By on July 30, 2018

Electric cars are a polarizing matter among automotive enthusiasts. While a small group of ardent EV loyalists exist, a large portion of car people look at them with varying levels of contempt. However, let’s not kid ourselves, electrification is an inevitability. Even if EVs don’t proliferate like rabbits in springtime, standard powertrains will continue to evolve and electric automobiles will account for some of the most extreme performance models on the road.

We’ve already seen what Tesla can do if given enough money. The Model S P100D can already hit 60 mph in just over 2 seconds — putting extravagantly priced, flamboyant supercars to shame.

More vehicles are coming to fit this mold. Porsche has been working on a rival for Tesla’s sedan for a while now, and recently released the specs. While the Germans seem to have developed a strong performer, ready to feed plenty of internal combustion vehicles a crow supper, it doesn’t appear to be quite as fast as Tesla’s best. Either that, or Porsche is downplaying the Taycan’s (formerly the Mission E) technical specifications. 

The Taycan will use a pair of permanently synchronous motors, similar to the 919 Hybrid, with one driving each axle. Combined, the system should produce nearly 600 horsepower (440 kW).

“We opted for a permanently excited synchronous motor in the Taycan,” said Heiko Mayer, Porsche’s drive unit project leader. “They combine a high energy density with strong sustained performance and maximum efficiency.”

That places is right next to the Model S in terms of power, though the figures Porsche gave for acceleration fell short by a second or so. According to the manufacturer, the Taycan should launch from a standstill to 62 mph in “well under 3.5 seconds.” Meanwhile, 124 mph (or 200 kph) should take less than 12 seconds.

Since the numbers Porsche provided are benchmarks for the worst-case scenario, we can assume they’ll come down slightly. However, the most expensive Model S still trumps these figures. Its acceleration in Ludicrous Mode is blistering and can comfortably sweep past 124 mph in about 11 seconds. But that doesn’t mean Porsche failed.

Most likely, the German manufacturer will unveil a high-performance model later in the Taycan’s life. While the automaker has confirmed no such vehicle, having a tamer, more cost-effective model makes sense. Believe it or not, Porsche cares about volume.

The Taycan’s battery pack should be good for a range of 310 miles, but it’s the charging system that has us the most impressed. By taking advantage of the vehicle’s 800-volt system, the vehicle is capable of charging stupidly fast. According to the manufacturer, a depleted pack can take on enough energy to cover 248 miles in only 15 minutes. That’s exceptional, assuming you can find an outlet able to handle that kind of current.

Porsche also claims it’s testing the crap out of these vehicles, saying that it has already produced “three figures” worth of prototypes overseen by 40 specialists. The company is shipping them all over the globe to abuse them and ensure an unparalleled level of reliability — which will be further helped by a $7 billion investment into “electromobility” through 2022.

[Images: Porsche]

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20 Comments on “Porsche Drops Technical Specs for Electric Taycan...”

  • avatar

    “Porsche also claims it’s testing the crap out of these vehicles, saying that it has already produced “three figures” worth of prototypes overseen by 40 specialists. The company is shipping them all over the globe to abuse them and ensure an unparalleled level of reliability”

    And this, friends, is the great advantage that the Volkswagen group has: leverage brands like Bugatti, Lamborghini, Bentley and Porsche for very high tech, “moon shot” technology experiments that will then trickle down to the mass market products.

    I have no doubt that Porsche is testing the snot out of these, partially because they know they have to get this product 100% dead to rights perfect; But also because they know that the technology demonstrated in the Taycan will immediately make its way into Audi products and down into Volkswagen, Skoda and SEAT derivatives as well.

    The lessons learned on this high-priced and (eventually) high margin product are going to be invaluable for the entire product range, from Tiguan to Taycan.

  • avatar

    I think the continued electrification growth is a good thing. For a 2 car household like mine, 1 EV + 1 gas car (hopefully a PHEV) makes a lot of sense. When we need to leave the range of the EV, we can pile the family into the hybrid and move on gas.

    There’s just a huge gap. It’s either sex machines like this/the Model S, phoned in conversions like the Kia Soul EV, or pure left brain creations like the Volt. Would be great if someone could actually live up to Tesla’s promise of expensive EV sex appeal and performance at a closer-to-average transaction price. Hell I’d take my Optima as an EV if it could retain the same performance as it has with the 2.0T. I think that could win enthusiasts over. Hell, even let us pick a synthesized engine note…. sim racing games make pretty convincing noises lmao.

