Published: 05 Sep 2019, 04:26 pm
Porsche has finally unveiled its first all-electric car after four years. The German automaker revealed the production version of the Taycan electric sports car on Wednesday during an event that took place simultaneously on three continents.
Originally dubbed “Mission E” when it was announced as a concept car in 2015, the Taycan will begin its production life as two variants: the Taycan Turbo and the Taycan Turbo S, which run a staggering $150,900 and $185,000, respectively. Both are all-wheel drive machines, and both go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in three seconds or less.
Both initial versions of the Taycan will use a dual-electric-motor setup to put out the equivalent of 616 horsepower. The Taycan Turbo will make 670 horsepower in the special get-off-the-line-quickly “launch control” mode, while the Turbo S can put down 750 horsepower in that mode. The result is that the Taycan Turbo can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in three seconds flat, while the Turbo S will make that same run in 2.6 seconds.
The two Taycan Turbos draw their energy from a 93kWh battery pack that weighs in at 1,389 pounds. In all, both cars weigh just a touch over 5,100 pounds, which is just a few pounds lighter than the current version of Tesla’s Model X SUV, and a few hundred pounds heavier than the Tesla Model S sedan.