Looking at recent press releases from major car manufacturers, you’re bound to notice one thing. They’re all heading towards having a largely hybrid or electric model lineup in the years to come. We’ve seen what Audi is planning for the year 2020 with their all-electric e-tron. Mercedes isn’t afraid to show off their hybrid capabilities either. What’s new to the electrification game largely played by Germans is this-the 2019 Porsche Taycan with it’s gorgeously elegant body and fully electric powertrain.
The first steps for the Taycan were made way back in 2015, where it was revealed as a concept. Unlike it’s father, the Mission E Concept, Porsche pushed through and decided to make the Taycan happen.
Porsche is not playing in unfamiliar turf when it comes to electric drives. They have a lot of R&D with hybrids thanks to their chequered flag-taking 919 LMP1 cars, and the 911 GT3 R Hybrid. There is also the monstrous 918 Spyder time machine. As you can see, they kind of got the hang of all those electrons running back and forth.
The Deceiving Lines Of The 2019 Porsche Taycan
Hiding underneath the handsome body lines inherited from the Mission E Concept, the 2019 Porsche Taycan packs a rather clever and powerful punch. As the car is still in development, the informations are a bit scarce, but I’ve managed to dig out some important figures.
At the core of the 2019 Porsche Taycan is a pair of permanently excited synchronous motors, which are basically revamped PSM units from the LMP1 racer. Supplying them with juice needed to push out 600hp to the wheels is the humongous 270 Wh/kg battery. Taking in consideration that Porsche’s engineers assigned a motor per axle, it’s easy to conclude that the Taycan will be all wheel drive.
Aside from the ability to say “I have LMP1 motors in my Taycan”, the mountains of torque applied to the wheels will propel the Stuttgart saloon to 60 mph in sub 3.5s times with an electronically limited 155 mph top speed. What’s interesting about the downsized PSM units is that they can take a beating time and time again, without breaking a sweat. Not as fast as a Tesla, but still plenty fast.
When it comes to the range, it’s actually quite a lot of miles. About 300 of them from a single charge. As soon as the need for more happy protons and electrons comes about, you have a couple of options at your disposal. The fastest is the 350 kW CCS (Combined Charging System) charging station with 4 minutes of charging needed for a 62 mile charge. Leave the charger running for 15 minutes and you’ll get a 250 mile charge.
The catch is that these charging stations are few and far in between, so you’ll have to settle for less for now. However, Porsche is working on about 500 of their own chargers which will end up on US soil, while Europe is getting a richer IONTY power grid.
On the exterior side of things, not much has changed from the Mission E Concept. There is a question mark put on the rear reverse open doors, as well as the matrix headlights. The rear of the 2019 Porsche Taycan is set to be reminiscent of the 911, while the overall silhouette kind of looks like a baby Panamera. There are no words about the interior, but I’m sure that it’ll be worthy of the Porsche badge, especially if it looks like the Mission E one posted below.
It’s likely that there will be a couple of versions, fit for different pocket depths, sporting different options and power levels. The aforementioned 600 hp model would be the top of the line version, with the entry level boasting somewhere around 400 hp. As the 2019 Porsche Taycan is destined to challenge Tesla, the base model would land in the $80,000-$90,000.
Fossil Fueled Sports Cars Are Becoming Dinosaurs
Personally, I quite liked the way the Mission E looked when I saw it, but I didn’t think that they would actually build it. Although, it’ll be a watered down version of the images in this article, as it usually goes with concepts and production cars.On the other side, I’m probably going to be a bit disappointed when it passes me without the characteristic Porsche flat 6 symphony. I’m a firm believer that thoroughbred sports car should be fossil fueled. They are becoming extinct after all.