Interestingly, the automobile company chose Niagara Falls, a Chinese wind farm, and a solar site in Germany to unveil its first all-electric sports car at simultaneous events.
“Our new electric sports car is athletic and performance-oriented, a car that is able to cover longer distances and represents freedom,” explains Oliver Blume, CEO, of Porsche AG.
#1 Serious threat to Tesla Model S?
Porsche is going big with its Taycan series offering two models – Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S. If you are unfamiliar, the concept debuted first in 2015 and highlighted the simplistic, modern design we see on the production model. According to many industry experts, Taycan could be a severe threat to the Tesla Model S.
#2 Lively young horse!
The name Taycan roughly translates as “lively young horse,” referencing the symbol at the heart of the Porsche crest. Also, Porsche has achieved the lowest drag coefficient rating of 0.22-0.25. Notably, there is no shortage of performance be it Turbo or Turbo S.
#3 Some crazy specifications!
In terms of performance numbers, the Turbo produces 670bhp and 626nm of torque. It can reach 0-60 mph in 3.0 seconds, 0-100 km/h in 3.2 seconds, and 0-200 km/h in 10.6 seconds.
On the other hand, Turbo S will produce 750bhp and 774nm of torque. It can reach 0-60 mph in 2.6 seconds, 0-100 km/h in 2.8 seconds, and 0-200 km/h in 9.8 seconds.
According to the company, the Taycan Turbo will have a range of up to 280miles (450km) and the Turbo S will have around 256 miles (412km).
#4 5-80% charge in just 22.5 minutes!
Coming to the charging port, both Taycan Turbo and Turbo S will have an automatic charge port door for both sides that can be opened outside either using a hand gesture or with a button. Porsche also claims that the Taycan will be able to charge from 5-80% in 22.5 minutes with 270kW charging.
#5 Ice-breaking feature!
Furthermore, it also has an ice-breaking feature that comes handy during colder climatic conditions. Moreover, Taycan users can access their vehicle information, including battery status, set up timed charging versus fast charging through Porsche’s official apps. Additionally, it shows a nearby charging point with availability options as well.
#6 200,000 charging points worldwide for the Taycan
At the launch event, Porsche said there would be approximately 200,000 charging points for the Taycan across the world. In Europe regions, the automobile company is working with lonity and has about 100,000 charging points available.
#7 Five different driving modes!
Taycan users can choose between five different driving modes: Range, Normal, Sport, Sport Plus, and Individual. With each driving mode, the car adjusts various factors, including aerodynamics, chassis settings, and the assist systems. Both the Turbo and Turbo S are all-wheel drive except for Range mode, which uses only the rear wheels.
#8 Battery from LG
The South Korean tech giant LG will be providing the Lithium-ion battery from the plant-based out of Poland. It’s worth mentioning that the Taycan’s battery has 33 modules and 396 cells.
#9 Safety features!
Porsche comes with a range of safety features including front and rear radar, a long-range radar (adaptive cruise control), a wide-angle camera, a mono front camera, a night vision camera, and ultrasound sensors. One of the major safety features in terms of cars is breaks. The company uses a regenerative braking system for the most part in the Taycan car series.
#10 Will be built in Porsche’s Stuttgart manufacturing facility
The Taycan series will be built at Porsche’s Stuttgart manufacturing facility. Notably, the company has hired more than 1,200 people in Germany to help produce this vehicle.
Apart from unveiling the Taycan car series, Porsche is increasing its stake in Croatian electric vehicle components and hypercar company Rimac Automobili to strengthen its electric performance games.
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