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The Taycan's front end is inspired by the iconic 911. The headlights stretch as they lift up to the side skirts which flare over the front wheels. The hood slots between those arches, starting narrow at the nose and then broadening to the full width of the car at the A-pillars.

The charging port on the front passenger side is positioned between the wheel arch and the sculpted side panels, which are reminiscent of the Panamera. Performance wheels are pushed to all four corners. The side of the car’s body is somewhat narrow along the doors before broadening to the brawny proportions of the four-door sedan’s rear. The Taycan is shorter with a lower stance than the Panamera.

The roofline sweeps in a consistent aerocurve over the cabin until it drops to the trunk lid. The rear haunches are more sedan-like than what you see in the sporty front. The taillights and fake exhausts are connected in a horizontal strip that juts out from the back end.

The overall effect is beautiful, striking the right balance of speed, muscle, and luxury. There’s very little to indicate that the Taycan is all-electric—until the hood is lifted to reveal a frunk where most people will expect to see an engine.

“The Taycan drives like a Porsche, looks like a Porsche, and feels like a Porsche,” said Stefan Weckbach, head of Porsche’s battery-electric vehicle model series. “It just happens to have a different type of drive.”


The Taycan can sprint from zero to 60 miles per hour in less than 3.5 seconds and reach 124 miles per hour in just 12 seconds. Its two motors, one on each axle, combine to produce 600 horsepower. Porsche emphasizes that the Taycan’s ability to produce a sequence of power bursts is unprecedented among EVs. That translates to multiple, successive high-power launches without any loss of performance. Top speed will be governed to 155 mph.

The high horsepower combines with great handling via four-wheel steering and active torque vectoring. An expected long list of special capabilities includes air suspension that can add two inches of clearance on demand.

Efficiency & Range

The Taycan is available with a choice of battery packs: about 80 kWh and another offering 93 kWh. Based on typical levels of efficiency, that could mean a choice between about 200 and 250 miles of range. The bigger pack will not only offers the maximum range on a single charge but provides the full dose of horsepower.

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Despite PR about the Taycan’s capacity for ultra-fast charging, you can expect practical daily electric refueling to occur at familiar speeds. While plugged into a 240-volt home charging station or today’s common public chargers, the Taycan adds between about 25 and 30 miles of range in an hour. The car utilizes the CCS plug and 11-kW onboard charger. Most owners will charge at home overnight, replenishing the 80-kilowatt-hour pack from completely empty to full overnight in about nine hours.

The headline-grabbing innovation is the Taycan’s 800-volt fast-charging capability—but only when plugged into custom Porsche public charging stations that have not yet been built. Porsche says that it plans to eventually install 500 of them at highway locations and Porsche dealerships across the United States. When up and running—and if positioned in locations that might be useful to you on a highway journey—you could add as many as 250 miles in about 20 minutes.

Of course, Tesla already has about 1,300 Supercharger locations that can add about 170 miles of driving range in a 30-minute stop. So the Porsche network and system would be a step up—but it will take time for the Porsche network to emerge. The company says it will have 300 stations in place by the end of 2019, with two-thirds of them equipped with 800-volt capability.

Porsche also aims to make charging at one of these stations as easy as filling up a gas tank. Just use a regular credit card (or an app) at any charging station rather than requiring membership to a proprietary charging network. The details are still being worked out.

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Passenger & Cargo Room

Porsche wants the Taycan to be a low-slung sports car while providing comfort for four passengers. Like other luxury automakers now introducing EVs, the company’s designers are excited about the possibilities provided by electric vehicles for more interior space—even in the back seat.

Early glimpses of the dash reveal a sleek instrument cluster with digital dials—and a large, landscape display in the dashboard’s center. There are separate infotainment touchscreens for the driver and front passenger. The steering wheel offers left and right thumb-controlled scroll wheels and, as Porsche designers prefer, lots of buttons.


The Taycan has a base price of $151,000. The more powerful Turbo S bumps the price to $185,000. These figures do not include the $1,350 destination fee.Extras and special packages can bring the price of a fully-loaded Taycan Turbo S to about $240,000.

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Porsche Taycan specifications

Availability: Now
Base MSRP: $152000
Est. tax credit: $7500
Technology: Electric Vehicle
Body type: Sedan
Seats: 4
EPA Range: 300 miles pure electric
Battery size: 95 kWh
Charging rate: 11.0 kW

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