasn’t been released yet, but it’s clear that at least two of those four doors are suicide doors. The doors also feature unique curves and ridges that contribute to the overall sleekness of the car.
Owners of a Porsche Taycan won’t have to worry about running out of electricity too quickly. The Taycan is fitted with an 800-volt battery, so it can hold a lot of energy. After one full charge, the car can perform at top speed for between 250-310 more miles. Charging up such a large battery is a surprisingly quick process with some estimates saying the battery can go from 0-100% in less than twenty minutes.
The car will have Porsche’s signature carbon-ceramic braking system. These brakes are perfect for high-performance cars because they don’t fade as quickly as steel or organic brakes. Although these super durable brakes cost as much as $18,000 to replace, they usually last for a minimum of a decade. That kind of hefty repair bill is a worthy investment to keep a car worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in working order.
It Gets Bigger And Better
Porsche fanatics are already speculating on the other options that will come along with the Taycan, and the Porsche company has made a statement that this is only the first in a line of electric Porsches. As with other Porsches, there will likely be Taycan S and a Taycan GTS with slightly more power and features. There is already a prototype for a wagon version of the Taycan called Cross Turismo.
Porsche Advanced Cockpit
The inside of a Porsche Taycan resembles a spaceship. On the center console, there is a state-of-the-art infotainment system that is like having a radio, television, and smartphone built into the car. There is also a customizable digital dashboard in front of the driver that displays the metrics and features the driver deems most important. Beyond the center console, there is a landscape-oriented digital display that spans all but the driver’s side of the dashboard.
How Fast Can It Go?
When it comes to sports cars, the most important feature is speed, and the Porsche Taycan doesn’t disappoint. It can accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in less than four seconds. That means you can easily go from residential to highway speeds before you can even fully depress the gas pedal. This electric car has more horsepower, speed, and acceleration than most gas guzzlers. The Porsche Taycan is a speed demon’s dream.
An Eclectic Porsche
Porsche fans are very particular about design, and we’ve all seen models that have been hit or miss when it comes to public opinion. The Taycan is said to be a Porsche like no other, but it will certainly hold to its roots as a Porsche. Many of the elements of the electric car’s exterior have already been seen in the Panamera and 992 models. The headlights specifically are very similar to design features of the Cayman.
Shrouded In Secrecy
The Porsche Taycan may be one of the most highly anticipated cars to hit the market in recent years. The car was originally known by the code name Mission E, and only recently has its Eurasian-derived name been released. Camouflaged prototypes have been released by Porsche. A few fans have posted more detailed images online, though Porche has apparently swooped in to ask they be taken down. In the fall of 2019, Porsche plans to announce more details ahead of the car’s 2020 market release.