Porsche calls Tesla Model S fighter the Taycan

Jun 11, 2018, 00:48
Porsche calls Tesla Model S fighter the Taycan

Known as the Mission E until today, Porsche said its upcoming battery electric sports vehicle will be called Taycan.

"We are going to take the next big step next year", when Taycan deliveries will begin, Blume said at the Porsche museum near the company's headquarters in Stuttgart, where the brand celebrated the 70th anniversary of its first-ever sports vehicle, the 356 model.

"Our new electric sports auto is strong and dependable; it's a vehicle that can consistently cover long distances and that epitomises freedom".

Porsche has christened its first electric sports auto.

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The Taycan "must be a Porsche first", Stefan Weckbach, vice president of Porsche's battery electric vehicle program, told The New York Times recently.

The Mission E concept vehicle is a big part of the special exhibition as Porsche presents it as the "the future of the sports car".

Stay tuned for more updates on the Porsche Taycan.

The Porsche Mission E arrived nearly three years ago at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015, signalling Porsche's "Mission" to embrace all things "E".

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The Taycan will compete against Tesla's Model S sedan. The closest rival will be the Tesla Model S P100D, although, being a Porsche, driving dynamics will be much higher in its set of priorities.

Porsche say you won't need to spend half an hour "conditioning" the Taycan to get that performance and, as long as you have juice to play with, the Taycan will keep on delivering its power. The Taycan will be powered by twin electric motors with a system performance of more than 440 kW, and can accelerate to 100 km in "considerably less than three seconds". Range will reportedly be over 500km under the NEDC testing scheme, although we're holding our breath to hear how that range looks under WLTP. The existing engine plant is being expanded to manufacture electric drives and the body shop will also be developed.

The Taycan is the start of a broader electrification strategy at Porsche.

Porsche plans to invest more than six billion euro in electromobility by 2022, doubling the expenditure that the company had originally planned.

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