It’s been a long time coming, but Porsche has finally revealed its first battery-electric car, the 2020 Taycan. Not only is the Taycan the first fully-electric Porsche model, but it’s also the first product EV ever to feature an 800-volt charging system.
If the Taycan looks familiar, that’s because the production car is very closely related to the 2015 Mission E Concept that was shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Mission E’s design has been translated to production with few changes, making the Porsche an identifiable Porsche product, but with unique design cues not found on the rest of the Porsche family.
So far Porsche has only revealed the Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S models. The Turbo features 616 horsepower and 626 pound-feet of torque, with the horsepower figure jumping to 670 with launch control turned on. Turbo S models make do with up to 750 horsepower and 774 pound-feet of torque.
Porsche says the power levels are good enough for the Turbo to do zero to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds, while the Turbo S will sail to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds.
Both Taycan models are built atop Porsche’s new J1 platform, which will ultimately underpin the Audi E-tron GT. This platform houses a 1,389-pound 93.4-kwh battery pack under the passenger compartment. The battery sends power to electric motors found on both axles, giving the Taycan electric all-wheel-drive. There’s also a two-speed transmission at the rear axle to maximize gearing for acceleration or high-efficiency cruising.
Speaking of efficiency, the Taycan is the first production car in the world to offer an 800-volt charging system. What this means is buyers will be able to charge the Taycan from 5 to 80 percent state of charge in 22.5 minutes, when leveraging the correct charger. This is made possible by a maximum charge rate of 270 kw. Porsche says all of its U.S. dealerships will have a charger capable of charging at this high rate, but owners will also have complimentary access to Electrify America’s charging network for three years.
Porsche has not disclosed what the EPA rated EV range will be on the Taycan. In Europe the Taycan Turbo will be rated between 381 to 450 km and the Turbo S will be rated somewhere between 388 to 412 km. The European cycle tends to shed little light on what the U.S. rating will be, but somewhere in the neighborhood of mid-200’s is likely.
Inside Taycan owners will be greeted with no lack of screens. There are five displays in the interior, which borrows its design from other Porsche models and slots in additional screens to give the Taycan interior a dose of futurism.
The 2020 Porsche Taycan will arrive in U.S. dealers in December with the Turbo model starting from $152,250 (launch pricing is increased to $154,660) and Turbo S models starting from $186,350 (launch pricing of $188,960). Expect cheaper models of the Taycan to trickle out over time.