We'll have more, including a first drive of the Taycan, as soon as we get it.
The future Tesla Model S rival's J1 structure is one of three new electric auto platforms being developed within Porsche's parent company, the Volkswagen Group. The name can be roughly translated as "lively young horse", referencing the imagery at the heart of the Porsche crest, which has featured a leaping steed since 1952. "It's a vehicle that can consistently cover long distances and that epitomizes freedom". Unlike a horse, the vehicle won't run on hay.
"Our new electric sports auto is strong and dependable; it's a vehicle that can consistently cover long distances and that epitomizes freedom", Porsche chief Oliver Blume said in a statement. But it will run on electricity. Porsche CEO Oliver Blume told us: "We will think of different options and there will be more than one, with different levels of power". The company says the auto can hit 60 mph in "well under" 3.5 seconds and 124 mph miles per in less than 12 seconds.
The Porsche Taycan will debut the company's 800-volt charging system called Porsche Turbo Charging that offers ultra-fast charging. That means the vehicle will be able to add as much as 100 km of range in as little as four minutes. That's double what it had originally planned. Of the additional three billion Euros, some 500 million Euros will be used for the development of Taycan variants and derivatives, around one billion Euros for electrification and hybridization of the existing product range, several hundred million for the expansion of production sites, and around 700 million Euros for new technologies, charging infrastructure, and smart mobility.
At the Zuffenhausen HQ, Porsche has a new paint show and dedicated paint shop for the new auto.
The central location of the batteries and twin-motor set-up will also give the car's technical architecture a better front-rear weight balance than combustion-engined cars, potentially allowing Porsche's engineers to soften the car's anti-roll bars to aid ride without hindering handling. The brand's first EV will feature 800V charging technology that is meant to future-proof the auto for several years after it hits the market.