Porsche AG is one automobile giant known to manufacture cars that put a zing in driving. And so, when Porsche decided to take the plunge into the all-electric market, just about everyone and anyone with an interest in the automotive would wait with bated breath for the arrival of what has been promoted by the company as the ‘World’s First Electric Sports Sedan’, a move seen by many as taking a swipe at Tesla Motors, the heretofore undisputed champion of the all-electric motor business.
And the Taycan (Turkish for ‘lively young horse’, pronounced as tie-kahn) certainly does seem to live up to all the hype and expectations that have surrounded it ever since it was first displayed as a concept vehicle by the name ‘Mission E’ at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. For one, the one-of-its-kind 800-volt battery architecture in the Taycan allows it to have a range of 388-412 km according to WLTP, putting it in the league of the Tesla models, and 0-100km/hr acceleration in a breathtaking 2.8 seconds, with launch control (a feature typical of most Porsche cars).
The electric super sedan is able to achieve all of this thanks to the two permanent-magnet synchronous motors (PSMs) fixed to its front and rear axles and an innovative switching two-speed transmission that, working in tandem, provide the Taycan with a massive over boost of 560kW (or 761PS). As opposed to other EVs, including the Tesla models, the Taycan shows no or barely discernible change in performance even with the battery discharged to half of its capacity. Pulling out all stops in its determination to build a green, energy-efficient supercar, Porsche has installed an ingenious Porsche Recuperation Management (PRM) system that intelligently controls the braking in order to regenerate and feed 90% of the braking energy back into the battery.
The Porsche Taycan is not just a brilliant piece of tech, it is also a beautiful one, both on the inside and out (and a comfortable one at that too). With curves in all the right places, the Taycan has been designed to aerodynamic perfection in the most aesthetic manner possible. It has lateral air intakes, or air curtains as they’ve been dubbed, that guide the incoming air over the wheels of the car so as to decrease turbulence and an aerodynamic three-stage rear spoiler system. The Taycan also comes with the option of a panoramic fixed glass roof, apart from its uniquely shaped (it’s slightly dented in the middle) motorsports-inspired aluminium roof.
The cockpit and the cabin of the Taycan are aesthetically and ergonomically designed as well. Almost all the buttons on the displays (including a 16.8” curved HUD with Direct Touch Control for selecting lighting and chassis functions, a 10.9” central display with Porsche Communication Management (PCM) that has online navigation capability, and 8.4” centre console infotainment panel with built-in Apple Music and a Porsche Connect Digital Assistant) are digital and intuitive to touch. In its drive to go green, Porsche has also decided to offer the Taycan with interiors that are leather-free and made entirely from recycled materials.
Amongst having many first-in-its-class features, the Taycan also has two charging ports, a SAE-standard CCS plug configuration on the passenger side with AC and high-voltage DC charging capabilities and an AC charging port on the driver’s side as well. The performance of this all-electric supercar is undeniably impressive, having only recently run the Nürburgring racetrack in a record time of 7 minutes and 42 seconds, a run that garnered praise for the car from none other than the CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk himself. And he’s certainly not one to dish out compliments so easily!