'Taycan' is Porsche's new electric sedan

Muriel Colon
June 11, 2018

It joins Panamera, Cayenne, Macan and Cayman in Porsche's lexicography of names, and although Mission E seemed an entirely sensible production name, Taycan will soon bed in. Pronounced "tie-kahn", Porsche says the name roughly translates as "lively young horse", as in the one on Porsche's crest, a crest that's remained unchanged since 1952. Porsche Chair Oliver Blume called it "strong and dependable; it's a vehicle that can consistently cover long distances and that epitomizes freedom". The electric sedan will have more than 600 horsepower from its two "permanently excited" synchronous electric motors.

The Taycan will have a range of 500 km and be able to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds. "Multiple jump starts are possible in succession without loss of performance", Porsche says.

Porsche Taycan or Tesla Model S?

Porsche both needs electrification to comply with tougher emissions rules and is embracing the technology because it allows for sporty driving that dovetails with the brand, he said. And with good reason, the Mission E's specs are truly remarkable and may ultimately sway some prospective Model S buyers to side with Porsche instead. The Taycan is arguably the marque's most radical model in its 87-year history - being its first ever all-electric production vehicle.

(PCNA) is the exclusive US importer of the Porsche 911; 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman; Panamera; and Cayenne and Macan.

Previously, the manufacturer has released pictures of the build pre-production copies Taycan, where you can see individual elements of the model, for example, headlamps.

The Taycan is expected to go on sale late next year. The production electric vehicle will begin in 2020. First up will be new infrastructure to support the Taycan: a dedicated assembly area, electric motor manufacturing, and a new body shop, all in Stuttgart.

Webber also announces that the auto has "600hp", which equates to 592bhp, confirming speculation that its lithium ion battery pack-powered dual electric motor architecture will rank the Mission E second only to the 911 GT2 RS for power.

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