The Launch Control is one of the many other things that Porsche is offering on the 2021 Taycan update

Porsche has updated the Taycan for the 2021 model year and announced a bunch of changes. The update includes new exterior shades, convenient charging, flexible convenience upgrades, a better head-up display, and so on. The most noteworthy change on the list, however, is the upgraded Launch Control. Launch Control has made the Taycan even quicker, and it takes the Taycan one step ahead against Tesla’s Cheetah Stance. How about that!

The Cheetah Stance Rival

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Barely a week after Car and Driver tested the Model S’ Cheetah Stance and concluded that it has reduced the gap between Model S and the Taycan in terms of performance, Porsche announces this upgrade that separates them yet again.

The Stuttgart-based automaker revealed that with Launch Control, the Taycan EV takes just 9.6 seconds to sprint to 124 mph from a standstill, thus shaving off two-tenths of a second from the previous time.

Even the quarter-mile sprint is undercut by 0.1 seconds, beating its previous record of 10.8 seconds.

Lots Of New Stuff In The Battery and Charging Department

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A new 22 kW onboard AC Charger will be offered as a piece of optional equipment.

Although it reduces the charge time by half compared to the standard 11 kW charger, it isn’t exactly a wise choice in the long run.

Tesla had introduced a 22 kW charger but it wasn’t met with a positive response. The power draw is double, and even though it takes half the time to charge, EV owners perhaps prefer a slow draw 11 kW charger which suits better with overnight charging.

What’s interesting in this department is the new Plug and Charge concept. This automated process will allow owners to plug in their cars and let the system handle all the authentication and payments. Porsche says, “Taycan drivers merely have to plug in the charging cable and charging is underway. Authentication data is saved in the vehicle. As a result, the charging station automatically identifies the connected vehicle. ISO standard 15118 ensures that the communication between infrastructure and the vehicle is tamper-proof. Payments are also processed automatically.” You can plug in your car without an app or a card. Now, that’s pretty cool.

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The Taycan will also come with a Battery Preservation function that can regulate the capacity at certain points, like DC fast-charging stations. If you plan to make a long stop, you can choose to regulate and reduce the charging capacity, which in turn extends the battery’s service life. This regulation can be done via the car’s infotainment screen.

New Exterior and Interior Colors Will Be Introduced

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The 2021 Taycan will be offered with seven exterior shades, which include:

  • Mahogany Metallic
  • Frozenberry Metallic
  • Cherry Metallic
  • Coffee Beige Metallic
  • Chalk
  • Neptune Blue
  • Ice Grey Metallic
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New interior color options are also added to the mix:

  • A Black/Limestone Beige standard interior
  • Blackberry and Blackberry/Slate Grey Leather interior
  • Graphite Blue/Slate Grey Race-Tex interior
  • Basalt Black/Meranti Brown OLEA Club Leather interior

Apart from this, the Carbon Sport Design Package that was offered as standard on the Taycan Turbo S will now be available on all trims. It includes carbon-fiber accents and trims all around the body.

You Can Buy Features Even After The Vehicle Purchase

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Porsche has introduced more features in the ‘Function on Demand’ service. This allows you to opt for certain features even after you’ve purchased your Taycan. Porsche Intelligent Range Manager was already available, and now the automaker has included the Active Lane Keep Assist and Porsche InnoDrive as well. These functions can either be purchased permanently, or you can subscribe to them on a monthly basis.

Opting for them once-in-for-all sounds economical, but paying for the features only when you use them makes sense, too. People who want to try it out first or the ones who barely take it on highways and don’t need these features regularly can opt for the monthly subscriptions. We’ll have to see how they’re priced in the U.S. and then you can take a call as to what would be more cost-effective for you.

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For the uninitiated, Porsche InnoDrive basically helps adapt the speed of the vehicle to the conditions ahead, with specific consideration for speed limits, turns, traffic circles, and situations where you have to yield or stop.

New Head-up Display and Chassis Function

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Porsche is offering a new color head-up display and a Smartlift function. The latter is a program where the Taycan can raise or lower itself at recurring locations. It isn’t very clear if this is GPS-based or you need to punch in the location and pre-program it. It works on models with air adaptive suspension. Corvette introduced a similar function in the C8. The front-axle lift-system would work automatically through GPS and remembers up to 1,000 locations. For down-to-earth cars (quite literally), this is a boon.

Final Thoughts

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The 2021 Taycan comes with a host of new features and they are more than welcome. Although most of them are optional, we hope the automaker doesn’t hike the prices. The Taycan is an expensive offering already and no one wants it to get any dearer. Bookings for the 2021 Porsche Taycan will open from next month and the cars will arrive at the dealerships early next year. What do you have to say about these updates? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Additional innovations include vehicle functions that can be flexibly booked online (Functions on Demand, FoD), a head-up display in colour and an on-board charger with a charging capacity of up to 22 kW. In future, the adaptive air suspension will feature a Smartlift function.

The acceleration values of the Taycan Turbo S (Taycan Turbo S: Electricity consumption combined 26.9 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 0 g/km (as of 08/2020)) have also been improved. With Launch Control, it now sprints from zero to 200 km/h in 9.6 seconds, thus undercutting the previous time by 0.2 seconds. It covers the quarter-mile in 10.7 seconds (previously 10.8 seconds). As before, the Taycan proves its performance capability multiple times in succession without any drop in performance, which is typical of a sports car.

Intuitive display system and intelligent chassis
A head-up display in colour is now optionally available. This projects relevant information directly into the driver’s field of vision. The display has been divided into the main display section, status section and a section to show temporary content, such as calls or voice control commands. A navigation display, power meter and a user-defined view can also be selected as pre-sets.

