The world’s first all-electric Porsche is nearly here!

As the automotive industry gears up for a full-blown EV onslaught over the next decade, Porsche is confidently stepping into the space with the new 2020 Porsche Taycan sport sedan. As if it weren’t obvious, the Taycan is a critical development for the Stuttgart brand as it looks to explore what it means to offer Porsche-style performance without the dinosaur juice. We’re currently about six months away from the Taycan’s official debut, but we’re still getting a few tasty tidbits to sate our appetite before the final sheet pull. The latest is an official update from Porsche as the Taycan enters the final round of pre-production testing.

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To accompany the update, Porsche also provided the above-featured video. Clocking in at just under a minute in length, the video features long shots of the Porsche Taycan testing in a variety of harsh environments, including sandy deserts and snowy forests. Throughout the video, the Taycan is featured in a camo-clad body, which makes it a little difficult to parse out what the final design will be. However, we still get a good idea of how the Taycan will look when cruising, or when it’s spinning its tires and getting sideways.

Porsche says the Taycan’s test program has spanned some 30 countries to help the company iron out any lingering issues. Indeed, pitting the Taycan against a variety of ambient temperatures and environmental factors is particularly important for this model, as both can dramatically affect the performance of the Taycan’s battery performance, both in terms of on-road driving and during stints at the plug.

The Porsche Taycan Enters Final Round of Testing as Production Nears
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“After carrying out computer simulations and comprehensive bench tests early on, we have now reached the final phase of this demanding test program,” said Steffan Weckbach, vice president of the Taycan model line. “Before the Taycan is launched on the market at the end of the year, we will have covered approximately six million kilometers across the globe.”

Of course, the Taycan wouldn’t be a Porsche if it didn’t find its way to the race track. In that sense, Stuttgart assures us that Taycan will be a “true Porsche.”

According to the attached press release, the Taycan was tested on the Nürburgring using in-depth digital simulations, which helped Porsche refine the Taycan’s body design, powertrain, chassis, and electronics.

2020 Porsche Taycan Spyshots Exterior
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What’s more, we’ve spied Porsche running real Taycan test mules at the actual Nürburgring in the past. Apparently, Porsche is shooting for a sub-eight-minute lap time with its first EV sedan, which places it in the same ranks as the Nissan GT-R, BMW F10 M5 Competition, 997 Porsche 911 Turbo, and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S 4Matic. And that’s definitely some quick company, especially for a heavy all-electric four-door luxury car.

To help it achieve such an impressive ‘Ring time, the 2020 Porsche Taycan is expected to dole out more than 600 horsepower in its range-topping “Turbo” trim, while lower trims will make around 500 horsepower.

It’s also rumored that an entry-level model will drop on an unspecified date after the range-topper with 400 horsepower under the hood.

Properly motivated, the Taycan should hit 62 mph in “significantly less than” 3.5 seconds. Range-per-charge will be about 311 miles in the NDEC test, and an 800-volt architecture and lithium-ion battery pack will provide the juice.

The Porsche Taycan Enters Final Round of Testing as Production Nears
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Apparently, this setup will also accumulate some 62 miles of range in four minutes. Meanwhile, Tesla’s current Supercharger network can provide 170 miles in 30 minutes, or about 23 miles in four minutes. Tesla also promises to roll out the next upgrade for its charger systems this year, which can charge at 1,000 miles per hour, which divides into 66 miles in four minutes - about on par with Porsche’s claimed charge times.

Of course, Tesla also has a rather extensive network of Superchargers, with some 1,441 stations and 12,888 plugs spread across North America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. With that in mind, we’ll have to see how Porsche plans on one-upping the California brand when it comes to recharging convenience. For now, Tesla seems to have the advantage on that front, which is hugely important in this segment.

2020 Porsche Taycan Spyshots Exterior
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On the other hand, Porsche will likely be the go-to if handling performance is what you want from your EV. The company has all kinds of tech to make their vehicles carve corners like they’re on rails. Granted, the Taycan is expected to be quite heavy, tipping the scales at a little under 5,000 pounds, but even so, most EVs are pavement-pounding heavyweights, and Porsche has plenty of experience managing excess heft. The Panamera and Cayenne are two good examples of that.

The Porsche E Cross Turismo Concept Will Become the Production Version of the Taycan SUV Exterior Exclusive Renderings Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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Note: 2020 Porsche Taycan CUV rendering pictured here.
Regardless, the Taycan will have a number of follow-up models, including a go-faster Taycan GTS model, a wagonized Taycan Sport Turismo, and everyone’s favorite, a Taycan compact utility vehicle (CUV).

Outside, expect the Taycan to come with some very Panamera-esque styling, with the the final production version diverging a good deal from the aesthetic laid out by the previous Mission E concept.

