By on March 15, 2019

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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13 Comments on “2020 Porsche Taycan Timidly Teased Via New Design Sketches...”


  • avatar
    ToolGuy

    “Because my NiCd drill from 1978 exhibited considerable memory effect, I’m pretty sure that Porsche won’t sell any electric Taycans, ever. I mean, is this a joke? Let’s face it, corded tools are just better for ultimate torque. You’ll never see cordless tools of any type on any serious job site.”

    – TTAC Luddites

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Tesla had better get its’ act together very quickly.

    • 0 avatar
      SCE to AUX

      For perspective, in the US Tesla already outsells all of Porsche by a ratio of 3.3 to 1.

      I doubt that a single model from Porshe gives Tesla anything to worry about.

      • 0 avatar
        mcs

        I suspect it’s going to be in a price class above the Model S. Add ADM to the price and it’s going to probably be up there with the higher end 911s. I want one, but I wonder how long it will take to get it and what it’s going to cost.

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        Probably should have made my point clearer.

        Right now, people put up with Tesla’s bulls**t quality issues and Musk’s Twitter circus because the product’s unique. But it won’t be unique for long. And the new stuff that’s coming soon to market will be made by companies that aren’t trying to figure out how to build an automobile on the fly.

        Tesla’s a premium brand, and premium brand buyers won’t put up with nonsense if there are better alternatives out there.

        I think Tesla had better get its’ quality issues fixed – stat. And a refresh on the Model S is long overdue.

      • 0 avatar
        civicjohn

        @SCE,

        You can throw out all of the numbers you want, I tend to believe that the ASP for the Teslas sold does not come anywhere close to the ASP of the Porsches ( Porschii?) that were sold in the same timeframe. I’ll go out on a limb and say that each Porsche transaction was very profitable.

        If you want to compare the 2, that’s fine, but a $35k Model 3 with that engaging Scandinavian dashboard (that looks like a coffee table with an Android tablet glued to the center) isn’t the same as a 911 Turbo 4S, and Porsche actually makes bank with each sale. I don’t personally own one, but amazingly enough my brother has the disposable income to afford a Turbo 4S and he’s actually let me use it several weekends.

        I’ve drove a Model 3, I have a Tesla dealership 4 miles from my house and in my personal opinion, there is no comparison. Sales don’t equal profit, just wait for the Q1 2019 earnings report from Tesla and get back with the results. And if the new electric Porsche is faster and better, he’ll probably get one of those with the next trade. He could care less about Tesla and the vaporware “Roadster” that who knows when it will come out. He told me that there was no way in h**l that he would put a deposit down for one because nobody knows if or when they will be able to build or ship one. No mention of it last night at the reveal, one would think that they would at least trot it out for the PR value. It appears that they only have one.

        • 0 avatar
          civicjohn

          @SCE,

          Please don’t misunderstand my post. In a weird way I was trying to buttress what you said in the second line!
          It was the first line that confused me…

          • 0 avatar
            SCE to AUX

            I had taken freed’s point to mean sales volume, but he re-explained himself well.

            Tesla does need to clean up its quality. I wasn’t too impressed with the fit and finish of the Model 3 I drove, and especially the one in the showroom.

            As for the Taycan, Tesla doesn’t really have a parallel car. It is certainly not the Model 3 (except maybe the Performance version which is is a different animal), and the Model S can’t compete with the Taycan on a race track.

        • 0 avatar

          911 is a sports car and model 3 is not. You cannot compare two. I guess 911 is more engaging to drive than 3 series or C class.

  • avatar
    TimK

    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.

    • 0 avatar
      needsdecaf

      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

  • avatar
    cognoscenti

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


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