The resemble with the Panamera is obvious, but the Taycan is a four-door sedan instead of a five-door liftback. The biggest change compared to the Mission E are the rear doors, now opening in a conventional manner instead of being hinged at the rear. Suicide doors on a Porsche – be it internal combustion-engined or electric – seem out of place, don’t you agree?
Porsche took the Taycan to Sweden for cold-weather testing because the range is affected by sub-zero temperature conditions. The engineers didn’t confirm the range to Roadshow, but the floor-mounted battery promises “more than 500 kilometers” under the New European Driving Cycle. As far as the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure is concerned, vehicles with thermal propulsion saw an increase in CO2 emissions of approximately 20 percent on average.
Given the dimensions of the Taycan, there’s no denying Porsche will match the Model 3 Long Range in terms of kilowatt-hours. The biggest battery available for Tesla’s most affordable nameplate is estimated at 75 kWh while the full-size Model S and Model X can be specified with 100 kWh.
There’s talk Porsche is developing a rear-wheel-drive Taycan to bring the pricing down, allowing more people to buy into the electric makeover. The Macan is also going electric thanks to the Premium Platform Electric, and there’s talk the higher-ups are considering the Cayenne as well.
September 2019 is when the Taycan is expected to premiere, and the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show appears to be the venue where Porsche will present the electric sedan in the flesh.