Look for the 2020 Porsche Taycan to launch this September. Porsche boasts that it already has “20,000 serious prospective buyers” with a down payment on the as-of-yet-unreleased sports sedan. Pricing will start at roughly $90,000 for the base model and $130,000 for the top-trim Turbo model. When it finally drops, the Taycan will compete directly with the Tesla Model S.

Further Reading

2020 Porsche Taycan Exterior Spyshots
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Read our full review on the 2020 Porsche Taycan.

The Porsche E Cross Turismo Concept Will Become the Production Version of the Taycan SUV Exterior Exclusive Renderings Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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Read our full review on the 2020 Porsche Taycan CUV.

2020 Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo
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Read our full speculative review on the 2020 Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo.

2021 Porsche Taycan GTS Computer Renderings and Photoshop Exclusive Renderings Exterior
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Read our full speculative review on the 2021 Porsche Taycan GTS.

2018 Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo Concept Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo Concept.

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Read our full review on the 2015 Porsche Mission E Concept.

In Scandinavia, just a few kilometres away from the Arctic Circle, it is proving its potential in terms of driving dynamics on snow and ice. At the same time, Porsche engineers are taking advantage of the summer in the Southern Hemisphere. In South Africa, they are conducting performance tests, as well as final adjustments in terms of continuous performance and reproducibility. In Dubai they are carrying out hot-climate endurance runs and testing battery charging under extreme conditions. The 30 countries across the globe in which these comprehensive tests are being carried out have temperatures that range from minus 35 to plus 50 degree Celsius.

Testing of the new Taycan
Taycan, test drive, Sweden, 2019, Porsche AG
Taycan, test drive, Sweden, 2019, Porsche AG
Taycan, test drive, Sweden, 2019, Porsche AG
Taycan, test drive, Sweden, 2019, Porsche AG
Taycan, test drive, Dubai, 2019, Porsche AG
Taycan, test drive, Dubai, 2019, Porsche AG
Taycan, test drive, South Africa, 2019, Porsche AG
Taycan, test drive, South Africa, 2019, Porsche AG
Taycan, test drive, Sweden, 2019, Porsche AG
Taycan, test drive, Sweden, 2019, Porsche AG
Taycan, test drive, Sweden, 2019, Porsche AG
Taycan, test drive, Sweden, 2019, Porsche AG
“After carrying out computer simulations and comprehensive bench tests early on, we have now reached the final phase of this demanding testing programme,” underlines the vice president of the model line, Stefan Weckbach: “Before the Taycan is launched on the market at the end of the year, we will have covered approximately six million kilometres across the globe. We are already very happy with the current status of the vehicles. The Taycan is going to be a true Porsche.”

Of course, at Porsche, electric cars have to undergo the same rigorous testing programme as sport cars with combustion engines. In addition to displaying superior performance, this always includes proving unrestricted suitability for everyday use in all climate conditions. Particularly demanding features such as charging the battery or temperature control of the drive train and the interior under extreme conditions are additional aspects in the battery-powered models. Other typical Porsche development targets include circuit performance, multiple accelerations, as well as a range suitable for everyday use.

Facts from the Taycan testing phase
Overall distance covered: Approximately six million kilometres, of which two million were endurance run kilometres

Countries: A total of 30, including the USA, China, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Finland

Temperatures: From minus 35 to plus 50 degree Celsius

Air humidity: From 20 to 100 per cent

Altitude: From 85 metres below to 3,000 metres above sea level

Charging cycles: Over 100,000 using various charging technologies across the globe

Development team: Around 1,000 test drivers, technicians and engineers

Virtual drive through “The Green Hell”
Test experts were able to build upon the comprehensive findings from the digital testing stage using digital prototypes. At present, computers are used to design the body, drive, chassis, electronics and overall vehicle of a new model and to simulate their functions – which includes how they work together. In total, the virtual prototypes of the Taycan have completed more than ten million digital kilometres.

This meant that development engineers started driving a Taycan around the Nürburgring Nordschleife in a driving simulator at an early stage, so that they could test and evaluate its circuit performance. During this process, they focused on the electrical energy management, which plays an important role in achieving a sub-eight-minute lap time on the 20.6-kilometre (timed distance) Nordschleife.

Already more than 20,000 prospective buyers
The Porsche Taycan will be introduced in September and will be launched onto the market at the end of the year. Across the globe, there are already more than 20,000 serious prospective buyers. The potential customers have put their names down on an option programme list and made a down payment.

The Taycan accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in significantly less than 3.5 seconds. It has a range of more than 500 kilometres (according to the NEDC). The 800-V architecture in the vehicle guarantees that the lithium-ion battery can be recharged in just four minutes, providing enough energy to drive 100 kilometres (according to NEDC).

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