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Porsche Taycan Returns To The Stage For The First Time

2019 Frankfurt Motor Show / 10 Comments

Zuffenhausen makes good on the promise it made right here four years ago.

It was right here where Porsche first showcased plans for its electric future with the Mission E concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Now four years later, it's brought (at least the first stage of) those plans to fruition with the auto-show debut of the production Taycan in the same hallowed halls.

The Taycan, in case you missed the big reveal last week, is the first fully electric production automobile to come from Zuffenhausen, taking the form of a four-door sports car similar in form to the Panamera, but smaller and exclusively battery-powered.

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Though you can bet there'll be more versions to follow, Porsche is initially offering the Taycan in two specs, dubbed Turbo (pictured in blue) and Turbo S (white), despite the obvious lack of any turbochargers (or internal-combustion engine to bolt them onto).

The Taycan Turbo boasts 670 horsepower and 627 lb-ft's worth of electric power to scurry from a standstill to 60 mph in just 3.0 seconds flat, while the Turbo S improves those figures to 750 hp, 774 lb-ft, and 2.6 seconds. Both will top out at 160 mph, given enough road (like, say, a stretch of unrestricted Autobahn).

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The EPA has yet to certify the range on either version, but on the WLTP standard in Europe, the Taycan Turbo is estimated to go for 280 miles on a charge, the Taycan Turbo S for 256 miles.

Pricing starts at $153,310 for the Taycan Turbo, and $187,610 for the Turbo S (plus the requisite $1,350 destination charge).

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