Porsche’s Tesla-hunting EV has scored a new moniker, with the Mission E Concept renamed the Taycan ahead of its 2019 production and on-sale date.
The name, Porsche tells us, translates to “lively young horse” in an unspecified eastern dialect, which, considering the Taycan will produce over 440kW (or 600 horsepower), seems to be underselling it ever so slightly.
It's pronounced "tyke-an", by the way, and the lively horse in question is the one that's lived on the Porsche badge for the better part of 90 years.
All that power will be generated by two electric motors - one at each axle - helping push the Taycan to 100km/h in “well under” 3.5 seconds, and to 200km/h in just 12 seconds. Better still, it’ll be able to travel more than 500 kilometres between charges, and - should you run out of juice right next to a fast charger - it can take on 100kms of range in four minutes.
A crucial marketing peg for Porsche is the fact the Taycan will maintain those brutal performance times no matter how much juice is left in the batteries, so the-four-door GT will be capable of multiple flat-footed sprints in a row - not something all EVs can claim.
“This performance is in addition to a continuous power level that is unprecedented among electric vehicles; multiple jump starts are possible in succession without loss of performance, and the vehicle’s maximum range is over 500km in accordance with the NEDC,” Porsche's offical release reads.
Porsche’s Lively Horse, first revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show, is the first vehicle in an EV and plug-in hybrid assault from the German carmaker. Porsche is investing a huge six billion Euro (approx $9b) in what it calls "electromobility" between now and 2022, with more than 500 million Euro pumped into developing the Taycan and its variants alone.
The Taycan has been confirmed for Australia, with timing and pricing yet to be detailed.
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