Porsche (PAH3.DE) has launched its first all-electric car with the release of the Taycan. The “four-door sports saloon,” as Porsche has dubbed the vehicle, made its global debut with two models – the Taycan Turbo S and the Taycan Turbo – the two most powerful car models within the company’s lineup.

"The Taycan links our heritage to the future. It carries forward the success story of our brand – a brand that has fascinated and thrilled people the world over for more than 70 years," said Oliver Blume, chairman of the Executive Board at Porsche AG, said. "This day marks the start of a new era.”

The flagship in the EV lineup is Porsche’s Taycan Turbo S. The car can produce up to 560 kW while the Taycan Turbo generates up to 500 kW. Power consumption on the vehicles is 26.9 kWh/100 km and 26 kWh/100 km, respectively.

The two Taycan’s don’t lack power either as the Turbo S can hit zero to 100 kph in 2.8 seconds while the Turbo model can accelerate to 100 kph in 3.2 seconds, Porsche said. Driving range on the two vehicles is 412 km for the Turbo S and 450 km for the Turbo variant. Both models are also all-wheel-drive with a top speed of 260 kph, according to the company.

 

 

Power for the Taycan’s comes from an 800-volt power system, allowing for DC or AC charging. According to Porsche, the Taycans’ charging time for five to 80 percent state of charge is 22.5 minutes. The battery has a 93.4 kWh capacity.

The power system on the Taycans drives a front axle and rear axle electric motors that provide continuous power for their all-wheel drive. The drivetrain uses a hairpin winding within the stator coils, which could allow for more power and torque with additional cooper added into the windings.

The exterior engineering of the Turbo S and Turbo models features a new design for Porsche that incorporates the company’s DNA through and through. The cars are equipped with a wide look and contoured wings along with sporty roofline with aerodynamics built-in for better energy consumption.

Inside the Taycan are a curved instrument panel and 10.9-inch infotainment display. Optional passenger display is also available. Porsche said it also reduced the number of classic hardware controls to provide an “intelligent and intuitive” controls that utilize voice or touch operation. The vehicle even responds to the command, “Hey Porsche.”

Seats in the Turbo S and Turbo feature recycled materials for added sustainability. Two luggage compartments are provided as well.

Porsche said the most important markets for the Taycan is in North American, China, and Europe, where the automaker presented its simultaneous world premiere of the vehicles. The company also said it plans to come to market with a Taycan Cross Turismo at the end of next year as well as less powerful models.

The cost of the Taycan Turbo S comes in at $185,000 while the Taycan Turbo starts at $150,900.

Shares of Porsche stock were up 1.67 percent as of market close on Wednesday.

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