The all-new electric car managed a 400-mile road trip with consummate ease.
This week, Porsche finally presented the Taycan to the world, the German automaker's first-ever fully electric model. And it's safe to say it lived up to expectations, with its sleek design, impressive performance, and high-tech interior. Unfortunately, the Taycan's EPA range hasn't been confirmed yet, but Porsche has revealed how the Taycan performed during recent real-world testing.
After the reveal event, Porsche paraded the Taycan Turbo around New York as part of a 408-mile road trip from Niagara Falls. This was also the first time a production version of the electric sports car had been shown undisguised to the public out on the streets. The journey took place in real-world conditions, which meant the Taycan had to endure real world challenges such as sun, rain and traffic.
According to Porsche, the Taycan Turbo had 39 miles of range remaining after covering a distance of 250 miles, meaning it has a range of under 290 miles. This falls short of the Tesla Model S, which offers an EPA-rated range of 345 miles. However, the Taycan makes up for this with its lightning-fast charge times.
During the 408-mile journey, the Taycan stopped off once for a top-up charge using one of the Electrify America charging stations located at Bloomsburg, PA. A brief charge brought the battery up from 14 percent to 85 percent in just 24 minutes, enabling the Taycan to complete the remaining 158-mile journey into New York City for the first time.
"It's fantastic to see the Taycan take to the road in its final form for the first time, and to demonstrate its ability to cover big miles in complete comfort," said Stefan Weckbach, Vice President Product Line, Taycan. "Of course, many owners will use their Taycan the way a Porsche is designed to be used - to be driven hard. The car is more than up to this challenge. At the moment, this is the one and only Taycan undisguised and on the road in the US. I can't wait for it to reach customer's hands and for many more to hit the roads around the world."
Customer deliveries for the Taycan will begin in December, with the Turbo model starting at $153,310 and the Turbo S model starting at $187,610. Two electric motors generate 670-hp in the Turbo, while the range-topping Turbo S has up to 750 hp on tap.