The Taycan is a surprising sales hit for Porsche (over 40,000 customers bought it last year, compared to 50,000 people who bought the 911 in the same period) and after four years on the market it now comes with a modernized version, in all three body styles – sedan, sports station wagon (Sport Turismo) and soft-road station wagon (Cross Turismo). In addition, as part of the modernization, the manufacturer significantly differentiated the design of the standard models and the more dynamic Turbo version, which logically makes sense.
However, the original shape of the car has not been disturbed, so the main changes in the facelift include small retouches of body details, 3D design of the rear combined lights, new front lights, new giant wheels with tuned tires and new fresh colors of the body and interior.
The carmaker devoted a total of 3.6 million kilometers to the tuning of the rejuvenated models, but there is nothing to be surprised about. Since its launch in 2019, taycans have sold more than 150,000 units, with the strongest markets for this all-electric model being the United States, Germany and China.
All modernized variants received better acceleration: the basic Taycan has improved by 0.6 seconds, so it can do it from rest to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds, the top Tacan Turbo S has only improved by 0.4 seconds, but from zero to 100 km/h will do in 2.4 seconds! And that’s about as fast as eight natural blinks of an eye.
Better dynamic parameters are given by a lighter rear electric motor capable of delivering 80 kW (109 hp) more power and modified differentials. So the basic Taycan will offer a power of 320 kW (435 hp), while the 4S a beautiful 440 kW (598 hp). The Turbo version is tuned to 660 kW (897 hp) and the Turbo S to 700 kW, which is 952 hp, so performance worthy of exotic super sports. After all, factory pilot Lars Kern lapped the legendary Nürburgring with it in 7:07.55 minutes, i.e. 26 seconds faster than the previous version of the Taycan (and almost as fast as the almost 2,000-horsepower Rimac Nevera electric hypersport).
Customers who order the Sport Chrono package (standard for the Turbo S) also get a button that boosts power by up to 70 kW (95 hp) for 10 seconds.
While the previous version offered a battery with the highest capacity of 93 kWh, the facelift brings a traction battery with a capacity increased to 105 kWh, which according to the WLTP protocol is enough for up to 678 km on a single charge. So 175 km more than before.
We all know that these are values in ideal conditions, but Porsche itself carried out a comprehensive real-world test and got to 587 km. The redesigned regenerative braking system and the improved heat pump certainly contributed to this result.
At the same time, the charging power has increased to a dizzying value of 320 kW (+50 kW compared to the previous one). On the other hand, this power of over 300 kW is available for a maximum of 5 minutes, however, according to the manufacturer, even in colder conditions.
But it’s not just peak performance, the charging curve has improved over the entire cycle. So while the original Taycan can charge from 10% to 80% in 37 minutes under optimal conditions, the facelift brings the time down to 18 minutes.
New generation lights
All rejuvenated models received adaptive air suspension (reduced by up to 22 mm), four-wheel drive and optional active suspension, which keeps the car without tilting even during dynamic cornering or braking.
Another standard is the new matrix LED lights, which can be replaced with more powerful, more advanced and subtler HD headlights at an additional cost. In addition, in the base you will find ambient lighting, electrically folding outside mirrors with ambient lighting, heated front seats, a wireless mobile charger, charging ports on both sides of the car, a switch for driving modes and a more powerful power steering mode.
The package of driving assistants is then complemented by an adaptive cruise control capable of helping with swerving/avoidance, an improved parking camera, displays in the interior and an updated info system.
Also interesting is the more deeply integrated Apple CarPlay connectivity, through which even basic car management (a de facto merger of the Porche app and CarPlay), including widgets on the phone’s desktop, can be handled. This will definitely please any “apple lover”. Android Auto technology will also not be left behind, which will allow fellow passengers to stream video while driving.
The new Taycan, Taycan Cross Turismo and Taycan Sport Turismo will be available later this year, but with these parameters, Porsche is setting the bar very high for premium electric cars. We will see how other manufacturers, including Tesla, will react to this, and by extension the Chinese automakers preparing an electric invasion of Europe.