Fast charging, long range, lots of torque: With the Taycan, Porsche presents a battery-powered sports car that can do many things better than Tesla. That, however, has its price.
No sign of thunder. But there’s no doubt about Weissach that the weather is shining, because the only slightly camouflaged Taycan test vehicle (sales start later this year) threads itself out of the entrance of the Porsche development center into the traffic like an almost silent lightning. At full acceleration from a standing position for frail passengers even a certain risk of injury, because the brutal Anfahrkick tackles the spine with vehemence to the backrest, and the headrest must earn their name repeatedly to the new. Who wants to live the full torque at every opportunity without warning, should not be surprised if the passengers spread wide in the seat, instead of enjoying the ride in the zero-emission Porsche relaxed.
The Taycan is a completely new developed Porsche-own creation
There is a great deal different in the just under € 150 000 expensive E-Porsche, a four-door sports coupe without filters and soft focus. “The spontaneous development of power is a big plus of the e-principle,” says Project Manager Stefan Weckbach. “The drive works almost instantaneously without the propshaft, angle drive and multi-speed gearbox, and the turbo has two electric machines on board, each of which precisely controls each wheel individually – our credo is zero percent loss, 100 percent dynamic efficiency.” Weckbach is also 100 percent convinced of his creation: “This car moves in a different league – without typical vulnerabilities such as temperature problems, early performance degradation and fantasy ranges.”
The Taycan is a completely new developed Porsche-Ownkreation, which starts with the claim to do everything better than the Tesla ahead of his time. While many manufacturers store the batteries monolithically in the underbody en bloc, in Weissach they opted for a topographical flat-floor architecture with recessed foot wells in front of the seats. This constructive trick was the key to the athletic-elegant silhouette that is indispensable from the point of view of the brand-name guard. The slightly more uncomfortable sitting position in the rear and the tighter headroom was accepted in favor of the better aerodynamics and the attractive design. 2021 debuts as a second variant of the Sport Cross, a mix of coupe, station wagon and SUV.
The Taycan turbo is in many ways the most extreme electric car so far. It charges – assuming the appropriate infrastructure – at 800 volts with up to 250 kilowatts, also recuperates with a maximum of 250 kW, makes the engines turn 16 000 tours and mobilized in ten seconds available overboost mode, a maximum torque of 1000 Newton meters. The 96- kilowatt battery pack powers two top-end models with 160 kW (front axle) and 300 kW (rear axle). The sprint from zero to 100 lasts no more than three seconds, tempo 200is reached in less than ten seconds. The first exercise can be repeated ten times without any loss of power; in the second exercise, the battery takes a little more time at the earliest after the sixth attempt.
In contrast to the competition, the Porsche engineers whistle for the coveted One Pedal Feeling. “A sports car should take away the gas does not delay vigorously, but roll out with as much momentum,” says Weckbach. “You can also activate a mild recuperation level in the Taycan at the push of a button, just as the range in the range program can be extended by about ten percent if necessary.” However, the focus of our concept is clearly on ultimate driving pleasure Battery until just before the emergency reserve full power available.
The Taycan turbo runs 260 kilometers per hour in the top (a rather theoretical value given the traffic density), but speed is not its only virtue. To the same extent thrills the enormous pulling power, which converts their spontaneous starting moment despite four-wheel drive and locked first gear only with difficulty in traction. As if he could read minds, the chauffeur changes as a sample on the example of Sport on Sport Plus and gas until ESP interventions need to catch the 20-inch wheels just before the border again and again. Unlike in the penalty, the fast forward in the 625PS strong Taycan no drama in six upshifting files, but a kind of deep relaxation forward compression without any Gangwechselruckeln and thereby triggered small sagging. Instead, the Porsche shines with progressive-linear power development, as controlled by spirits directional stability and the active roll stabilization as a therapy against unwanted body movements.
The assistance systems come from the Audi A8, the 34 consisting of 408 individual cells each battery modules are supplied by LG, the suspension is an evolution of the 911 , which dictates the line in the interior in the form of classically arranged digital round instruments. The center console looks tidier than in the Panamera, the passenger gets on request his own screen, the seats create a positive connection between man and machine. In the second row, of course, the best will in a third person can accommodate, and also the suspension comfort was obviously not in the list of requirements in the first place. This is ensured by the fat tires, the wide track and the high weight of almost 2100Kilograms for a degree of traction, which is rounded off by the punctual rear axle steering and the adaptive air suspension. Comment by the development manager: “We are particularly proud of the exact feedback from the direct steering and the seamless transition from electrical to hydraulic deceleration.”
The project costs of 800 million euros include new production facilities at the Zuffenhausen headquarters, which are initially designed for 60,000 units per year. In addition to the turbo and the turbo S Porsche sends two more variants into the race: In the base model for about 90 000 € takes a smaller battery pack with 80 kWh, the power supply of 240 to 280 kW electric motor, which drives only the rear wheels. The more than 100 000 Euro expensive Taycan 4 S shines with all-wheel drive, two electric machines with 320 to 360kW system performance and advanced features. The range to WLTP should be between 400 and 600 kilometers, the charging power is expected to increase from 2021 to 350 kW, which shortens the service life to just over 14 minutes. Inductive charging is only in the medium term an issue.
After two hours of fast highway driving, the Taycan’s multifunction display displays 44 percent charge and 190 kilometers of range. The consumption was on the fastest passages according to on-board computer 50 kWh and more – electric cars just can not witch. But they make unusual noises that are drowned out only from Tempo 80 by the wind and the loud rolling tires. If you like, you can order a sound generator as background music, which is switched on manually and supposedly sounds similar to an electrically powered eight-cylinder packed in cotton wool. Quite possible that the farewell to the burning world for one or the other brings certain withdrawal symptoms with it.
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