The new Porsche Taycan at a glance
- Facelift after 150,000 copies sold
- New batteries for more range
- Charging performance: 315 kilometers in ten minutes
- Turbo S slams from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.4 seconds
- Air suspension and heat pump now standard
- Basic price from 101,500 euros
Porsche Taycan is becoming more and more expensive: the basic model costs 101,500 euros
Porsche is aiming pretty high with the new electric sports car Taycan*. “Higher, faster, further” – that’s the immodest motto of the facelift. It remains to be seen whether the Zuffenhausen-based company will climb the Olympus of e-mobility. Because the second Olympic motto is out of the question for the demanding Swabian car manufacturers: Being there is everything – these times are finally over in the automotive industry because the competition from the USA, China and Korea has now become far too strong. In terms of sales figures, the Taycan, launched in 2019, was actually a success. 150,000 pieces were brought to the illustrious people worldwide. Mind you, with an initial starting price of 83,500 for the basic model.
*Porsche Taycan model variants, combined power consumption: 22.0-16.7 kWh; Combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km; Combined electric range: 537-634 km²
By the way, those days are over. Although the rear-wheel drive Taycan was available from 93,200 euros until the facelift, after the model revision it is now 101,500 euros. A pretty penny – but everything should become faster, stronger and further. However, the aging electric Porsche desperately needs this, as the journey with the old Taycan 4 S Sport Turismo to the presentation location behind Stuttgart clearly showed us. For the 460 kilometers there and back we had to go to the charging station twice. Well, the temperatures were at 0 degrees, but we didn’t chase the Taycan down the highway either.
Strong charging power: 320 kW for at least five minutes
In the meantime, the engineers for the facelift Taycan want to have fine-tuned the charging performance. It increases by 50 kW and is now up to 320 kW. Small restriction: This only applies to the Turbo and Turbo S models. As before, the rear-wheel-drive entry-level model and the 4S “only” create a maximum of 270 kW. But that’s pretty neat. Of course, all of this only applies to DC columns with 800 volts. Ideally, the Taycan can “refuel” for up to 315 kilometers in ten minutes, which roughly corresponds to the usual coffee break at the motorway service station. We put the charging test to the test, take a seat in the passenger seat of the only lightly camouflaged Panamera Turbo S (price from 209,900 euros) and have ourselves taken to the development center in Weissach. The foiling actually wasn’t needed at all because we wouldn’t have noticed the subtle corrections in the design. Quickly docked to the brand new black Porsche pillars – and lo and behold, even in the winter temperatures, it doesn’t even take a minute to reach 320 kW. Porsche guarantees five minutes of full power – in our test it was even more.
Peak performance is one thing, but what does the charging curve look like? And here too the new Taycan outperforms the old Taycan. The battery is filled from ten to 80 percent in 18 minutes, even though the battery capacity is twelve percent higher than its predecessor, which took just under 22 minutes. Incidentally, the new Taycan achieves high charging performance at temperatures of 15 degrees. The old model still had to be heated to 35 degrees. If these values hold up to a practical test, then the hurdle race at the gas pumps could be significantly shortened in order to stay on the Olympic theme.
More range: the tires alone cover 40 kilometers
The range of the various Taycan models increases by up to 35 percent. This is primarily due to the larger batteries (either 89 or 98 kWh net). Work has been done on cell chemistry, which leads to higher energy density. Recuperation has also been greatly improved. The Taycan recovers up to 400 kW when braking – but true one-pedal driving is still rejected for efficiency reasons.
Rims and tires also provide increased range. According to Porsche calculations, the newly developed 21-inch aero wheels should enable up to 40 additional kilometers. The basic model should travel up to almost 600 kilometers, in pure city traffic and with the large battery it would theoretically even be possible to travel up to 678 kilometers. For electric cars, such routes – in one go – are still something like completing a real marathon.
952 hp and 1,100 Nm torque – is that enough for Tesla’s Plaid?
When it comes to performance, the Zuffenhausen-based company doesn’t compromise either. In complete contrast to the combustion engine era, more power can be achieved in the electric age without too many technical feats. As is well known, one or two small Chinese cars with over 300 hp drive up there. As was to be expected, Porsche upped the ante and gave the top model Taycan Turbo S a short-term overboost performance peak of 952 hp and 1,100 Nm of torque. The all-wheel drive vehicle should break the 100 mark from a standstill in 2.4 seconds, but even the 408 hp basic model only needs 4.8 seconds for the regular value.
Porsche doesn’t quite achieve the value of a Tesla Model S Plaid (0-100 km/h in 1.99 s), but these are small things that don’t come into play in everyday life anyway. There is also a GT variant of the Taycan on the horizon – which could then have three electric motors. By the way, you can only get full power in the new Taycan Turbo S from a standstill using launch control. While driving, “only” up to 775 hp are normally available, although there is also the push-to-pass button adopted from Formula E. This increases the maximum power to up to 870 hp for ten seconds. But that should really be enough for every overtaking maneuver.
And that’s what else is new with the Porsche Taycan facelift
All models now have air suspension as standard. Anyone who wants can order the new Porsche Active Ride active suspension. Here the dampers do all the work. They are hydraulically controlled via high-performance pumps and can carry out the rebound and compression separately for each individual wheel. Porsche promises more comfort as a result. Also on board from the start are a heat pump and two loading flaps on each side of the vehicle. New is the traffic jam assistant, which is now active up to 60 km/h. The motto here is: keep your hands off the steering wheel. And completely legally. (Text: Rudolf Bögel | Images: Manufacturer)