Porsche Just One-Upped Tesla’s Cheetah Mode With the Taycan’s Launch Control
The Launch Control is one of the many other things that Porsche is offering on the 2021 Taycan updateby Sidd Dhimaan, on LISTEN 05:58
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
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
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.
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
The 2021 Taycan will be offered with seven exterior shades, which include:
- Mahogany Metallic
- Frozenberry Metallic
- Cherry Metallic
- Coffee Beige Metallic
- Neptune Blue
- Ice Grey Metallic
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
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.
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
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.
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.