Elon Musk and Jalopnik Trade Blows on Twitter Over the Taycan’s Name and We Agree With Elon on This One
The 2020 Porsche Taycan is the hot topic of the hour in the automotive world. But while most enthusiasts praise its design and compare its performance to other EVs on the market, some point out that Porsche is using the "Turbo" badge inappropriately. Tesla boss Elon Musk is among those who believe that the range-topping Taycan shouldn’t be wearing the Turbo nameplate and was quick to tweet about it. It didn’t take long for the entire thing to blow up with replies that Tesla is misusing the Autopilot name, but we think that Musk has a good point.
Porsche Taycan Walkaround - Your First Real Look at the Interior
After what seemed like an eternity waiting for the production version of the Mission-E Concept, Porsche finally pulled the covers off of the Taycan, the German automaker’s first-ever production all-electric vehicle. To add to the surprise, Porsche introduced not one, but two versions of the Taycan with the all-too-familiar Turbo and Turbo S nomenclature. Confused? There’s a reason for the use of the names, or at least Porsche says so. In any event, the Taycan is here, and among its most intriguing features, apart from its all-electric powertrain, is its interior. It’s the first time we’re getting a good, clean look at the Taycan’s interior, and as you can imagine, it’s a very Porsche-like interior. It’s clean yet sophisticated, luxurious yet functional. There are some issues with space, but for the most part, sitting inside gives you the feeling that you’re sitting inside a Porsche. That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?
Tesla Model 3 Owners Had a Very Nice Labor Day Gift from Tesla This Year
Tesla loves giving surprises. They are always on the lookout for new ways to keep the customers excited and looking forward to new adventures. On Labor Day, the company decided to astonish the owners once again. How, you ask? By locking them out of their cars! Many owners were left stranded outside their cars when Tesla’s Phone Key app experienced failure for a brief period. Looks like Tesla took the Labor Day off to the next level. But, let’s cut them some slack and leave them ‘Elon’. The company was enjoying Labor Day, too!
Porsche’s Latest Stunt With the Taycan Is Marketing Gone Wrong
It was November 2006 when a Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI pulled the 155-ton Boeing 747 for 150 meters at 5 mph. Since then, it seems, car manufacturers all around the world look to put their cars through some bizarre challenges for PR reasons. And it works. Everyone watched the Ford F-150 or the Land Rover Discovery pulling a train. As one of the latest PR stunts that should demonstrate the prowess of the new vehicle, Porsche released its new Taycan on the deck of an old U.S. Navy aircraft carrier. There, the Taycan managed to accelerate to 90.58 mph and stop before running out of the 869-feet deck.
Porsche Revealed The Taycan And It Is An Electric Game Changer
The global reveal of the new Porsche Taycan, held at three different locations - at Niagara Falls, a solar farm in Neuhardenberg near Berlin, and the wind farm on Pingtan Island - represents the pivotal point for the company that embarked on a whole new automotive pilgrimage.
The new Porsche Taycan, spectacularly revealed by former Formula 1 driver Mark Webber, has two electric motors with a combined power output of 761 horsepower, a four-wheel-drive system, and four doors. It is not a replacement for the Panamera or just one more cash-cow for the company, though. The new Porsche Taycan, with a 93.4 kWh battery and a range of 280 miles launches the brand into the brave new world of electric cars. Considering its low center of gravity, Porsche build-quality, and spirited performance (0-62 mph in 2.8 s), the Taycan will be a drivers sweetheart just as the first Porsche 911 became instantly when it was launched in 1963.
Watch the Live Reveal of the 2020 Porsche Taycan EV Right Here!
The new Porsche Taycan is one of the most teased and highly-anticipated debuts of 2019. So Porsche fan or not, you’ve been expecting this moment for a while now and you can finally enjoy it through a live stream of the Taycan’s premiere.
Porsche’s first-ever all-electric sports car could represent today what the 911 meant back in the day. So, there’s no surprise that Porsche is broadcasting the model’s premiere on three continents simultaneously. Those three places are not randomly selected. In fact, Porsche is targeting its main markets, namely Europe, the U.S., and China.
