A few electric vehicles are as alluring as the Porsche Taycan. Put into production in 2019 and already holding a solid chunk of Porsche’s total sales annually, the Porsche Taycan is not just an absolutely beautiful part of the Porsche family. It’s also an environmentally friendly, fully electric vehicle to boot. But how exactly did the Porsche Taycan come to be? What is its history like, and can the average driver even get their hands on one today? Not to mention, what are its various models? And how has it been received so far?
To find answers to these questions and more, we’ll look at some must-know facts, vehicle’s spec and dive into the history of the Porsche Taycan. We’ll also explore some of vehicle’s various models and see what critics and drivers alike have felt about the Porsche Taycan.
5 Must-Know Facts About the Porsche Taycan
- More than 20,000 Taycans hit the streets in 2020 alone, representing nearly 7.5% of Porsche’s total sales.
- The current Formula E Safety car, which reduces the speed of racing vehicles during caution periods on a racetrack, is a Taycan Turbo S.
- Taycan has two high-performance powertrains in the form of the Turbo, and the Turbo S. However, the vehicles don’t actually have turbochargers as the name would suggest.
- The name “Taycan” comes from the Turkish words for “lively young horse.” It’s no coincidence that there’s such a horse on the Porsche crest.
- The Taycan 4S earned the Performance Car of the Year award from Britain’s What Car? Magazine, complete with a perfect five-star rating from its editors.
Porsche Taycan Specs
93 kWh (performance battery plus)
563 HP(e) (performance battery plus)
479 lb⋅ft (performance battery plus)
4,894 lb (performance battery plus)
|0-60 MPH||3.8 seconds|
|Top Speed||155 MPH|
|Range (WLTP)||254 miles|
388 miles (performance battery plus)
|Range (EPA)||199 miles|
227 miles (performance battery plus)
While there are different Taycan models and trims, the abov specs reflect are for the base model Taycan 4S and its performance battery plus upgrade. Performance specs remain the same for both versions.
Porsche Taycan: Is It For Sale?
The Porsche Taycan is currently available in three models: The Taycan, the Taycan Cross Turismo, and the Taycan Sport Turismo. Each of these models has trims, which we will get into more below. All three of these models are available for purchase in the U.S. There are plans for a couple of new models to be available for purchase in the coming years, but they are yet to enter production at the time of this publication. They include a two-door coupe and a convertible model.
The History of the Taycan
First introduced as a concept version at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Porsche battery electric vehicle was known only as the “Porsche Mission E”. It was the very first of its kind for the German automobile manufacturer. Later revealed in completely finished at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Taycan adopts a “saloon” or “shooting brake” style standard for the Porsche brand. While many other brands have seen varying success with their BEV models, Porsche has seen nothing but good.
Taycan was an instant success in the vehicle’s first year. It sold itself, quickly garnering close to 7.5% of total Porsche sales for 2020. As time goes on and electric vehicles become more and more accepted by the masses, you can expect to see that number continue to rise. The company has tried out quite a few different variants — each at various different performance levels — throughout Taycan’s relatively young life.
Impressive Inside and Out
While many will be sold on the BEV because it’s a Porsche, others will take note of the impressive vehicle specs both internally and externally. It features an impressive four digital displays — one of which is a curved, free-standing driver’s display, another of which is a nearly 11-inch screen in the infotainment center. There’s also room for an optional screen for front passengers, intended to allow them to tweak and customize the car’s digital infotainment system. Naturally, the classic Porsche clock is still there.
Under the hood, the Taycan has a custom battery electric, all-wheel drive drivetrain that utilizes permanent-magnet synchronous motors for each axle. The Taycan delivers power to the front wheels via a single-speed gearbox. Conversely, in the vehicle’s rear, power travels to the wheels via a two-speed transmission and a limited-slip differential. These two speeds are as follows: a short planetary first gear for max acceleration and a long second gear for max speed and peak efficiency.
The 396-cell, 93 kWh lithium-ion battery conveniently serves as a structural part of the chassis.
Porsche Taycan: Models
Because the Porsche Taycan is still relatively new to the market, it’s not surprising to learn that models have already come and gone in the vehicle’s short history. With that being said, a few models still remain — each with its own various powertrain options. All in all, the Taycan, the Taycan Cross Turismo, and the Taycan Sport Turismo are the three most worth exploring at length here.
The base model Taycan body was first introduced in early 2021, with a smaller battery and a lower engine than the previously announced 4S, Turbo, and Turbo S powertrains. You might sometimes see this base model Taycan referred to as the Taycan 4, which came about to distinguish it from the newly announced Cross Turismo body in the spring of 2021. This base model Taycan — i.e. the Taycan 4 — retails for $86,700. It has an EPA estimated range of 242 miles (or 282 with the performance battery plus). It also boasts 402 HPE (300 kW) of power and a 0-60 MPH of 5.1 seconds.
The Cross Turismo is even more impressive than its predecessor. Also available in 4, 4S, Turbo, and Turbo S powertrains, the Cross Turismo has a much higher price tag of $97,700. Once you start adding in add-ons and upgrades, that number is going to increase significantly. Still, its base model delivers a range of 235 miles, 469 HPE (350 kW) of power, and a 0-60 MPH of 4.8 seconds. You might have fewer miles per charge with a Taycan Cross Turismo, but that power and speed make it worth it.
The Sport Turismo is naturally the most impressive Taycan of the bunch, and it’s got the price tag to prove it. Currently priced at $136,000 to start with, the Sport Turismo tops just about every imaginable performance and power spec across the Taycan line of vehicles. The Taycan Sport Turismo offers a staggering 590 HPE (44o kW) power, not to mention a 0-60 MPH of 3.5 seconds. This model is far faster and more potent than anything else in the Taycan family.
The Public’s Response to the Taycan
While all of these specs are fine and good, one question still lingers: How do people feel about the Porsche Taycan? Looking at Taycan’s 2023 model, critics seem to be in agreement about the BEV’s pros and cons. From insanely good acceleration to its fast charging to the simple fact that it truly drives like a gas-powered Porsche, there’s a lot to love in critics’ opinions.
Nothing can take away from the glorious feeling of being behind the wheel of a Porsche. Judging by the 20,000 vehicles sold in 2020 alone, it seems this is one driving factor behind Taycan sales inherent to the brand name. The public loves a good Porsche, and the Taycan is one. Whether it’s a base model, a Cross Turismo, or a Sport Turismo, the Taycan has consumers feeling satisfied (even if that pesky mid-200 range has definite room for improvement).
Looking toward the future, Porsche expects to see sales figures rise even higher as the manufacturer continues to make improvements. For reference, they’ve sold over 40,000 Taycans in the last year alone. Moreover, Porsche has sold a cumulative 80,000+ since the vehicle made its debut. With the latest figures from 2021, the vehicle holds more than 13% of all Porsche sales. Given the public’s positive response to the Taycan coupled with the continued improvements to the Porsche BEV, it wouldn’t be surprising to see more and more Taycans on the streets in the years ahead.