Porsche’s Mission E all-electric vehicle becomes the ‘Taycan’
Jun 09 2018
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Meaning "lively young horse", in a reference to the animal on the company's crest, the Taycan will become Porsche's first electric sports vehicle when it enters production next year.
The Taycan has been dubbed the "Tesla-slayer" by some automotive journalists.
The company also marked the occasion by revealing a 911 Speedster Concept, an open-top version of its iconic sports auto.
Although it's not due for reveal until 2019, ahead of arriving in showrooms in 2020, Porsche has already racked up thousands of test miles in mules that appear to be further advanced than regular cars at this stage of their development process.
Previewed in our exclusive images, the Taycan will bear a close resemblance to the concept in shape and style, but the rear-hinged back doors and matrix LED headlamps will be adapted for production. Porsche has also confirmed a sub-3.5 sec 0-100kph and a sub-12 sec 0-200kph acceleration time for the Taycan, but exact data has not been disclosed as yet. Porsche CEO Oliver Blume told us: "We will think of different options and there will be more than one, with different levels of power".
The vehicle was known as the Mission E since the unveiling of the concept in 2015, but it was always known that the production version will most likely feature a name that works with Porsche's current naming scheme.
Over-the-air updates will be possible on the Porsche Taycan, upgrading on-board infotainment systems and safety tech, but also offering to boost power if the customer wishes. And with good reason, the Mission E's specs are truly remarkable and may ultimately sway some prospective Model S buyers to side with Porsche instead.
With new so-called J1 architecture that will enable fast-charging to 80% in just 15 minutes, the Taycan will reach the market with one of the most high-tech powertrains used on an electric vehicle yet. The engine plant is being expanded to manufacture electric motors.