Porsche Taycan to hit Australian shores late 2020

Car manufacturers Porsche have made a much-publicized push into the electric vehicle (EV) market with the announcement of the all-electric Taycan model to hit Australian roads in late 2020.

The all new Porsche has made an emphatic entrance onto the EV scene, clocking the fastest time around the Nurburgring track by a four-door electric car, completing a lap of the famous circuit in 7:42 minutes.

The Taycan comes equipped with a range of new features that have only been seen few times before in EVs.

Porsche has introduced advanced regenerative technology that allows the Taycan to regenerate up to 265kW of power, meaning the vehicle has the ability to decelerate at 3.8m/s/s. The benefit to this is that 90% of the vehicle’s deceleration will come from regeneration which allows the brakes to last longer (Porsche will now prescribe a pad change every six years to accommodate their lack of use). The Taycan won’t enter regeneration mode unless the brake has been applied, unlike other cars where the mode is activated as soon as the driver lets off the throttle.

Another feature that will appeal to those living life in the fast lane is the lack of power degradation.

A common issue that has plagued EVs to this point is that the power applied by hitting the throttle will deteriorate over numerous pushes of the pedal. So, the car might start out full of speed and power, but after a few successive hits of the throttle, a decline in performance will be felt.

Porsche has seemingly overcome this problem with intelligent thermal management.

Recent tests of the Taycan saw the vehicle perform 26 consecutive runs of 0-200km/h in quick succession. The difference in times between the fastest and the slowest attempts was just 0.8 seconds, showing the ability of the Taycan to continuously pump out maximal power.

The Taycan will also be the first production vehicle to utilize 800V charging infrastructure. This means it will be able to achieve 5-80% of charge rate in 22.5 minutes at 270kW.

Despite all the hype surrounding the Taycan, the car will not hit Australian shores until late 2020, with pricing being announced early next year.

The Taycan will initially be available in two options, the Turbo and the Turbo S models.

The Turbo S model accelerates from 0-100km/h in 2.8 seconds, 0-160km/h in 6.3 seconds and 0-200km/h in 9.8 seconds. It offers 560kW of power and 1050N of torque.

The Turbo model provides acceleration of 0-100km/h in 3.2 seconds, 0-160km/h in 6.9 seconds and 0-200km/h in 10.6 seconds with 500kW of power and 850N of torque.

To match the acceleration, the Taycan comes with carbon-ceramic (420mm) brake rotors with 10-piston calipers at the front and 410mm rotors with four-piston calipers at the rear.

Alternatively, a set of steel brakes are also available with 10-piston calipers at the front with 415mm rotors, and 4-piston 365mm rotors at the rear.

You can read more about the Taycan here.

Original source: Caradvice | 2020 Porsche Taycan: Five things to know

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