Porsche has finally unveiled its first-ever series production full-electric car, the Taycan (tie can, taken, same thing). The four-door sedan will be unveiled to the public next week at the Frankfurt Motor Show and marks one of the most important steps in the company’s history, since the 356, 911 and Cayenne. Of course Mzansi is a strong Porsche market, so the Taycan will be sold here in 2020. Prices will be announced closer to launch time.

“The Taycan links our heritage to the future. It carries forward the success story of our brand – a brand that has fascinated and thrilled people the world over for more than 70 years,” said Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG, who opened the world premiere in Berlin: “This day marks the start of a new era.”

The Taycan currently only has one competitor, and that is the Tesla Model S. Right now only two models; Turbo and Turbo S. We don’t know why these monikers are used because the cars don’t have turbochargers. In fact, they don’t have any engines at all. Instead they use two electric motors – one on the front and the other at the rear axle. This means the car is all-wheel-drive (AWD). It also has a two-speed transmission.

Power for the Taycan Turbo is 460kW, but can be increased to 500kW when overboost is engaged. Maximum torque of 850Nm is available with Launch Control. As such, the car is able to accelerate from 0 – 100km/h in 3.2 seconds, with a top speed of 260km/h. The range-topping Turbo S produces up to 560kW and 1 050Nm, with a stunning sprint time of 2.8 seconds from standstill to 100km/h. It also runs out of puff at 260km/h. Importantly, the Turbo has a whopping range of up to 450km, while the Turbo S can drive up to 412km. These are the highest figures we have seen so far of any series electric car available in Mzansi.

The 800 Volt system used by the Taycan is quite powerful and assists when it comes to recharging. Batteries can be recharged up to 80% full in under 23 minutes, while the overall capacity of the Performance Battery Plus is 93.4kWh. Because this is an EV and there is no engine, there is luggage space both up front (81 litres) and rear (366 litres).

Porsche has, for the first time, applied a no-leather policy for a car’s interior. The Taycan features mainly recycled build materials. A 27.7cm touch screen accesses the infotainment system. Interestingly the front passenger can also get their own 27.7cm touch screen so they can get individualised infotainment. Rear passengers are also able to get their own 14.9cm screens.

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