While Porsche is putting its final touches on its first fully electric car, we now learn that the company will be naming its performance variant in the likes of its previous monikers.
In a tweet that was posted by automotive journalist Alex Roy on Wednesday, Porsche confirmed that the performance variant of the Taycan will be called as Turbo. According to the representative, the car is set to reach us by next year and will be available in three models: Taycan, Taycan 4s, and Taycan Turbo.
According to the representative, the car is set to reach us by next year and will be available in three models: Taycan, Taycan 4s, and Taycan Turbo.
If the name hints at a gas-powered iteration in the electric car’s line-up, we can expect the Taycan to be the base model, the 4S to be an all-wheel-drive model with more power and the Turbo to sport an AWD along with a significant bump in power output. Of course, the electric Taycan won’t actually have turbos but is expected to have plenty of additional power on tap.
It appears the performance version of the Porsche Taycan EV will be branded “Turbo”.
Because ICE nomenclature is how one converts customers to EV.
— Alex Roy (@AlexRoy144) December 26, 2018
Previous reports about Porsche’s first electric car suggest that at least one version of the Taycan will deliver more than 600hp and have a range upwards of 500km, and we cannot help but speculate that this would be the Taycan Turbo. The company had earlier confirmed that the 600hp version of the Taycan will lunge to the ton in 3.5 seconds and hit the 200kph mark in 12 seconds.
Back when Porsche revealed the EV’s initial specifications, all models were expected to come with an AWD initially, with a later possibility of rear wheel drive. However, the latest insights on the model suggest that rear-wheel-drive has already made it to the production lines in the 400hp version while the 4S will get AWD and 500hp. We reckon that a two-speed automatic transmission is likely to be fitted to all the models.
We speculate that all models of the Taycan will feature Porsche’s 800-volt electric system, with a capacity of 80 per cent recharge in about 15 minutes.
The tweet also unveiled the basic pricing for the Taycan and confirmed an earlier report suggesting similar pricing as the Panamera. The tweet shows the base car in the low $90,000 range, the 4S in the high $90,000 range, and the Turbo at “over $130,000.”