    • 0 avatar

      The never-gonna-happen base-model Tesla 3 would fit the bill. But a Gen 2 Volt is pretty sporty-looking (at the expense of rear-seat headroom), and pretty fun to drive in Sport mode especially. The 0-60 time is only in the mid to high 7s, but the 0-30 time is in Tesla territory, so city driving is…amusing.

      • 0 avatar

        Compared to some of the cars I’ve owned (G37 sedan, current Optima sedan) the Volt just looks a little dowdy and cheap. Performance isn’t quite where I want it to be either, especially on the highway and fast 2 lane roads I drive on. Something like the Volt but faster, bigger and more upscale would be great.

  • avatar

    Porsche claims they’ll have 500 super chargers in the U.S. by the end of 2019. They’ll need that many in SoCal alone if they want to move these cars in significant numbers. 15 minutes for 248 miles is a pretty big deal though.

    • 0 avatar

      And because Porsche is so brand-image conscious, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the Taycan is initially a limited, regional release in places like SoCal, SoFla, DC, NY/BO, CHI – places where they can build out this infrastructure reasonably fast.

      • 0 avatar

        It can use existing face chargers in addition to the ultrafast chargers.

        • 0 avatar

          me: “It can use existing face chargers in addition to the ultrafast chargers.”

          Wtf. autocorrect sucks. I meant CCS chargers. Any existing CCS charger will.

      • 0 avatar

        Those sound like the kinds of places they would have a lot of trouble building the infrastructure out. For example Manhattan has been losing gas stations left and right. When I had my motorcycle there I remember there being about 3 under 96th street. Hell most people in NYC don’t have cars at all.

        They’d do better in cities of sprawl around the South, or less constrained West Coast cities like Portland.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    The Taycan’s performance advantage isn’t supposed to be in pure acceleration, but in endurance.

    It’s well known that the Model S eventually goes into safe mode on the Nürburgring due to an overheated battery (even though it’s a water-cooled system). Porsche has already poked fun at Tesla, saying the Taycan won’t have that problem.

    Obviously, very few buyers of any performance car utilizes that performance every time – who really drives at Nürburgring speeds all the time? But it’s the ability to do so that is appealing.

    In short, the Model S is more of a high-performance passenger car, while the Taycan will be more of a 4-door sports car.

    What I don’t believe is Porsche’s entry-level price target of $70k (IIRC). Obviously, you won’t get the full envelope of performance or options for that money, but nobody ever said it has to be profitable.

    • 0 avatar

      Agreed, SCE to AUX.

      The reality is that the Taycan is the high performance electrification test bed, as the upcoming Audi e-tron is the electrification test for CUVs.

      Volkswagen Group is throwing massive sums of cash into both of these products because the lessons learned are going to very quickly trickle down to the rest of the brands.

      • 0 avatar

        I’m excited to see what they come up with. I think Volvo is on the right track, but it would be nice if they offered electrification lower in the range. Mainstreamers have adopted electrification, but 7-8 second 0-60s are hard to stomach coming from motorcycles and cars that tickled 4 second 0-60s.

    • 0 avatar
      Christopher Coulter

      I agree with this take. It sounds like Porsche are taking the same kind of approach to this as they did to the 918. That car took *FOREVER* and in the end couldn’t match the raw performance numbers of the La Ferrari or McLaren P1. However, it is arguably the most well rounded and useable (if that word can apply at all to hypercars) of the three. Generally speaking Porsche can be a little boring, a little unoriginal, but ultimately built for the real world.

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    Porsche recently bought 10% of Rimac. Rimac is the maker of the Concept 2 that has two speeds and four motors and some amazing torque vectoring capabilities. I’m sure a 4 motor two-speed version of the Taycan will eventually appear.

    I want to get a Taycan, but suspect it may be 2 years before I’ll see it. My Leaf’s battery is great right now, but I don’t think it will be 100% this winter. Although, it really surprises me how little it has degraded so far. I just don’t see it making it another two years with the range I have now. Besides, Uber Bolts are starting to infest the quick chargers, so I really want enough range to avoid public charging.

    I’m actually thinking about a TM3 Performance while I’m waiting. Tuners like Mountain Pass are working their magic on the RWD TM3, so I’m wondering what they can do with the performance model. There is the iPace, but the tuned TM3’s seem to be a lot more interesting. I was really impressed by the one that took the Boxster in Time Attack.

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    I’m sure someone, somewhere, actually cares about this.

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