A new leaping steed to take on Tesla
The company’s first all-electric model will be known as the Porsche Taycan when it enters production next year.
According to Porsche, Taycan is a Eurasian name that roughly translates to “lively young horse”, and is a reference to the “leaping steed” on the company’s badge.
The Taycan name was announced overnight during an event to celebrate Porsche’s “70 years of sports cars”.
Porsche says the Taycan will feature two electric motors generating a total of over 440kW of power. The new sedan promises to race from 0-100km/h in under 3.5 seconds, and hit 200km/h within 12 seconds. Range will reportedly be over 500km under the NEDC testing scheme.
The first Mission E concept (above) was unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show, and was subsequently approved for production later that year. An elevated wagon version, the Mission E Cross Turismo concept, was revealed at the 2018 Geneva show.
Porsche has expanded its factory in Zuffenhausen to produce the Taycan. Earlier this year it confirmed it will double its spending on electric vehicle projects to €6 billion ($9.3 billion) until 2022, including an extra €500 million developing variants based on the Taycan.