Porsche Unveils The New Taycan

The updated all-electric car has four powertrain options, covering rear- and all-wheel drive derivatives.

Based on what Porsche shared about a “pre-series” Taycan in January 2024 and another one earlier this month, the world knew that the introduction of the refreshed EV was imminent. Well, the wait is over. Meet the new Porsche Taycan. In a nutshell, the updated electric car has increased power, better range, quicker acceleration, faster charging capabilities and extended standard equipment.

From the launch date, the new Porsche Taycan range will include all three body styles – sedan, Cross Turismo (off-road package available) and Sport Turismo. Four powertrain options will be offered with each of them, covering rear- and all-wheel drive derivatives.

To put things in perspective, Porsche has revealed performance figures for two variants – the entry-level Taycan and the range-topping Taycan Turbo S. Where the former can complete the 0-100kmph in 4.8 seconds (0.6 seconds quicker than before), the latter can do that in 2.4 seconds (0.4 seconds faster).

A new Taycan equipped with Porsche’s Sport Chrono package will pack a boost function. As the name suggests, a sudden surge in power is available but only for 10 seconds. Once engaged, the base Taycan has 80hp extra. For the Turbo S, there’s an additional 188hp available. That takes the total output to 939hp.

Porsche claims that the new Taycan, depending on the variant and body style, can deliver up to 35 per cent more range (WLTP-certified). The maximum range has shot up to 678km, equating to an increment of 175km. The battery can replenish faster, too, with DC feeds of up to 320kW (50kW more than before). The new performance battery also expands the fast-charging window. Porsche says that charging capacities of over 300kW can be sustained for up to five minutes.

As a result, the wait time from 10 to 80 per cent charge level drops to 18 minutes. In the earlier version, that figure was 37 minutes. And that’s despite the new battery being larger in capacity (105kWh vs 93kWh from before). Even the energy recuperation system has been upgraded. That can feed juice back to the batteries at up to 400kW, up from 290kW.

The clever engineering delves even further. The new Porsche Taycan weighs up to 15kg less than before and yet packs more features as standard. The list includes aerodynamically optimised 21-inch wheels wrapped with reduced-rolling-resistance rubber, adaptive air suspension, ParkAssist, ambient lighting, heated front seats, power-folding ORVMs, a heat pump with a new cooling system, wireless mobile charger, Porsche Intelligent Range Manager, mode switch on the steering wheel and Power Steering Plus.

Design-wise, very little has changed. At the front is a new wing and flatter headlights featuring high-resolution matrix LED technology. At the back, the Porsche lettering that lives inside the light strip housing has a 3D look. For a fee, Porsche will even have it emit dynamic lighting patterns. The Turbo and Turbo S models also rope in the Turbonite exterior and interior finish. Indoors, the screens have been updated with the latest user interface. In-car video streaming is now possible on the infotainment display and the passenger screen. Finally, a lever on the left behind the steering wheel helps navigate through the various driver assistance systems.

The new Porsche Taycan will arrive in showrooms in spring 2024.

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