In Europe, the Taycan will be revealed at a solar farm in Neuhardenberg, near Berlin. Niagara Falls will be the venue selected for the EV’s U.S. launch, while in China, the Taycan debuts at the wind farm on Pingtan Island, which sits some 150 kilometers off the city of Fuzhou, in the province of Fujian. There’s even greater symbolism to these locations that you might have expected - the solar farm represents solar power, the wind farm wind power, and the Niagara Falls - you guessed it; hydro power.
Porsche says the launch event will last for about half an hour. Former Formula 1 race driver and Porsche brand ambassador Mark Webber will host the even from Berlin. You also don’t have to worry about the language barrier, since Porsche is streaming the event in five languages - English, Mandarin, Spanish, French, and German. Once the streaming is completed, the world premiere will be available as a video on demand.
What we can tell you at this point about the Porsche Taycan is that it will feature an interior concept that’s rather new for Porsche. Gone is the multitude of buttons and in are up to five screens. Now, it might sound overwhelming, but there’s a strong logical backbone behind Porsche’s use of touchscreens inside the Taycan, so drivers and passengers won’t get confused. Moreover, the cabin has modern-twist cues reminescent of the original 911, and these do a good job in toning down the ultra-modern feel.
What Porsche’s officials also stated in the past has to do with the Taycan’s pricing, which is expected to slot between that of the Cayenne SUV and the Panamera. That means that in the U.S., the Taycan could start at around $75,000, more or less. That will be the base price, obviously, so expect heftier pricing for higher-echelon versions of the EV. If you’re looking to secure your Taycan slot, then you should know that Porsche is accepting a $2,500 deposit.
When launched, the Taycan will offer 605 electric horsepower via two permanent-magnet synchronous motors - one for each axle. The magic behind these two motors is actually derived from Le Mans, as Porsche used the know-how it acquired with the 919 LMP1 Hybrid when developing the Taycan’s powertrain; which, by the way, will also recuperate (some of) the heat energy generated during braking. Elsewhere, two battery packs are rumoured to be offered - 80 kWh and 95 kWh. Regardless of what you pick, the Taycan will offer 800-volt fast-charging capabilities, meaning that you’ll be able to replenish the range with 60 extra miles in just four minutes.
2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA 220 AMG Line - Driven
Mercedes has really improved the CLA sedan in its second generation. It looks better, it’s considerably more comfortable and it packs even more tech than before too. It’s not quite perfect, but given how sleek and fancy it looks, you won’t have troubles forgiving the few flaws that it does have.
You’ll definitely notice the all-new interior, which is basically the same as in all current compact Mercedes models. It’s such a big improvement over the so-so interior of its predecessor and higher-spec examples now feel properly posh inside - this was never the case with the first generation CLA, whose interior was lackluster by Mercedes standards, whichever way you specced it.
However, while the exterior and interior pack quite a visual punch, what’s happened under the CLA’s skin is equally significant - whereas the previous model had a jarring ride and may have felt overly-sharp to some drivers, this new CLA has a softer, slightly more relaxed edge to it. It still feels sporty, but it doesn’t punish you for it like the old car did.
My tester was a 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA 220 with the AMG Line pack and it felt really special to be in. Sure, maybe the €15,000 worth of extras it had on it helped seal the deal, but I was able to channel them out and focus on the core experience - and it was still good, still compelling and overall a solid car, even while ignoring the bells and whistles.
Photography by Andrei Nedelea
2020 Audi A5 Sportback
An all-new 2020 Audi A5 Sportback is nearing its introduction. While we are still months away from the reveal, numerous spy shots of A5 Sportback prototypes provide us with a unique glimpse into the future of the popular Audi fastback sedan.
Captured somewhere in Scandinavia earlier this year, and lately, in Germany and Spain, the 2020 Audi A5 Sportback prototype shows new light clusters in the back, new tailpipes, and even some mods on the bumpers. The car is likely to assume the technology from the latest Audi A4, and it will remain as one of the most alluring small executive sedans on the U.S. market.
