The Porsche Taycan was the German sports car manufacturer’s first attempt at selling electric cars, and it turned out to be very successful. Now the Taycan has received mid-life improvements, or facelift and although the usual practice in these cases is cosmetic changes with small technical innovations, this time Porsche has chosen to pack a lot of new things technically and little visually.
The manufacturer specifically emphasizes that the improved Taycan surpasses its predecessor in every possible way, with Porsche promising significant improvements in distance per charge, charging speed, as well as acceleration.
The Taycan will continue to be available in several versions – the base model will be available with a single electric motor on the rear axle, developing 429 horsepower. The 4S follows with two electric motors and a power of 590 horsepower, but the big power improvements are reserved for the Turbo and Turbo S models – the Taycan Turbo will develop 871 horsepower, while the Turbo S even 938 horsepower. That should be enough to reach 100km/h in 2.4 seconds. All versions use improved electric motors, made more powerful and also lighter.
Porsche has also focused on improving car batteries by reworking their chemical composition and increasing their capacity. Now the base battery has a capacity of 89kWh, but 83.6kWh is available to the user. The large Performance Battery Plus battery now has a capacity of 105kWh, with 98.6kWh available to the user. The batteries themselves have been made lighter than their predecessors. To improve the driving distance, Porsche has made aerodynamic improvements, as well as used optimized summer tires. Here we can also talk about an improved thermal management system, a new heat pump and inverter, as well as greater recovery capacity.
The charging capacity is also an important point – if previously the maximum charging capacity was 270kW, now it has been increased to 320kW. This, of course, under ideal conditions, with a warmed-up battery and with a charger of adequate capacity. The maximum charging capacity is of course a good thing, but Porsche engineers have worked to make this high charging capacity usable for longer – it has a better charging curve. Porsche promises that the car will be charged from 10 to 80% in less than 18 minutes. These calculations have been made at an outside air temperature of +15 degrees.
The farthest, namely 680 kilometers on a single charge in the WLTP cycle, will be able to be done by the Taycan with a single electric motor at the back and a large battery. Other versions will do less because they have more power and two electric motors, but to promote efficiency, the front motor will increasingly be switched off when not needed. This will save energy.
All cars will be equipped with adaptive suspension, with Porsche promising improved driving dynamics. Also, the suspension can reduce the height of the car by 22 millimeters to reduce air resistance at high speeds. An improved version of the suspension can also be purchased for an additional fee, which further smooths out various road irregularities and provides improvements for driving on the track.
In the salon, we will see a reworked Porsche multimedia system, which now has a simpler interface and a wider range of functions. Also, the manufacturer has expanded the list of standard equipment for all models. The cars will go on sale in the spring of this year and they will be more expensive than the previous Taycans, but we will find out the exact prices in Latvia later.