Porsche Taycan to launch in India on November 12
Porsche will launch its first-ever electric vehicle, the Porsche Taycan, in India on November 12. This follows the launch of its twin, the Audi e-tron GT in the country last month. The Taycan has been a global success for the Stuttgart carmaker, raking in more sales than the core 911 in the first full year of it being on sale internationally.
Porsche Taycan range, output, performance, charging
Porsche should offer the Taycan in the Turbo and the more powerful Taycan Turbo S versions. Both come with a twin-electric motor set-up, one on each axle and drawing power from a 93.4 kWh battery pack placed under the floor. The car sits on a skateboard-like EV platform developed by Porsche for the VW group and termed the J1. The power output for the Turbo is 625PS, although a 3s overboost function bumps this up to 680PS. This and the 850Nm torque figure lets the Turbo get to 100 kmph from standstill in 3.2s. The Turbo S bumps the overboost power figure up to 761PS and the torque number to 1,050 Nm. This drops the 0 to 100 kmph time to 2.8s. Both cars have the same 280 kmph top-speed. The WLTP certified range for the Turbo is 450 km which drops to 412 km for the Turbo S.
When it debuted globally, the four-door coupe is the first production EV to have a system voltage of 800V instead of the usual 400V. This lets it user get up to 100 kms of range in under five minutes via a DC fast charger. Charging from five to 80 per cent takes 22.5 minutes while users can also charge the Taycan at home via an 11 kWh AC charger. Another first is the two-speed transmission. This aids acceleration in the first gear while the long second ratio allows of better efficiency and higher power reserves. This also lets the Taycan achieve higher top speeds.
Porsche Taycan interiors
The insides of the Taycan also put a new spin on the classic Porsche look. The layout is similar to other new Porsches but most of the physical buttons and dials have been replaced by screens. The instrument cluster is 16.3-inch, curved, free-standing and with no analogue rev-counter, although the five-pod look remains. The infotainment is a similar 12.3-inch unit from other Porsches but the buttons on the central tunnel have been replaced by a screen. Both these work in conjunction to control most of the car's convenience and assistance systems. Uniquely, an optional screen is available for the front passenger too. There is a blue-tinged theme to the whole layout, and the four seats are done up using eco-friendly materials. Boot space is 366 litres for the rear and 81 litres for the front.
Porsche Taycan expected price
The Porsche Taycan should be priced at a premium over the e-tron GT, so expect prices to start from Rs 2.0 crore for the Taycan Turbo, going up to Rs 2.50 crore for the Turbo S. The Taycan's closest rival currently in India is the related Audi e-tron GT.
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