The upcoming Porsche Taycan has been spotted in the with virtually no camouflage and what will likely be its production taillights.
Porsche is just about ready to get into the electric car game with their Taycan EV. Taycan, in case you were wondering, means “spritely young horse” in Turkish--a reference to the horse found on the Porsche crest. It’s also based on the Mission E concept, although the styling has been toned down to better represent a modern Porsche and not one from the moon.
These spy photos show a car that’s almost ready to hit the big time. There are still a few bits covered in vinyl, such as the headlights and part of the taillights, and there’s a quad exhaust that clearly doesn’t need to exist at all, but by and large, we should be looking at what the Taycan will be once we see it hit production.
Autoblog believes that the wheels shown here are also likely to be production versions. They’re certainly striking with their emphasis on aerodynamics over aesthetics. The color even makes it possible these wheels are made of carbon fiber, which given the expected weight of the car might be an effort to save a few pounds.
The Mission E weighed over 4,400 pounds, which is average for an EV but still uncomfortably close to SUV territory in a car that’s only the size of a medium sedan.
On the back, you can just barely see the LED strip that will likely form the taillights. This is reminiscent of modern Porsches so it’s expected to be seen on the final version. The headlights are still covered in some deceptive vinyl, but they’re largely expected to resemble the LEDs we’ve seen on the upcoming 2019 Carrera.
The Taycan is expected to mirror the Mission E’s powertrain, which was two electric motors producing a combined 590 hp. Zero to sixty is under 3.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 155 mph. Charging is expected to take only 15 minutes thanks to an 800 V system voltage, and range is expected to be well over 300 miles.
Porsche will hopefully give us a reveal before the end of the year, but we might not get one until early next year.