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The new Porsche Taycan raises bar in e-sports cars

THE new Taycan has reached new heights in terms of performance with exceptional dynamics and driving pleasure. | PHOTOGRAPHs COURTESY OF PORSCHE PH

Porsche has given the new Taycan a particularly extensive update. The variants of the German automaker’s first all-electric sports car have more power and range, and accelerates quicker.

Best of all, it charges faster. Style-wise, Porsche has also sharpened the design of the new Taycan, more strongly evident in its Turbo variants. All Taycan versions feature an even more extensive standard equipment list and come with the latest generation of the Porsche Driver Experience with an improved display and control concept.

There will be three body variants of the new Taycan, all  featuring numerous modifications: the Taycan sports sedan, the versatile Taycan Cross Turismo (available with an off-road package), and the sporty-yet-practical Taycan Sport Turismo. In each body variant, four powertrain options are available either in rear- and all-wheel drive configuration.

The latest variants of the new Taycan will arrive at Porsche dealers in the second quarter of 2024.

“We ushered in the new era of e-mobility with the Taycan at the end of 2019. It immediately proved to be a game changer and innovative pioneer in the e-vehicle segment. We are now continuing this success story with the extensively updated Taycan. The model line has reached new heights in terms of performance, with exceptional driving dynamics and driving pleasure. At the same time, we were able to significantly improve efficiency, range, day-to-day usability and comfort,” said head of the model line, Kevin Giek.

DEPENDING on the body variant and engine, the new Taycan’s range has increased to up to 678 kilometers, which is an additional 175 km.


Even higher performance

All new Taycan variants accelerate much faster than their predecessors. Two examples from both ends of the portfolio: as sports sedans, the Taycan and Taycan Turbo S reach the 100 km/h mark from a standstill in just 4.8 and 2.4 seconds, respectively. This makes them 0.6 and 0.4 seconds faster than their predecessors.

With the new push-to-pass function in the Sport Chrono package, a boost of up to 70 kW, depending on the model, can be activated for 10 seconds at the touch of a button. The increased acceleration rates are generally the result of higher system output. This makes the base Taycan deliver 60 kW more than the previous variant. In the Taycan Turbo S, it’s an additional 140 kW with Launch Control.

The new Taycan also has 35 percent more range compared to its predecessor. Depending on the body variant and engine, the WLTP range has increased to up to 678 km, which is an additional 175 km. Also, the new Taycan not only requires fewer charging stops on long trips than its predecessor, but it also recharges faster.

In the first-generation Taycan, the charging time from 10 to 80 percent is 37 minutes. Under the same conditions, the new Taycan takes just 18 minutes despite its larger battery capacity. The Performance Battery Plus now has a gross capacity of 105 kWh, increased from 93 kWh.


New active chassis

All new Taycan variants come with adaptive air suspension as standard. The new Porsche Active Ride suspension can be ordered as an option for the all-wheel drive versions. This system offers an unprecedented bandwidth between driving comfort and driving dynamics.

The suspension keeps the body of the Taycan level at all times, even during dynamic braking, steering and acceleration maneuvers. With a smooth ride, the system absorbs bumps almost completely.

In dynamic driving situations, the Porsche Active Ride suspension ensures an almost perfect connection to the road, thanks to a balanced distribution of wheel loads. If the appropriate mode is activated, the suspension can compensate for pitching and rolling motions in order to reduce the acceleration forces acting on the occupants.


Extensive efficiency measures

The simultaneous improvement of performance and efficiency is down to a number of factors: an advanced powertrain with a new rear-axle motor with up to 80 kW more power than its predecessor on all models, a modified pulse inverter with optimized software, more powerful batteries, revised thermal management, a next-generation heat pump and a modified recuperation and all-wheel-drive strategy.

The maximum recuperation capacity during deceleration from high speeds has increased by more than 30 percent from 290 to up to 400 kW. All variants now come as standard with aerodynamically optimized wheels and reduced-rolling-resistance tires. New 21-inch wheels and tires were specially developed for this purpose.


More equipment but lesser weight

Although the models weigh up to 15 kilograms less, the standard equipment is even more extensive than before. Ambient lighting, ParkAssist with reversing camera, electrically folding exterior mirrors with mirror surround lighting, heated front seats, Porsche Intelligent Range Manager, heat pump with a new cooling system, smartphone tray for wireless charging, electric charging ports on the driver and front passenger sides, Drive Mode switch and Power Steering Plus are all now standard features.

The Taycan base models are now also equipped with adaptive air suspension and aluminum door sill protectors as standard. In addition to the upgraded equipment, the improved product specification includes a battery with increased capacity but with a reduced weight.


Even more attractive design

With new headlights and tail lights, the experts at Style Porsche have further honed the clean, purist design of the new Taycan. The new front wings and the flatter headlights give even greater emphasis to the width of the new Taycan.

The new headlights feature high-resolution HD matrix technology with detailed optics and now display the brand’s characteristic four-point graphics at night. The Porsche logo in the rear light strip features a three-dimensional, glass-look design. An illuminated version of this is available for the first time, featuring welcome/leaving animations.

Among other notable features, the accent color Turbonite makes the Turbo and Turbo S models stand out more distinctively from the other versions in both the exterior and interior.

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