2020 Porsche Taycan Timidly Teased Via New Design Sketches

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
2020 porsche taycan timidly teased via new design sketches

While Porsche has already confirmed its first-ever all-electric model for a September debut, parading it around in Mission E guise, the production Taycan remains a bit of a mystery. Most, including yours truly, are under the assumption that the finished model won’t look all that different from the prototype (probably with a dash of Panamera). But that’s based on little more than a gut feeling and a couple of design sketches the automaker quietly released this week.

In fact, Porsche was so quiet about the drawings, it only bothered sharing them with individuals on the model’s waiting list.

According to a post on TaycanEVForum from early Thursday, the German manufacturer included the images to “keep you dreaming about the Taycan on public roads.” It also referenced the drawings as “the latest” from the company’s design studio in Weissach, meaning this is probably somewhat indicative of the finished product.

Overall, it doesn’t look all that different from the Mission E we’ve seen at trade shows, but it does vary quite a bit from the test mules the company put on the Nürburgring and subjected to extreme climates — all of which looked like a mashup of the Tesla Model 3 and Porsche Panamera.

“Our start to 2019 is charged with excitement,” Porsche said in its email to those eagerly awaiting the EV’s arrival. “This is the year when the first all-electric Porsche will become a reality. The Taycan is certain to enthrall not only test drivers, but also our customers with its performance. When it rolls off the production line and onto the roads, it will offer a true dynamic Porsche driving experience like every Porsche before it.”

“Finishing work on the assembly line in Zuffenhausen is entering the final straight and the expansion of charging infrastructure worldwide is advancing at a great pace,” the company continued. “The historic main manufacturing center is being made fit for the automotive production of the future, as the outside world is preparing for a new standard in charging performance — typical of Porsche, the best in its class. All preparations are underway for a successful start for the Taycan.”

We’re not sure how much closer this actually gets us to understanding the production version of the Taycan, though it does seem to indicate that the company is keen on keeping customers interested in the looks offered by the original Mission E concept (below). Officially, all Porsche has said is that the EV will use two permanently synchronous motors to achieve a combined output in the neighborhood of 600 horsepower and is targeting 310 miles of range (on the European cycle) with impressive fast-charging capabilities.

We’ll likely get another round of teasers in the coming months before Porsche officially unveils the Taycan to the public this September, likely at the Frankfurt Auto Show.

[Images: Porsche]

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  • TimK TimK on Mar 16, 2019

    Porsche talks bravely about their charging infrastructure, on paper the specs are certainly impressive. Who is financing this charging station rollout? In out little community of 150 homes, some “sustainability” folks formed a HOA committee and they decided we should have a PEV charging station. Hilarity ensued when the quotes came in — just to install the hardware: $75K to $300K. If used regularly, power bill is over $10K annually.

    • Needsdecaf Needsdecaf on Mar 18, 2019

      Volkswagen AG is as part of their multi-billion dollar settlement with the EPA over Dieselgate. Search for Electrify America - that's VAG's program. I've already seen a station or two built near me. Zero Emissions Technology Investments: The Clean Air Act settlement also requires VW to invest $2 billion toward improving infrastructure, access and education to support and advance zero emission vehicles. The investments will be made over 10 years, with $1.2 billion directed toward a national EPA-approved investment plan and $800 million directed toward a California-specific investment plan that will be approved by CARB. As part of developing the national plan, Volkswagen will solicit and consider input from interested states, cities, Indian tribes and federal agencies. This investment is intended to address the adverse environmental impacts from consumers’ purchases of the 2.0 liter vehicles, which the governments contend were purchased under the mistaken belief that they were lower emitting vehicles. https://www.epa.gov/enforcement/reference-news-release-volkswagen-spend-147-billion-settle-allegations-cheating

  • Cognoscenti Cognoscenti on Mar 18, 2019

    I'm just practicing my Shatner to Ricardo Montalbán "Tie-KHAAAAAAAAN!!!!" for office-place antics whenever the model name is discussed.

  • FifaCup Loving both Interior and exterior designs.
  • FifaCup This is not good for the auto industry
  • Jeff S This would be a good commuter vehicle especially for those working in a large metropolitan area. The only thing is that by the time you put airbags, backup cameras, and a few of the other required safety features this car would no longer be simple and the price would be not much cheaper than a subcompact. I like the idea but I doubt a car like this would get marketed in anyplace besides Europe and the 3rd World.
  • ScarecrowRepair That's what I came to say!
  • Inside Looking Out " the plastic reinforced with cotton waste used on select garbage vehicles assembled by the Soviet Union. "Wrong. The car you are talking about was the product German engineering, East German. It's name was Trabant.