Porsche has been teasing us about its upcoming Taycan EV prior to it even being introduced as the Mission E concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015, but this all-electric four-door sport sedan’s camouflage is closer to being completely removed than ever before.
In fact, the Taycan is currently on a worldwide Triple Demo Run that was initiated on the handling track at the Porsche Experience Centre (PEC) in Shanghai, China on July 1st; just left England’s Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 8th; and will soon arrive at the season finale of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in New York on July 13th.
Li Chao, a Porsche Carrera Cup Asia driver, took to the 1.4-km Shanghai racecourse in a near production-ready Taycan adorned with special green and red dragon rooftop graphics overtop a black painted body, which was the most exposed the road-ready version had ever been up to this point.
“The exceptional performance typical for Porsche was a clear development objective for the Taycan. You can sense that right from the start,” said Li Chao, who was especially impressed by the car’s handling. “From uncompromisingly sporty to surprisingly comfortable, the chassis of the new Taycan covers a wide range and successfully combines the precise handling of a sports car and the long-distance comfort of a saloon. In addition to its low centre of gravity, the rear-axle steering also plays a crucial role. The Taycan steers into corners very directly and has plenty of grip.”
Thanks to an innovative quick-charging 800-volt architecture and 90-kWh lithium-ion battery, the 592 horsepower (600 PS) Taycan has a top speed of more than 250 km/h, but at least as impressive, the new four-seat sport sedan can sprint from standstill to 100 km/h in less than 3.5 seconds, before arriving at 200 km/h in under 12 seconds.]
Videos (below) of the Taycan in Shanghai, as well as one showing a Union Jack emblazoned version dash up the Goodwood Festival of Speed “Hill Run,” make the new model’s rapid acceleration clearly evident.
“The Taycan’s power delivery is awesome,” added multiple racing-winning ex-Formula 1 driver, plus LMP1 and Porsche 919 Hybrid World Endurance Championship (WEC) contender Mark Webber, who was behind the wheel for the Goodwood hill climb. “I took part in this event in a Porsche 911 GT2 RS two years ago, so I already knew that it all comes down to power and traction. But, even for a thoroughbred racing driver like me, it is amazing how the Taycan – even though it’s still a prototype – accelerates off the start and out of the corners.”
The upcoming New York City demo run will feature current ABB FIA Formula E Championship driver and 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans winner (while in the seat of a WEC Porsche LMP1 car) Neel Jani behind the wheel, which is reason enough to tune in to this exciting event.
To learn more about the all-electric 2020 Porsche Taycan four-door coupe, contact Porsche Centre Vancouver by phone at (604) 736-7911 or drop by our showroom in person at 688 Terminal Ave, Vancouver.
And remember to check out the following videos that show the new 2020 Porsche Taycan in action:
Kicking off in China: the Porsche Taycan prototype visits Shanghai (1:00):
Porsche Taycan prototype visits Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019 (1:41):
Hey Porsche, watch this video. Love, Electricity (1:03):
Story credits: Trevor Hofmann
Photo credits: Porsche
Date Posted: July 10, 2019