Coming soon: 2020 Porsche Taycan

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First published: 10th September 2019
  • New all-electric sports car from Porsche
  • Two versions delivering either 680 or 761 horsepower
  • Maximum range of 280 miles
All the buzz (if you’ll pardon the pun!) on Porsche’s stand at the Frankfurt Motor Show is around the brand’s revolutionary new all-electric sports car, the Taycan.

To our eyes, the exterior design of this his four-door sports saloon strikes a good balance between looking futuristic, but still being recognisable as a Porsche. The interior is designed to be entirely leather-free for the first time, instead using a range of recycled materials. Like in some other Porsche models, there are two luggage compartments, with 81 litres of space at the front of the car and 366 litres at the back.
Initially, the Taycan comes in two forms, the Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S. Both have two electric motors – one on the front axle and one on the rear – and four-wheel drive. Most interestingly, though, both are among the most powerful cars that Porsche currently has in its product range.

The Turbo develops a stonking 680 horsepower, making it capable of 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds of a top speed of 162mph. The Turbo S has the same top speed, but with an even-more-bonkers 761 horsepower, it’ll crack the 0-62mph even more quickly at 2.8 seconds. Range-wise, the official WLTP figures suggest you’ll get up to 280 miles out of the Turbo and 256 miles from the Turbo S.

The chassis is a sophisticated one, with an adaptive air suspension, electromechanical roll stabilisation and torque vectoring. There are four default driving modes that can be selected, called Range, Normal, Sport and Sport Plus, while individual systems can also be configured individually in the Individual setting.

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