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2019 Porsche Taycan: what we know so far

By Chris Thompson and Georg Kacher, 27 Jun 2018 News

2020 Porsche Taycan what we know news

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The Porsche Mission E, or 2019 Porsche Taycan as we now know it, is coming sooner than its futuristic design would suggest.

The 445kW+ (or 600bhp) all-electric supercar will be on sale as early as mid-next year in some parts of the globe though there are no confirmed expectations for its Aussie arrival.

In fact, MOTOR’s European editor Georg Kacher tells us there are already over 100 prototypes racking up test miles on all five continents.

According to a source from the Weissach think tank, Porsche is preparing three different Taycan versions badged Carrera, Carrera S, and Turbo.

The rear motor will deliver 240kW and 340Nm in the Carrera, while a performance unit good for 320kW and 550Nm will be found in the oddly-named Turbo.

The Turbo features a 90kWh battery and a combined power output of more than 445kW.

The motor which drives the front wheels via a single-speed transmission delivers 160kW at 16,000rpm and a maximum torque of 300Nm, but under 'full boost' 440Nm is available.

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According to intelligence gathered over time, only the Carrera version is rear-wheel drive.

Despite a substantial kerb weight of 2150kg, the Taycan can allegedly accelerate in under 3.5sec from 0-100km/h, and to 200km/h in under 12sec.

The still-unofficial top speed is in the area of 265mph. A simulation lap of the Nordschleife suggests a time of under eight minutes.

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Interestingly, Porsche is installing a new assembly hall in its Zuffenhausen plant which can put together 20,000 Taycans a year.

Step two involves Karmann in Osnabrück which will be converted to add another 20,000 units. Step three sees the new BEV range share the assembly line with the next-generation 911.

Porsche says the Taycan will have a maximum range of 500km, and will charge enough to cover 100km in just 4 minutes. Peak current is 300A, the state of tension ranges from 400-920V.

Stay tuned as we learn more about the Porsche Taycan closer to its release date.

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