Porsche Taycan is here: 0-60 mph in 2.6 sec, 750 HP, good looks with a 911 price tag

The Porsche Taycan Turbo S. (Credit: Porsche AG)

The Porsche Taycan is here. In three simultaneous events in Canada, Germany, and China, the veteran automaker took the wraps off its first all-electric sports car. Addressing the audience at Niagara Falls, Porsche Executive Board Member for Sales and Marketing Detlev von Platen highlighted the importance of the Taycan to the company, particularly as it is a vehicle that is designed to carry Porsche into the electric age. 

“The Taycan links our heritage to the future. It carries forward the success story of our brand – a brand that has fascinated and thrilled people the world over for more than 70 years. This day marks the start of a new era,” he said. 

Porsche will be starting its electric car push with the Taycan’s top two configurations: the Taycan Turbo and the Taycan Turbo S. The base Taycan, as well as the midrange Taycan 4S, are expected to follow later this year, while the vehicle’s first derivative, the outdoor-themed Taycan Cross Turismo, is poised to be launched by the end of 2020. The company noted that by 2022, it would have invested over $6.6 billion in its electric vehicle initiatives.  

Following is an overview of the Taycan’s characteristics, from its design and performance to its safety features and price. 

The Porsche Taycan Turbo and the Taycan Turbo S. (Credit: Porsche AG)


Immediately noticeable from the production version of the Taycan is that the vehicle is very close to the appearance of the Mission E sedan. The Taycan is 1,966 mm (77.4 inches) wide but only 1,380 mm (54.33 inches) high, which gives the car a wide and flat look that is distinctly Porsche. It’s very low to the ground, being 40 mm (1.5 inches) lower than the Panamera. From the rear, the Taycan is shaped by a roofline that slopes downward to the rear, while its side sections are highly sculpted, giving the vehicle a wide and sporty stance. Overall, the Taycan has a length of 4,963 mm (195.39 inches) and a wheelbase of 2,900 mm (114.17 inches). The vehicle also has a 0.22 drag coefficient, which is currently the lowest of all cars Porsche has released to date. 


Porsche has only revealed the performance figures of the Taycan Turbo and Turbo S. With Launch Control, the Taycan Turbo S is capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds. The Taycan Turbo is only a fraction of a second behind, with its 0-60 mph time of 3.0 seconds. Quarter-mile times for each vehicle stand at 10.8 seconds for the Taycan Turbo S and 11.1 seconds for the Taycan Turbo. 

The secret to the Taycan’s speed lies in its two electric motors, the front of which has a max output of 190 kW for the Turbo S and 175 kW for the Turbo. The Taycan’s 335 kW rear motor, as well as its dedicated Launch Mode options with “Overboost,” ultimately allows the Taycan to have a maximum torque of 1,050 Nm for the Turbo S and 850 Nm for the Turbo variant. 

The Porsche Taycan Turbo and the Taycan Turbo S. (Credit: Porsche AG)


The Taycan’s body is comprised of an aluminum chassis reinforced with hot-formed steel on pillars and doors. Porsche highlighted that the vehicle was designed with strict requirements to ensure that nothing can puncture the car’s battery pack. In the event of a frontal crash, the Taycan’s front assemblies slide away from the pack to prevent intrusions into the cabin. The Taycan is equipped with a suite of sensors as well, including front and rear radar, wide-angle cameras, a mono front camera, ultrasonic sensors, and long-range radar. 


Porsche opted to utilize a 100 kWh battery pack with the Taycan, though only 93 kWh of this is usable. The Taycan’s batteries are made from Li-ion pouch cells that are provided by LG Chem. The Taycan’s aluminum battery pack has a 2 mm thickness on the bottom, with cell modules resting on top of the cooling system on the battery pack. 

The automaker utilized its 800-volt architecture for the Taycan, which, Porsche noted, reduces the current needed to produce large amounts of power. The lower current also means that Porsche could use thinner cables for the vehicle, allowing the Taycan’s wiring system to be lighter. Ultimately, Porsche notes that the Taycan’s 800-volt tech enables higher continuous power and faster charging.

The Porsche Taycan Turbo and the Taycan Turbo S. (Credit: Porsche AG)


The Porsche Taycan has not been issued with an official EPA rating yet, though the Turbo S has been given a 388–412 km (241-256 miles) range per charge under the WLTP standard. The Taycan Turbo was given a higher max range rating by the WLTP, outlasting its more powerful sibling with an estimated range of 381-450 km (236.74-279.61 miles) per charge. 

The Taycan Turbo has a power consumption of 25.7–24.5 kWh/100 km under the WLTP, which makes it more efficient compared to the Taycan Turbo S’ 26.7–23.0 kWh/100 km. Overall, the Taycan Turbo has a combined power consumption rating of 26.0 kWh/100 km under the NEDC, while the Turbo S variant is rated at 26.9 kWh/100 km. 


The Porsche Taycan’s storage area is comprised of a rear trunk and a frunk. According to the vehicle’s official spec sheet released for North America, the Taycan’s frunk has 2.8 cubic feet of space, while its rear trunk has 12.9 cubic feet of space. The Taycan is also equipped with two charging ports. Interestingly, the Taycan has a nifty feature for times when its charging port door is stuck due to ice. In such instances, the Taycan’s charge port door will vibrate and gradually increase the force until the vibrations break the ice. This should help electric car owners charge their vehicles during winters. 


Porsche states that the Taycan is one of its most important vehicles since the 911. In this sense, the Taycan is priced in pretty much the same bracket as the flagship sports car. The Taycan Turbo starts at $150,900 ($153,310 at launch), which is comparable to the price of a 2019 Porsche 911 Turbo. For comparison, Porsche Fremont’s official website lists the 2019 911 Turbo with an MSRP of $161,800.

The Taycan Turbo S is Porsche’s flagship electric car to date, and it is priced as such. The vehicle starts at $185,000 ($187,610 at launch), making it comparable to the price of a 2019 Porsche 911 Turbo S, which is listed in the United States with an MSRP of $190,700. 

Watch the Porsche Taycan’s unveiling in the video below. 

Porsche Taycan is here: 0-60 mph in 2.6 sec, 750 HP, good looks with a 911 price tag
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