MOTOR’s editor, Ray Leathern, is on the frontlines, bringing you the reveals that matter from this year’s IAA motor show in Frankfurt. Like the highly-anticipated Porsche Taycan.
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The Porsche Taycan electric vehicle, Porsche’s worst-kept secret, is finally among us. Following on from the Porsche Mission E concept of 2014, the start of the electric age has finally dawned for the world’s most illustrious sports-car manufacturer.
Revealed last week and shown for the first in the metal at the Frankfurt motor show, the Taycan looks virtually unchanged from the original concept car; whitewall wheels, coke-bottle silhouette, quad LED DLRs, single-strip rear LED taillights and all.
So is there anything new you can tell us we don’t already know? Yes, quite a bit, in fact. EVs need to make the most of their precious battery reserves, so Taycan is the more aerodynamic Porsche ever, rated between 0.22 and 0.25 Cd depending on the model. Two models are available from launch, the Turbo and Turbo S – a nod to the firm’s familiar naming convention – which is a little odd considering there’s no blower or combustion engine in sight.
Both versions have a 93.4 kWh battery with a motor on each axle – single-speed transmission on the front and two-speed transmission at the rear – for a sort of two-axle all-wheel drive. Both also have 460 kW, except an overboost function in launch-control mode ups power momentarily to 500 kW and 560 kW for the Turbo and Turbo S respectively.
The resulted 0-100 km/h sprint figures are 3.2 sec and 2.8 sec respectively, with top speed limited to 260 km/h in both. Porsche has clearly grown tired of seeing all the Tesla drag-race videos on the internet.
When you’re tired of launching from the traffic lights like a madman, you’re most likely going to want some decent cruising range in your EV. To this end, there are five drive modes available: Range, Normal, Sport, Sport + and Individual. In Range mode Porsche claims a cruising range of between 450 and 410 km, depending on the model.
So you want one, right? Porsche will start delivering the first Taycans early in 2020, but the demand is incredibly high, higher than expected, Porsche executives admit.
More than 20 000 prospective owners have already placed deposits of €2 500 each to secure their place in the queue. So that’s an entire year’s worth of production accounted for already. As with Jaguar I-Pace and Audi e-tron, early EV adopters may be in for a longer than expected wait.