Thanks to the new Smartlift function, installed as standard in conjunction with adaptive air suspension, the Taycan can be programmed so that it is automatically raised in certain, recurring sections, for instance at speed bumps or on garage driveways. The Smartlift function can also actively influence the vehicle’s driving height on motorway journeys by adjusting the vehicle’s level to the best possible compromise between efficiency and driving comfort.

An on-board AC charger delivering 22 kW is now also available as new optional equipment. With this unit, the battery charges in around half the time it takes the standard 11-kW charger with alternating current. This option will be available at the end of this year.

Flexible upgrades after purchase with Functions on Demand (FoD)
Thanks to FoD, Taycan drivers can purchase various convenience and assist functions as required. What makes this approach special is that it also works after having made the purchase and for the sports car’s original configuration. Thanks to online, over-the-air updates it is not necessary to visit a workshop. The Porsche Intelligent Range Manager (PIRM) is already available as an FoD. Power Steering Plus, Active Lane Keep Assist and Porsche InnoDrive will now be added as further FoD functions.

Taycan, 2020, Porsche AG
Active Lane Keep Assist keeps the vehicle in the centre of the lane with continuous steering intervention – also in congested traffic
Customers can choose whether they want to purchase the respective function for their Taycan or subscribe on a monthly basis. Customers benefit from three test months if they opt for a monthly subscription. After having registered, selected the desired function(s) in the Porsche Connect Store and, providing a connection can be established, the Porsche backend sends a data package to the Taycan via the mobile phone network. Drivers are notified of the availability of such a data package by the Porsche Communication Management (PCM). Activation then takes a few minutes. A notice appears on the central display after successful activation. With the model year changeover four functions can be purchased and three are available as monthly subscriptions.

Active Lane Keep Assist keeps the vehicle in the centre of the lane with continuous steering intervention – also in congested traffic. InnoDrive individually adapts the speed to the conditions ahead, such as speed limits, bends, roundabouts, situations where you have to give way or stop, all in typical sports car fashion. Both functions are available for a fee of 19.50 euro per month or 808.10 euro each as a purchase option.

Taycan Turbo, 2020, Porsche AG
InnoDrive individually adapts the speed to the conditions ahead, such as speed limits, bends, roundabouts, situations where you have to give way or stop, all in typical sports car fashion
With active route guidance, Porsche Intelligent Range Manager (PIRM) operates in the background, optimising all system parameters to achieve the highest levels of comfort and shortest travelling time. This feature costs 10.72 euro a month or is available at a one-off fee of 398.69 euro.

Power Steering Plus operates on the basis of the vehicle’s speed. It reacts directly and accurately at high speeds and provides stronger steering support at lower speeds. This Function on Demand is available at a one-off fee of 320.71 euro. It is not available as a monthly option. All prices are recommended retail prices for Germany including 16 percent VAT.

Taycan, 2020, Porsche AG
Power Steering Plus operates on the basis of the vehicle’s speed. It reacts directly and accurately at high speeds and provides stronger steering support at lower speeds
Even more convenient charging
Charging while preserving the battery is a further new function. It can restrict the charging capacity at suitable charging points (e.g. Ionity high-power charging stations) to around 200 kW, when customers are planning to take a longer break from driving.

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This extends the battery’s service life and reduces the overall power loss. Drivers can select the charging while preserving the battery function on the central display. Of course, if customers choose not to use this option, a charging capacity of up to 270 kW remains available at 800-volt high-power charging stations.

Additional, new, intelligent charging functions are available in conjunction with Mobile Charger Connect and Home Energy Manager. These include the power guard function, which is now capable of preventing an overload of the domestic connection, regardless of the phase, as well as optimised charging with energy produced domestically. Use this function to charge the Taycan using solar energy generated domestically as part of a targeted process. Once the freely configurable, minimum battery charge level has been reached, the system consumes only solar energy that is not used by the building.

Plug & Charge simplifies charging: Taycan drivers merely have to plug in the charging cable and charging is underway. Authentication data is saved in the vehicle. As a result, the charging station automatically identifies the connected vehicle. ISO standard 15118 ensures that the communication between infrastructure and the vehicle is tamper-proof. Payments are also processed automatically. Plug & Charge is already operational at Ionity charging stations in Germany, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Italy and the Czech Republic. Twelve more European countries will follow at the start of 2021. In the US and Canada, Plug & Charge will also be available from Electrify America and Electrify Canada at many charging points as of the start of 2021.

Taycan 4S, 2020, Porsche AG
The Taycan establishes an encrypted communication link to Plug & Charge-compatible charging stations as soon as the charging cable has been connected, starting the charging process automatically
Greater choice of colours
The 2021 model year offers a selection of seven new exterior paintwork colours: Mahogany Metallic, Frozenberry Metallic, Cherry Metallic, Coffee Beige Metallic, Chalk, Neptune Blue and Ice Grey Metallic.

The Carbon Sport Design package is available for all Taycan versions. It includes elements such as carbon-fibre inserts in the bottom of the front section and in the side sill trims, as well as carbon-fibre fins on the rear diffuser.

Digital Radio now as standard. Digitally broadcast radio stations in DAB, DAB+ and DMB audio formats offer significantly better sound quality. Porsche has also enhanced the standard equipment in terms of connectivity. Apple® podcasts can now be selected as an individual media source.

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The comprehensively updated electric sports car will be available to order from mid-September and be at Porsche Centres from mid-October.

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