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2020 Porsche Taycan: First Look

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author photo by Brian Moody September 2019
  • First all-electric Porsche
  • Top track speed of 161 mph
  • Porsche says the Taycan is a "True Porsche"

If you're not convinced that electric cars are worthwhile, this new 2020 Porsche Taycan will change your mind in a hurry. It's only going to take about three seconds to change the mind of many enthusiasts because that's how little time the Taycan Turbo takes to get from a stop to 60 mph.

Porsche Power

But how did we get here? Porsche cars powered by electricity? Can't be. And yet, Porsche has done something amazing with the Taycan. They've created an all-new, all-electric sports car that looks and feels quintessential to the brand. As electric cars go, the Taycan is the best-looking real-world EV to date.

Here's what I mean by quintessentially Porsche. The first two models are the 670-horsepower 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo and the 750-hp Taycan Turbo S. Both are all-wheel drive and both have a top speed of 161 mph. The Taycan Turbo S gets from 0-to-60 mph in 2.6 seconds. That's no kidding around. Those are serious numbers put up by a serious performance car that just happens to be powered by batteries.

Also, a crossover-ish Taycan Cross Turismo will follow shortly after as will less powerful (and likely less expensive) models.

Charge it

But sports cars in the post-gasoline era need to have more than speed and power to be appealing. Getting juice to the Taycan's batteries is also important.

According to Porsche, "The Taycan is the first production vehicle with a system voltage of 800 volts instead of the commonly used 400 volts for electric cars. This is a particular advantage for Taycan drivers on the road: Under ideal conditions, the charging time from five to 80 percent State of Charge (SoC) is just 22.5 minutes, with a maximum charging power (peak) of up to 270 kW. The overall capacity of the 800V high voltage battery is 93.4 kWh." However, Taycan owners can still charge up at home using a standard SAE connector.

Total range is estimated to be 250 miles or more.

Interior

Of course, Porsche will continue to make gasoline and hybrid cars for some time, but one change in other Porsche vehicles that will mimic the Taycan closely is the interior layout. Porsche says, "The cockpit signals the start of a new era of interior design … "

One stroke of genius on Porsche's part is the availability of a passenger-side display in the dash area. Imagine having the front seat passenger using an in-car or smartphone connected navigation system and that person searches for destination and enters the guidance info. There's a heavy reliance on screens inside this new Porsche with very few hard buttons and switches. It looks good, but how it works in the real world is something we just don't know yet. Judging by the shape, you'd think the rear seat is cramped, but there's enough room for two adults to ride comfortably. Engineers literally carved out space in the floor so rear seat occupants will be more comfortable. The Taycan also has a voice function that allows you to say "Hey Porsche" out loud in order to control certain features. There's also a leather-free option for the first time.

Ride and Handling

There are several drive modes including "Normal," "Sport," "Sport Plus" and "Range," which is kind of a Porsche version of the "Eco" mode you see in many modern cars, battery powered or not.

There's also some pretty sophisticated hardware and software managing the ride and handling. The car uses a " … centrally-networked control system for the Taycan chassis. The integrated Porsche 4D Chassis Control analyses and synchronizes all chassis systems in real time. The innovative chassis systems include adaptive air suspension with 3- chamber technology including PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) electronic damper control, as well as the optional Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport) electromechanical roll stabilization system including Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus)."

If the 2020 Porsche Taycan is a look at the electric car of the future, driving enthusiasts and techy types will be happy for many years to come. Of course, this is a Porsche -- so it's priced accordingly. The Turbo version will start at around $150,000, but we expect slightly less capable versions to eventually come in closer to the price of a base Porsche 911, which is about $95,000 before any options. Our guess is that the Porsche Taycan will be easily the best looking, best-handling EV you can get. Find a Porsche for sale

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