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6 Things You Need to Know About the Porsche Taycan

There’s a reason it was Esquire US's Car of the Year 2019.
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Pardon the pun, but it seems eletric is the buzzword these days when it comes to automobiles. While carmakers are scrambling to offer up the ultimate marriage of sustainability and performance, some are already way ahead of the game.

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The Porsche Taycan is undeniably one of those rising up from the crowd. Introduced five years ago, the Taycan is now an actual production model making its way across the globe. In the Philippines, Porsche officially unveiled the Taycan last July.

Here are a few things you need to know about Porsche’s first all-electric sports car, which, incidentally, was chosen by Esquire US as Car of the Year 2019:

1| It comes in three models

Porsche initially offerd the Taycan in three models: the 4S, Turbo, and Turbo S. The flagship Turbo S can generate up to 750 horsepower (560 kW) of power in combination with Launch Control and overboost, while the Taycan Turbo can produce up to 670 horsepower (500 kW). The 4S, meanwhile offers 523 horsepower (390 kW).

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The Taycan Turbo S can go from zero to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds, the Taycan Turbo in 3.0 seconds, and the 4S in 4.0 seconds.

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2| It’s the first production vehicle with a system voltage of 800 volts 

Instead of the usual 400 volts for electric cars, the Taycan has a system voltage of 800 volts. Porsche says this an advantage for drivers as, under ideal conditions, charging time from five to 80 percent is just over 22 minutes. , with a maximum charging power (peak) of up to 270 kW. The overall capacity of the 800V high voltage battery is 93.4 kWh.

3| It doesn’t lose its Porsche DNA

The Taycan may be fully electric, but it doesn’t lose everything else that makes it a Porsche. It looks particularly wide and flat from the front with highly contoured wings, and the silhouette is shaped by the sporty roofline sloping downward to the rear. There are also innovative elements such as the glass-look Porsche logo integrated into the light bar at the rear. 

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4| The interior is completely new but still unmistakably Porsche

The cockpit signals the start of a new era of interior design at Porsche. There is a 10.9-inch infotainment display as well as an optional passenger display which are combined to form an integrated glass band against a black-panel. Porsche also designed the user interface from scratch. Most of the controls use gentle touch or voice-activated instead of classic hardware switches and buttons. Start the voice control with the command “Hey Porsche.”

The Taycan also offers an entirely leather-free interior option for the first time. Instead, interiors are made from innovative recycled materials, which further underscore the sustainable concept of the electric sports car. Two luggage compartments are available: the front compartment has a capacity of 2.8 cubic feet while the rear has 12.9 cubic feet.

5| It has innovative drive motors and a two-speed transmission

The Taycan offers two efficient electric machines, one on the front axle and one on the rear, which means the cars are all-wheel drive. A special feature of the electric motors are the "hairpin" windings of the stator coils, which makes it possible to incorporate more copper in the stator that, in turn, increases power output and torque while maintaining the same component volume. The two-speed transmission installed on the rear axle is an innovation developed by Porsche. First gear lets the Taycan prioritize acceleration from a standing start, while second gear, with its long gear ratio, ensures high efficiency and equally high power reserves while traveling at high speeds.

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6| It has multiple driver modes

Similar to other Porsche models, the different mode profiles on the Taycan allow drivers to tailor their experience on the road. The four driving modes are Normal, Sport, Sport Plus, and Range. In addition, individual systems can be configured as required in the “Individual” mode.

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