After four years of intensive development, the 2020 Porsche Taycan electric sports sedan was finally revealed on September 4, 2019. Video links between three press events heralded the arrival of the electric Porsche, with each event’s location tied to a source of electricity: Niagara Falls, Canada for hydro-electric power; Neuhardenberg, Germany for solar power; and Fuzhou, China for wind power.
- Porsche’s first all-electric sports car hit the stage on three continents simultaneously.
- An all-new four-door sports sedan, the Taycan “marks the start of a new era” for Porsche.
- Pricing will start at $150,900 for Taycan Turbo and $185,000 for Taycan Turbo S.
2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo. (Photo: Porsche)
Exterior designed with Porsche DNA
At first glance, the Taycan is instantly recognizable as a member of the Porsche family. Long, wide and low, Taycan is 195.4 inches long riding on a 114.2-inch wheelbase. It is 77.4 inches wide and just 54.4 inches tall, with a sleek coefficient of drag as low as 0.22. Staggered 20-inch wheels are standard on the Taycan Turbo, and staggered 21-inch wheels come on the Turbo S. The body sides feature sculptural details, and the rear passenger doors integrate into the body. The roofline swoops toward the back in what its designers refer to as “the Porsche Fly Line,” familiar from the 911. The overall proportions are striking, somehow avoiding the slight awkwardness of the Panamera.
Taycan interior. (Photo: Porsche)
Interior dominated by screens
While the big news about the Taycan is its all-electric powertrain, an innovative interior design with new technologies could be almost as impactful. Porsche has overhauled its infotainment system, and debuts a new version in the Taycan. Not only is the interface simplified, it will also feature integrate Apple Music connectivity. A curved instrument cluster faces the driver above the steering wheel, while a 10.9-inch infotainment display and optional passenger display stretch across the dashboard to create a seamless glass panel look. The center console is also sleek and smooth, and there are barely any knobs or buttons in the interface. Taycan will make extensive use of voice control, responding to “Hey, Porsche” as a wake-up phrase.
Interior trim will be available in three styles: Classic leather; sustainable tanned leather; and leather-free made from recycled materials, a first for Porsche. There are two luggage compartments, one in front (2.8 cubic feet) and one in the rear (12.9 cubic feet).
Taycan passenger dash. (Photo: Porsche)
Powertrain built for performance and range
Both the Taycan Turbo and Turbo S are all-wheel drive vehicles, with electric drive modules on the front and rear axles. The compact units have a high power density (kW per cubic foot of package space). An innovative two-speed transmission on the rear axle prioritizes acceleration in first gear and high efficiency and high power in second gear. System horsepower for the Turbo is 616 (670 with launch control). For the Turbo S, the output is also 616 hp, but can reach 750 hp with launch control. Total maximum torque for the Turbo is 626 lb-ft, while the Turbo S puts out a blistering 774 lb-ft.
2020 Taycan Turbo on the road. (Photo: Porsche)
Chassis engineered for handling
The placement and size of powertrain components contributes to the Taycan’s low center of gravity, and the arrangement of its batteries along the floor of the vehicle makes things even better. Suspension is handled by an aluminum double-wishbone front/multi-link rear, both with PASM adaptive air suspension. Steering is electromechanical, with variable ratios. Rear-axle steering is available on Turbo, standard on Turbo S. Porsche Surface Coated Brakes (PSCB) are standard on Turbo, and Turbo S gets Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB).
2020 Taycan Turbo S. (Photo: Porsche)
Charged up batteries
A total of 396 total Lithium-ion battery cells in 33 modules of 12 cells each store the charge needed for Taycan. The combined weight of the battery pack is 1,389 lbs. Charge maximum is quoted at 722.7 volts/129.2 Amps/93 kWh.
Charging can be accomplished at 9.6 kW Level 1, 50 kW Level 2 or 270-kW DC Fast Charging (DCFC). Charge time to take the batteries from a 5% state of charge (SoC) to 80% SoC at Level 1 is 10.5 hours. At Level 2 it will take 93 minutes; and DCFC will take 22.5 minutes.
Porsche dealers who will sell Taycan will have DCFC and Level 2 chargers available on-site. Taycan owners will receive three years of charging with Electrify America, a Porsche partner. Porsche will gladly sell a branded and authorized charging unit to owners who wish to install a Level 2 charger at home or at their business, and will provide a referral to an approved local electrician for installation.
2020 Taycan Turbo S. (Photo: Porsche)
Performance and range
It wouldn’t be a Porsche if it didn’t pack a performance punch, and Taycan is poised for a knockout blow. Top track speed will be 161 mph. Using Launch Control, Turbo models will be capable of runs from 0 – 60 mph in 3.0 seconds on the way to an 11.1-second quarter-mile. Turbo S models are even quicker, with a 0 – 60 mph time of 2.6 seconds and a 10.8-second quarter mile mark. Figures for range and mpgE have not yet been released, but we’d be surprised if Taycan can’t match or better Tesla Model S’s numbers in the low 300-mile range.
2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo and Turbo S. (Photo: Porsche)
Trims, pricing and availability
At launch, the 2020 Porsche Taycan will be available in two trim levels: Taycan Turbo (starting at $150,900/$153,310 launch price); and Taycan Turbo S (starting at $185,000/$187,610 launch price). There’s no firm date for arrival at dealerships, but the 2020 model should arrive soon. Taycan will be built in a new wing of the company’s factory at Zuffenhausen, on the same grounds where the 911 gets assembled.
2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S. (Photo: Porsche)