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Electric Porsche Taycan Turbo S (2020): The first check

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A ot the 2015 IAA, Porsche had a first with the Mission E vehicle study Provides a glimpse into the brand's electric future. The show car, which is just 1.30 meters high and has four doors opening in opposite directions and without a B-pillar, fits in between the 911 and the Panamera. Now the series model will be available in 2020, which is only slightly higher at 1.34 meters and otherwise remains very close to the show car. The name Taycan comes from Turkish: Tay=foal and Can=life, soul. Porsche freely translates it into 'lively, young horse'. The electric sports car will celebrate its public premiere at the IAA 2019, we were already sitting in the Taycan Turbo.

The first seat sample

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An There is definitely no shortage of displays in the electric sports car. On the other hand, there is a 'shortage' of conventional buttons and switches.

The driver initially receives a whole armada of displays, which he comfortably taut Can use stalls. First and foremost the curved 16.8-inch screen behind the steering wheel, which houses the digital instruments. In the middle sits the now called “power meter” replacement tachometer with a central speed display. The layout can be intuitively configured using steering wheel buttons, from a full-format navigation map to a reduced display for minimized distraction from driving.

However, the 8.4-inch touch is much more decisive for the feeling of space -Control panel in the center console with clear haptic click feedback. In the Taycan, conventional buttons or switches can only be found on the steering wheel. The control panel can be used, among other thingsControl the air conditioning and luggage compartment locking (81 liters of storage space at the front, 366 at the rear). In addition, the pilot can display the charge status of the battery and the remaining range here.

Screen for the passenger

But that's not all. In the middle of the dashboard there is of course a touchscreen, namely the one for infotainment. This is simply and logically divided into three main areas. The home screen houses the usual applications such as music or the telephone. Another tab leads to the assistance systems and chassis settings and finally there is a point for messages from the on-board computer or a connected smartphone. The screen reacts quickly, the swiping movements are implemented smoothly. Incidentally, you don't have to get in each other's way with the front passenger, because he or she can optionally have its own screen on its side. The range of functions corresponds to that of the infotainment display with the restriction that the passenger cannot set any riding modes. In addition, the display only works if someone has actually taken a seat in the front passenger seat.

In terms of display technology, rear passengers do not go away empty-handed - at least if the four-zone automatic air conditioning has been booked. Then the rear climate zones can also be controlled via the display. Speaking of which, in the back seat: Passengers up to 1.85 meters tall shouldn't have any problems with the height, despite the panoramic roof. There is a greater risk that the beet will hit the left or right (depending on the seat) during jagged load changes. The knees are happy about the generous amount of space, thanks to the “foot garages”, the joints don't hang just below the chin. Here you can travel comfortably even over long distances. Incidentally, that's a maximum of 412 kilometers in the Taycan Turbo S according to WLTP, and 450 kilometers in the Turbo.

Ready to go at any time

Despite the sporty lines, the all-round visibility in the electric sports car is good. A reversing camera helps where the design obstructs the view. The production model has conventional exterior mirrors, the cameras of the Mission E study did not make it into production. Elsewhere, the Taycan makes up for its claim as a technical pioneer in a digital age. Even if there is a vehicle key, it does not have to be used. Once the car is unlocked, you can immediately select gear D with one step on the brake using the selector lever on the right behind the steering wheel (as in the 918 Spyder), and off you go.

The processing is little surprising, extremely high quality. In addition to various leather upholstery (also two-tone), Porsche also offers a leather-free version called Race Tex. These are recycled polyester fibers. The selected decor is not limited to an inlay in the dashboard, but also extends to the door opener, the ventilation surrounds, cup holders and accents on the steering wheel.

GreenHell in under eight minutes

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There you go but someone on the safe side! The electric Porsche completed several million test kilometers during its development.

Porsche put its electric sports car through its paces. The prototypes have covered a total of six million test kilometers, two million of them in endurance testing. In digital simulations, the model spooled another ten million kilometers - of course on the legendary Nordschleife of the Nürburgring. The model is said to have worked in the virtual asphalt for less than eight minutes. Here are the other test facts:

  • Countries: A total of 30, including the USA, China, United Arab Emirates and Finland
  • Temperatures: From minus 35 to plus 50 degrees Celsius
  • Humidity: From 20 to 100 percent
  • Altitude: From 85 meters below to 3,000 meters above sea level
  • Charging cycles: More than 100,000 with different Charging technologies worldwide
  • Development team: around 1,000 test drivers, technicians and engineers

When it comes to performance levels, Porsche falls back on tried and tested names. This is the name of the basic variant of the Taycan Carrera, above it ranks the Carrera S and as a top model, the Taycan can carry the name suffix Turbo or Turbo S - even if neither combustion engines nor charging systems are on board. A look at the data sheet reveals that this naming is nevertheless justified. The top model Turbo S with 1,050 Newton meters of torque accelerates to 100 km /h in 2.8 seconds and to 200 km /h in 9.8 seconds PS with turbo). As? That still doesn't satisfy your hunger for data? Fortunately, we have summarized all the known facts and figures in an easily digestible table.

The Stuttgart-based company is building an electrical platform for the Porsche Taycan that is structurally different from the EV platform from Volkswagen. The Taycan is driven by two permanently excited electric motors (one per axle) that generate their power via torqueHand over vectoring to the individual wheels. The driver can influence the braking energy recovery via controls on the steering wheel.

