Porsche has big plans for 'expanding the Taycan story'
The Porsche Taycan - Porsche's first-ever attempt at a battery-electric vehicle - is an impressive newcomer to the segment, but that doesn't mean the German sportscar manufacturer is content to just run out the clock over the course of its product cycle. Dr. Stefan Weckbach, the VP in charge of the model line, indicated recently that the automaker has "a few more arrows in the quiver" when it comes to "expanding the Taycan story."
But Dr. Weckbach and Porsche are playing it close to the chest when it comes to what's next for the Porsche Taycan, and how they might one-up themselves on the range-topping Taycan Turbo S.
The top-performing Turbo S variant of the new Porsche Taycan puts out as much as 750 peak horsepower - enough for a 2.4-second sprint to 60 mph - and yet it was the non-S Porsche Taycan Turbo that the automaker took to the Nürburgring, setting a 7:42 lap time. That's a record for four-door pure-electric vehicles.
As impressive as that is, it's far from the best Porsche's electric propulsion tech can muster, and last month, a Porsche engineer admitted that the company's EV powertrain technology is much more advanced than what landed in the Taycan.
However, Dr. Weckbach says it's still "too early to talk about" how the Taycan model line might change, and the next chapter for the Taycan is expected to be something entirely more practical and pedestrian than a new higher-performing variant: a capacious electric wagon dubbed the "Taycan Cross Turismo". Not much is known about the forthcoming wagon model line, which debuted in concept form at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show ahead of an anticipated 2021 debut, although it's of course expected to share its powertrain with the existing Taycan.
Beyond the Taycan Cross Turismo, will we see further additions to the Taycan lineup - and especially a new high-performance range topper? We sure hope so.