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Taycan: Tested under extreme conditions

PORSCHE also conducted hot-country endurance tests in the soaring temperatures of Death Valley in California.

The 2025 Porsche Taycan, which will be revealed in a few days, has more power, shorter charging time, longer range and a clever new chassis hardware. It promises to raise the bar for premium electric sports sedans, just as the original did back in 2019.

The revamped version of the Taycan becomes available in the market in the middle of this year and Porsche has made sure that the all-electric sports car went through a final intensive testing. The new generation sports sedan and its Cross Turismo and Sport Turismo variants, have put in some 3.6 million test kilometers on proving grounds, racetracks and public roads all around the world.

They were even subjected under the most extreme conditions: Temperatures that ranged from +53 degrees Celsius in California’s Death Valley to -41 degrees Celsius north of the Finnish Arctic Circle.

IN Finland, some 350 km north of the Arctic Circle, the second-generation Taycan not only demonstrated its exceptional driving dynamics on snow and ice but also impressed with almost halved charging times at colder temperatures. | PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF PORSCHE PH

“Faster, higher, further — we have improved the new Taycan in practically every discipline compared to its predecessor. And because the changes are so extensive, the grueling testing program is almost comparable to that for a new model,” described Porsche vice president for Model Line Taycan, Kevin Giek.

Of the 3.6 million test km, 300,000 km was completed in cold-country conditions and 200,000 km in hot country locations. In Finland, some 350 km north of the Arctic Circle, the electric sports car not only demonstrated its exceptional driving dynamics on snow and ice but also impressed with almost halved charging times at colder temperatures.

Under freezing temperatures, the new Taycan showed that it can handle even the most challenging conditions on frozen lakes and in deep snow. Just as demanding, yet at the other end of the temperature scale, were the soaring temperatures of Death Valley, where hot-country endurance tests were conducted.

Even in such extreme temperatures, the prototypes not only maintained their excellent driving performance, but also their battery’s charging system and thermal management system that worked optimally. Porsche added that all Taycan variants, regardless of battery size, can charge from 10 percent to 80 percent in 18 minutes “under ideal conditions.”

Meanwhile, the Taycan now recovers 30 percent more energy during braking than before, up to 400 kilowatt from 290 kW.

“At Porsche, electric cars must undergo the same rigorous testing program as our combustion-engine sports cars. Alongside exceptional performance, a key requirement is uncompromising day-to-day usability under all climatic conditions,” said Florian Stahl, head of Taycan Testing.

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