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We Need to Talk About the Porsche Taycan

When Porsche announced the Mission E at the Frankfurt International Auto Show back in 2015, it’s safe to say the motoring world was excited. Three years later, we’ve had an update, and it’s a big one.

There’s been a name-change. Say goodbye to the Porsche Mission-E, and say hello to the Porsche Taycan, a name which roughly translates as a ‘spirited, young horse’, linking with the Porsche emblem.

In a statement, Porsche’s Chairman of the Executive Board said, “Our new electric sports car is strong and dependable; it’s a vehicle that can consistently cover long distances and that epitomizes freedom.”

Along with the name change, we were also treated to a theatrical, fairly abstract teaser video, which features lots of emotive imagery and talk about the car’s ‘soul’. Which is all well and good, but what do we actually know about Porsche’s first all-electric sports car?

 

The car features two synchronous motors (PSM) with a system output of over 600 hp (440 kW). This can accelerate the car to an incredible 100 km/h in under 3.5 seconds.

The range on Taycan looks to be extraordinary, with the aim to be able to travel 300 miles on a single charge. It also has a rapid charge time, with Porsche claiming it will take just four minutes to give the car 62 miles of charge.

Prices are expected to be between £60,000 and £70,000.

Whatever you feel about the Taycan, there’s no denying Porsche’s commitment to their electric future. By 2022, the will have invested €6 billion into e-mobility, creating 1,200 new jobs at their headquarters in Zuffenhausen.

With Ferrari recently announcing their plans to produce an all-electric super car in the near future, it shows that electric super cars are well and truly on their way, and we couldn’t be more excited about the prospect.

One of the most accelerative cars on the road is also among the most relaxing. Who saw that coming?"

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