93.4 kWh battery pack weighs 650 kilos

Very few electric cars have so far had longitudinal dynamics thanks to their enormous torque at low levels Speed ​​problems. With all-wheel steering and the particularly low center of gravity (80 millimeters below that of the Porsche 911, Type 992), the Taycan should also achieve a level typical of the brand in terms of lateral dynamics. As in most e-cars, the lithium-ion battery is located between the axles in the vehicle floor. However, in order to create enough space for the passengers despite the low vehicle height, the engineers planned “foot garages”. In other words: There are no battery cells in the floor pan of the electric car in the four footwells - the battery has the overall shape of a flat cuboid, but leaves out four small cuboid in front of the seats. There is enough space for the feet of the passengers, while the seat rails are mounted on battery cells.

The battery pack from LG Chem in the vehicle floor consists of 396 pouch cells. This works ideally in a temperature window of 20 to 40 degrees Celsius and is therefore cooled or heated as required. The 93.4 kWh pack alone weighs 650 kilograms. The greatest specialty is the 800 volt technology, which allows cables with a significantly smaller cross-section and thus lower mass, which has a positive effect on the overall weight of the vehicle. Another advantage of this technology is the shorter charging times: the Taycan batteries should be charged from five to 80 percent of their total capacity in 22.5 minutes. In other words: five minutes of charging time should bring a range of 100 kilometers.

350 kW charging power only from 2021

However, Porsche is aware that there is currently no charging infrastructure with 800-volt-150 kW charging stations there. Porsche CEO Oliver Blume told auto motor und sport: “The state wants to promote electromobility and will therefore have to invest in infrastructure. But as a manufacturer, we are also very interested in expanding the charging network quickly. It is important that such a network is created quickly not only in Germany, but also in other countries. For us, the priority is on a comprehensive fast charging network with an output of over 150 kW per charging station. '

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Under ideal conditions, the Taycan can reach 22.5 Minutes from five to 80 percent charge level.


With the joint venture company Ionity, 400 charging stations are to be expected by the end of 2019 with an output of 350 kW. It is now assumed that initially only a charging capacity of 250 kW will be possible, and that 350 kW will not be available until 2021. 'Initially, a charging process costs eight euros,' says Michael Kiefer, Head of High-Voltage Systems at Porsche Engineering. And then? No Information. Fabian Grill, project manager for electromobility, explains how large the energy requirement is: 'Assuming an annual mileage of 17,000 kilometers, a Porsche Taycan doubles the electricity consumption of a three-person household'. Therefore, intelligent charging management must be established that takes into account the temperature of the drive, the energy source, the energy price and other consumers. To make sure that it works, around 100,000 charging processes are carried out during development. Even more: 'We will cover around six million test kilometers all over the world with 200 prototypes,' says project manager Robert Meier, project manager for the Taycan complete vehicle.

Door concept not from the study

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Not everyone Feature of the study 'Mission E' made it into the series. Most of the proportions and design language have been adopted.

The sports car is losing out on the way from the Mission E study to the Porsche Taycan Incidentally, his door concept has four conventionally hinged doors with frameless side windows and B-pillars. 'There are simply reasons for weight and safety,' explains Meier. Cameras instead of side mirrors are also not closed because of the wide rear fenders and the required mounting position of the monitors in the door panelsbeen realizing. However, the design and proportions largely correspond to the study. With a length of 4.96 meters, the Taycan is four centimeters shorter than a standard Panamera, but two centimeters wider (1.96 meters).

When they roll, it's noiseless. But it shouldn't stay that way. “The Taycan has a specific sound. We don't want to imitate an eight-cylinder engine, but rather create an electric sound. To do this, we pick up the sound directly on the electric motor, filter out those frequencies that are reminiscent of a dentist's drill. What remains is a fascinating, deep, independent sound, 'reveals Meier.

Further variants of the Taycan planned

In addition, further variants are definitely conceivable, one of which is anticipated by the Cross Turismo study, whose series production was decided by the board of directors on October 18, 2018. CFO Lutz Meschke is a little more specific about the derivatives: 'Yes, we are working on it, we are investing around 500 million euros'. What he doesn't say: This initially means different performance levels of the four-door sedan - and that Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.

Conclusion

The Taycan will be a real Porsche, there is no doubt about that. Of course, this also applies to the price. Because the top-of-the-line version of the electric sports car with 625 hp is going into series production, the spark will initially only jump if at least 133,000 euros have been paid beforehand.

With high prices, Porsche has no problem with its previous portfolio either . The Taycan would still be competitive against targeted rivals such as Tesla's Model S. The Taycan should be at least as good as the US pioneer in terms of longitudinal dynamics, and in terms of transverse dynamics in view of the lap times sought on the Nordschleife.

And that Porsche is serious about this is shown by the Erlkönige at the Nürburgring are watching. “The future of Porsche also depends on Mission E,” said Porsche boss Oliver Blume at the sports car manufacturer's New Year's reception. The skeptics of progress should also be assured at this point that the steering wheel as such will always remain a part of a Porsche despite all further developments. Because, said Oliver Blume, a Porsche will still be a car in the future that you want to drive yourself.

Technical data

Porsche Taycan Turbo Turbo
Basic price 149,158 €
External dimensions 4963 x 1966 x 1381 mm
Luggage compartment volume 450 l
Top speed 260 km /h
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