This year's Goodwood Festival of Speed gave the UK its first view of the pioneering new Taycan – the very first fully electric car from Porsche.
This is a massive step forward for Porsche. The result of over five years' work, which has cost the company over $1bn. According to Porsche, Taycan is pronounced 'tye-carn' and means 'soul of a spirited young horse'. The horse referring to the iconic Porsche crest, while soul and spirit embody the personality of this stunning new car.
"Our new electric sports car is athletic and performance oriented; a car that persistently surpasses boundaries, and represents freedom," explains Oliver Blume, CEO of Porsche AG.
Check out this electric four-door’s seriously impressive specs. The electric equivalent of 600 horsepower. 0-to-60 mph in under 3.5 seconds. Only 12 seconds to hit 124mph. And a top speed of 155mph. It's also beautifully designed, and as elegant as you'd expect from this celebrated marque.
Mark Webber, the former Formula 1 driver, who won the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2015 as a Porsche works driver, and has been a Porsche brand ambassador since November 2016. He took the Taycan on its first run, and reported that "The Taycan’s power delivery is awesome. It's amazing how it accelerates off the start and out of the corners."
What does it feel like to drive?
Don't be deterred by the idea that EVs aren't real sports cars. According to Curtis Moldric, online editor of Car Magazine, the Taycan handles like a traditional Porsche, and its acceleration is 'relentless and seamless'. He puts this down to the car's constant torque and lack of shifts.
The driver's seating position is the same as in the Porsche 911, while its centre of gravity is actually lower than the 911's, thanks to the Taycan's battery position platform.
Can an electric car really feel like a true Porsche?
Rallymeister Walter Röhrl test drove the pre-production Taycan. His verdict? “Blindfolded, I would still know immediately that I was sitting in a Porsche. The weight and the feel of the steering – and even the brakes – they’re all right on the money. And that’s what a Porsche should be all about.”
How long does it take to charge, and how far can it travel?
As a result of Porsche IONITY which offers 350 kW charging, the Taycan charges extremely quickly. Just four minutes will provide enough power for up to 62 miles. A full charge gives the car a range of 310 miles (measured according to NEDC tests).
Porsche believes that the Taycan's greatest advantage is its ability to reproduce performance over and over again – unlike its rivals. According to the Taycan’s chief engineer, Stefan Weckbach, “We wanted the Taycan to be a true Porsche. That means it must be a maximum performer under every circumstance for as long as the driver demands it.”
How can I try a Taycan for myself?
The motoring world is already buzzing with expectation. More than 30,000 people have already registered their interest in this ground-breaking car. Don’t miss out. Register your interest now and we'll keep you up-to-date on the Taycan debut at our Dick Lovett Porsche centres in Bristol, Cardiff, Swindon and Tewkesbury.
Live broadcasting of the world premiere of the brand new Porsche Taycan.
The live stream of the event will start on Wednesday, 4th September, at 2pm (BST) with host Mark Webber.