2019 Rolls-Royce Ghost Zenith Collection
The Rolls-Royce Ghost has proudly carried the Spirit of Ecstasy for the better part of 10 years. It’s had an eventful and remarkable run, but like all good things, the first-generation Ghost’s time has come. Retirement beckons for Rolls’ stately sedan, but before it’s made official, Rolls-Royce is deservedly honoring the first-generation Ghost with a final special edition model called the Zenith Collection. Like all things Rolls-Royce, the Ghost Zenith Collection will be limited to just 50 units. More importantly, all 50 units are inspired by a pair of models that helped shape the Ghost in their unique ways: the 1907 Silver Ghost and the 2008 “200EX” Concept Car that ultimately served as the foundation from which the first-generation Ghost sprung to life. Rolls-Royce did not disclose the price tag of each of the 50 Ghost Zenith Collection models. That said, if you want one, you’ll need to take the initiative because, according to Rolls, “order books for this seminal Collection will close imminently.”
Someone Caught the 2020 Porsche 911 Turbo and 2020 Porsche Taycan on Camera
The 2020 Porsche 911 Turbo is expected to come later this year, but we don’t have to wait to see it. The car has been spotted doing test runs out in the open sans any clothes. The car looks super sexy in black, driving sedately behind a cement mixer. In another instance, even the Porsche Taycan was spotted from the rear roaming the streets. We get to see the huge ass taillights and turn signal in action as well. Another prototype of the Porsche Taycan was spotted sprinting with blue dressing with ‘soul electrified’ and ‘Taycan’ decals on it. Although these sightings are fun, it makes the wait seem even longer. Can we just have the cars already, Porsche?!
2019 Genesis G70 - Driven
We know and you know that if you want a compact luxury sedan without thinking twice you’ll check in at your local Audi, BMW or Mercedes-Benz dealer and ask for an offer on one of the Famous Three. But we reckon there are better options out there, cars that’ll cost you less and offer more than you could ask for at that price point while also not disappoint you in terms of performance, comfort, quality, and maintenance. Such a car is the Genesis G70, the 2019 North American Car Of The Year. We drove one powered by the 3.3-liter turbocharged engine and we think you shouldn’t jump straight to a Merc C43 or BMW M340i before taking a good close look at the G70.
The compact luxury sedan market is packed at the moment, as it always has been. The German stranglehold on the segment may seem like an unbreakable status quo and it’s not for lack of trying from the likes of Infiniti, Acura or Lexus. More recently, the Koreans also want a piece of the action and there’s some promise in what they offer: Kia’s coming forth with the Stinger that has impressed us in its top-of-the-line specification while Genesis, Hyundai’s luxury brand, launched the G70 in 2017 as its third model and a direct rival to the 3 Series, C Class, and A4. It was penned by the same guy who came up with the Stinger’s aggressive lines but the G70 is a much more traditional-looking sedan. Still, it’s not a car you would be blamed for turning around to get another look at and it’s got more tricks up its sleeve under the skin. Overall, it may not be a complete match for the offering from Stuttgart, Munich, and Ingolstadt but we think this is a car that’s perfect for the conscious buyer who’s stepping up to a luxury compact sedan.
You Can Have Up to Five Screens Inside the New Porsche Taycan
As Cartoon Network’s boy-genius Dexter would put it, 2019 was a good day for science in the car world. Chevrolet launched its first-ever mid-engine Corvette in the shape of the C8 Stingray, Audi decided to finally bring the RS6 Avant in the U.S., and Porsche is taking a major step towards a full-electric sports with the new Taycan, formerly known as Mission E. Now, as it’s customary with pretty much every debut these days, there are things we know about the Porsche Taycan and some other things Porsche is likely to keep behind closed, well, lips until the EV makes its official debut on September 4. The latest development in the things we know about the Porsche Taycan has to do with the electric sports car’s interior, which Porsche saw fit to unveil in all its digital splendor.