The Porsche Taycan is the car this company created a few years ago that would take on Tesla, and now it is finally being released. It started out a few years ago as the Porsche Mission E and eventually evolved into this. This is their first-ever all-electric car and they have finally unveiled its beauty to the world for the year 2020.
We have uncovered several things you should know about this brand new vehicle. It has some amazing features and a few quirks that are unlike anything you have ever seen before. Keep reading to learn about ten things we know about the Porsche Taycan so far!
10 It Is Fully Electric, But It Doesn't Flaunt It
When a company comes out with an all-electric car, they usually add something to the design that showcases this unique feature. Porsche decided to stay away from this trend and stick with its standard design that has been selling cars for years.
It has been upgraded with slight dips and curves for a trendier look, but overall, nothing will set it apart as an electric car. We expected a leaf, color change, or even some aspect lit up with the color blue to showcase this feature, and Porsche didn't deliver.
9 It Will Never Have A Turbocharger, Despite Its Name
A turbocharger is something put into gasoline-powered vehicles that utilize compressed air to make a car go faster. This all-electric vehicle will never be equipped with one of these, and yet, they still decided to name the two models the Turbo and the Turbo S.
We assume it was given this name due to the speed it hopes to acquire on the roadway, but for now, it almost seems like a misstep for Porsche in the designations of their names.
8 It Comes With 2 Charging Ports
Most electric cars have one charging port on the back end of the vehicle, similar to where a gas cap would be. Porsche decided to add a second port and put them up at the front near the hood on both the left and right fenders. These ports do different things as one is a standard level 2 charging port, while the other combines a level 2 port with a DC fast charger.
They made the decision based on driver convenience so they could easily plug it in, rather than having to wrap around the car to charge it.
7 It Isn't Equipped With Android Auto
Porsche decided to leave Android Auto out of their vehicles, but have Apple Music installed. The data they gathered from their customers says that the majority use iPhones or other Apple products.
It is kind of a letdown as almost every other car on the market has begun installing both features in their vehicles to broaden their horizons and marketing tactics. Porsche, on the other hand, still lags behind in this field of thinking as not a single one of their cars comes equipped with this commodity.
6 The Starting MSRP Is $103,800
This car is a bit expensive with a starting price of $103,800, especially considering this doesn't include all of the bells and whistles most purchasers are looking for. you can only imagine what the extra cost must be to upgrade to the sports package for this car or choose the fancier wheels.
It was no secret this car was going to be an expensive buy, but many didn't think the price would be this high, especially when we thought they had planned to market it to a larger audience and compete with Tesla whose cars are much more affordable.
5 It Has A Range Of 279 Miles
Porsche had hoped to achieve a range of around 300 miles, and their highest range comes about 20 miles short of that goal. This is not entirely accurate as we all know cars have a lower range than advertised, and owners can realistically expect to achieve about 220 miles on a single charge.
The competition with the Model S in this sense is a failure, as that car is able to achieve a distance of 370 miles. This is not to say this car isn't still a great buy as 200 miles is plenty for a commute or even a short drive to another city, but if travel is your thing then this car is probably not for you. Luckily, you can always check the range on your connected phone app if you are unsure how many miles you have left.
4 22.5 Minutes Will Give You An 80% Charge
This is a letdown when you consider the original time they had hoped to achieve when the Mission E concept car was in the works. Originally, Porsche declared it would only take 18 minutes to reach an 80% charge, but the end result added on extra 4.5 minutes.
It is still considered a fast charge compared to Tesla, whose average time to hit this mark is around 40 minutes. Although, it is obvious that Porsche put more of a focus on speed on the road and charging, compared to the range their cars have managed to achieve.
3 0 To 6 MPH Only Takes 2.6 Seconds
This car is lightning fast, as it can hit a speed of 60 mph in as little as 2.6 seconds. It can be reached by using the Launch Control feature that gives the car 560 kW (750 HP). You don't have to wait a certain amount of time for this feature to recharge as it can be used over and over again. It comes equipped with all-wheel-drive so when this feature is employed you can safely navigate the roadways at top speeds that will throw you back in your seat.
2 It Has A Top Track Speed Of 161 MPH
The Porsche Taycan is fitted with special aerodynamics that allows it to hit top speeds of 161 mph on a track. The rear spoiler adapts to the driving conditions and the cool air intakes can be adjusted to give you maximum speed on the roadway.
You don't have to be afraid to stop either when reaching these speeds as it comes equipped with high-performance brakes that shorten the distance it takes to come to a complete stop. This car is unique as the power put into braking helps recharge the battery and can give you up to an extra 2.5 miles of drive time.
1 The Cockpit Is Almost Entirely Digital
When you take a seat in the cockpit of this vehicle, you will find yourself surrounded by a multitude of screens. The curved display behind your steering wheel acts as a typical instrument cluster and it corresponds to touch. The central display on the dash is for music, entertainment, and navigation purposes, and it can even be customized to have your favorite apps at your fingertips.
The center console panel is almost a copy of the one on the dash, except it has a bigger screen and information on the car's charge. It also opens the ports on either side of the car as well, instead of the usual button one might find beneath their seat.