Porsche Sort of, Maybe Teases the Taycan

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
porsche sort of maybe teases the taycan

Even though Porsche’s September Taycan debut is set in stone, it just can’t help itself with the teasers. While the images probably won’t mirror the production version exactly (that paint job certainly won’t fly), Porsche seems to be implying the bodywork seen here is headed for the assembly line.

From what we can see, there’s a lot left over from the Mission E. The overall look has softened slightly, but the broader strokes of the concept vehicle remain largely intact. Take the headlamps, for example. The overall shape has changed, resulting in something more in line with the rest of the brand’s lineup. However, they maintain the same bulb layout as the Mission E.

The rest of the car follows a similar logic, with Porsche turning down the aggression to deliver something that doesn’t look terribly different than the various Taycan test mules we’ve seen milling around the globe (see above).

Additional technical details were nonexistent in Porsche’s latest announcement. Still, the company did take the opportunity to remind the world of its commitment to electrification. Porsche anticipates more than 50 percent of its new vehicles sales will “have an electrical drive” as early as 2025. While that probably encompasses hybrids, it still represents a big change for the company in a ludicrously short timespan.

The Taycan will also debut Volkswagen Group’s 800-volt charging system. Assuming you can find a compatible fast charger, 80 percent of the Taycan’s battery can be restored in about 15 minutes. From there, owners can see how fast they can deplete it using the car’s claimed 600 horsepower.

As for Porsche’s pricing and trim strategy, that remains a mystery. The brand has “Turbo” variants of already turbocharged models, so anything goes at this point. Unofficially, we’ve heard the Taycan will start a few grand below $90,000. Thus far, the manufacturer has received around 20,000 deposits for the car and has promised to increase production to 40,000 units in the first model year.

[Images: Porsche]

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  • Jatz Jatz on Mar 18, 2019

    That paint job is too reminiscent of those neon drizzles something like an S-10 or Geo Storm would have.

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