“The what? Porsche has the audacity to call the range-topping Taycan the Turbo as if it were powered by internal combustion?” In a nutshell, that’s exactly what will happen according to the e-mailed statement published by Alex Roy on his Twitter account. But wait, there’s more of that nonsense in the pipeline!
“Porsche is going to build three models,” with the remaining two coming in the guise of the “Taycan” and “Taycan 4S.” Reading between the lines, the entry-level configuration might be rear-wheel drive if Porsche will comply to the nomenclature down to the letter. The 4S, as it implies, stands for all-wheel drive made possible by a dual-motor setup.
“Pricing will start in the low $90,000 for the Taycan” while the Taycan 4S will be in the “high $90,000.” Even though Porsche is still developing the electric sedan, the Stuttgart-based automaker is “taking a $2,500 deposit.”
As if Audi wasn’t obnoxious enough with its two-number nomenclature (e.g., A8 55 TFSI because it produces 335 horsepower), Porsche is taking things one step further into oblivion with the Taycan. This mess-up started with the name of the car, which sounds like something a toddler would mumble at two years of age. And truth be told, Mission E has a better ring to it.
Given these circumstances, we have to force ourselves from associating Turbo with forced induction. Starting with the 2020 model year, Turbo is Porsche for “the best of the best. And most expensive.”
It appears the performance version of the Porsche Taycan EV will be branded “Turbo”.— Alex Roy (@AlexRoy144) December 26, 2018
Because ICE nomenclature is how one converts customers to EV.