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December 16, 2019

Design Critique: Porsche Taycan

Porsche switches gears to electric.

by Wallace Wyss –

Not all of them of course. We will still have the flat six and V8 internal combustion engines and I think there’s a four in there somewhere.

But the writing is on the wall, folks: within two years Porsche says they will be selling more than 50% of their cars powered by electric motors.

Porsche Taycan

It will be faster switching over than when we had film cameras and then we had digital. That took about ten years, but Porsche is predicting 24 months for electrics to conquer 50% of all Porsche sales.

The electric sedan is rated at up to 563 horsepower (419 kilowatts), can go from a dead stop to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in under four seconds, and has traditional 911 styling.

And you can bet they will make a lotta loot on the options, for instance, the 21-inch Taycan Exclusive Design Wheels with Carbon Fiber Aeroblades cost you an additional $8,770. And as long as you’re blowing your future retirement fund, why not opt for the optional 93.4-kWh battery pack (a $6,580 premium), named the Performance Battery Plus. The Taycan 4S with this cranks out 563 horses and will go 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds, almost a second faster than the vaunted 427 Cobra. Top end is 155 mph (250 kmh).

The base Taycan 4S with the traditional 79.2-kilowatt-hour that the lithium-ion battery cranks out still produces 522 hp (389 kW0. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) predicts the Taycan could motor to 282 miles (453 kilometers) before it runs out of juice.

The price for the base model, the 2020 Porsche Taycan 4S starts at $103,800 but hey add all those options and you could zoom past $200,000. The more-zingy Turbo and Turbo S models will hit your pocketbook at $150,900 and $185,000, respectively.

TURBOS IN NAME ONLY

By the way, don’t ask where the turbo is? There ain’t any. Now if it was just me, I’d say “bait and switch” but Porsche’s argument is that they have used the Turbo and Turbo S monikers to denote the brand’s top-end models for years. So the names Turbo and Turbo S represent the model’s performance-oriented offerings. Ironically they both crank out 616 horsepower and 774 pound-feet of torque.

Porsche Taycan Design Critique

Here’s how I perceived the car design-wise.

SIDE: Good, like a stretched out four door 911. The lower down open vent might be making would be racers of race cars but to some people it looks like loose body panels. The bulging out front fender would make sense if it was a front engined car and that was a heat exhaust vent but on this car looks silly.

Manages to preserve the roofline a lot better than when Ford tried to make an electric Mustang….

Porsche Taycan

REAR: Again kudos for preserving the 911 body style, though the bottom part (containing the bumper) sticks out too far for my taste.

Porsche Taycan

FRONT: The only area, in my humble opinion, where they dropped the ball. The headlights seemed jammed into a space not wide enough, and give the nose an economy car look (Chevrolet Geo of decades ago?) There is nothing expensive looking about the front. Re-do those headlights, Porsche, there’s still time….

INTERIOR: The interior looks properly 2020, a well laid out interior though in this view I don’t see a big Tesla like screen. I don’t know if you press a button it comes up, but you’d think an electric car would be more screen-centric than an internal combustion car.

Porsche Taycan

IN SUM… It’s a good design. Nothing breakthrough but they managed to preserve the integrity of 911 proportions while changing the power source.

Porsche is being wiser than most automakers in anticipating the electric changeover revolution. They are keeping the zoomy gas-powered models but phasing in the electrics. The moment the electrics surpass the gasoline powered cars in sales, that will doom it at Porsche AG for gasoline powered development. Detroit automakers should learn from this, there should be an electric Corvette by 2022.

Porsche Taycan

Let us know what you think in the Comments.

Wallace Wyss

 
 
THE AUTHOR: A former ad copywriter in Detroit, Wyss has advised several automakers on marketing. At present, he is a fine artist, painting portraits on commission of the world’s greatest cars. He can be reached re art at mendoart7@gmail.com.

 
 
 
 

 

 

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Porsche introduces the Porsche Taycan their first electric powered car. Porsche is anticipating the electric changeover revolution.
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