The Porsche Taycan is celebrating its US premiere at the LA Auto Show 2019. The all-electric, four-door sports saloon offers the performance and connectivity expected of a Porsche, with everyday usability.
Highly advanced production methods and the Taycan’s capabilities are setting new standards in the fields of sustainability and digitalisation. Taking centre stage on the Porsche stand will be the new Taycan 4S, which now becomes the starting point of a range that has until now only consisted of the Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S. The Taycan 4S is available with two battery sizes: The Performance Battery generates up to 390 kW (530 PS), while the Performance Battery Plus delivers up to 420 kW (571 PS) overboost power.
“A year ago we introduced the new generation of the 911 in Los Angeles,” says Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. “Now we follow up with the Taycan – the first all electric sports car from Porsche. California has been like a second home for Porsche for many decades. It’s where the world’s biggest 911 fan base is. With the Taycan we connect our past to the future and we will continue the Porsche success story.”
In addition to the Taycan, Porsche has also chosen the LA Auto Show as the location for the US premiere of the new Macan Turbo. With 324 kW (440 PS), it assumes flagship status among Porsche compact SUV sports cars. In parallel with Porsche’s debut in Formula E on 22 and 23 November 2019, the Porsche 99X Electric, the brands first all electric racing car will also be on display at the LA Auto Show.
Porsche Taycan 4S: third version of the electric sports car
Following the Taycan Turbo S and Taycan Turbo, the Taycan 4S is the new starting point of the electric line-up. A single-deck Performance Battery with a gross capacity of 79.2 kWh is fitted as standard, while the two-deck Performance Battery Plus (gross capacity 93.4 kWh), familiar from the Taycan Turbo S and Taycan Turbo, is available as an option.
Power output and range therefore vary correspondingly. With Performance Battery, the Taycan 4S generates up to 390 kW (530 PS) overboost power; equipped with Performance Battery Plus, it delivers up to 420 kW (571 PS). Both variants of the Taycan 4S accelerate to 100 km/h in 4.0 seconds. Top speed is also 250 km/h in both cases and range is up to 407 kilometres with Performance Battery and up to 463 kilometres with Performance Battery Plus (in accordance with WLTP in each case). Maximum charging power (peak) is 225 kW (Performance Battery) and 270 kW (Performance Battery Plus).
Breathtaking acceleration, sports cars traction and outstanding continuously available power – the Taycan’s strengths also apply to the 4S. The permanently excited synchronous motor on the rear axle has an active length of 130 millimetres, which makes it exactly 80 mm shorter than that in the Taycan Turbo S and Taycan Turbo. With motors on the front and rear axles to facilitate all-wheel drive, as well as a two-speed transmission on the rear axle, the drive architecture of the 4S comprises the same main technical highlights as its siblings. This also applies to the car’s intelligent charging management and impressive aerodynamics: with a Cd value from 0.22, the aerodynamics make a significant contribution to low energy consumption and boost range.
With its clean, purist design, the Taycan signals the beginning of a new era. At the same time, it retains the unmistakable Porsche design DNA. From the front, it looks particularly low and wide with highly contoured wings. The silhouette is shaped by the sporty roof line sloping downward to the rear. The highly sculpted side sections are also characteristic. The sleek cabin, the drawn-in rear D-pillar and the pronounced shoulders of the wings result in a sharply emphasised rear that is typical of the brand.
There are also innovative elements such as the glass-effect Porsche logo, which is integrated in the continuous light bar at the rear.
The cockpit also signals the start of a new era with its clear structure and completely new architecture. The free-standing, curved instrument cluster forms the highest point on the dashboard. A central 10.9-inch infotainment display and an optional passenger display are combined to form an integrated glass band in a black-panel look.
Porsche uses a centrally networked control system for the Taycan chassis. The integrated Porsche 4D Chassis Control analyses and synchronises all chassis systems in real time. The Taycan 4S features adaptive air suspension with three-chamber technology including PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) electronic damper control as standard. It is also equipped as standard with red-painted six-piston alu-minium monobloc fixed-caliper brakes at the front and four-piston aluminium cali-pers at the rear. The internally vented cast iron brake discs have a diameter of 360 mm at the front and 358 mm at the rear.
Porsche 99X Electric: First race in Formula E in parallel with the LA Auto Show
After more than 30 years, Porsche is returning to formula racing. With the Porsche 99X Electric, the company is establishing a works presence in the 2019/2020 ABB FIA Formula E Championship. The associated reorganisation of motorsport commitments is derived from the Porsche Strategy 2025 plan, in which both purist GT road-going sports cars and all-electric sports cars feature. A presence, and indeed suc-cess, in motorsport with electrically powered racing cars is an important part of the company’s “Mission E” strategy.
The Porsche 99X Electric will also serve as a development platform for future all-electric production road cars. The centrepiece of this fully electric racing car is the Porsche E-Performance Powertrain, the development of which has played a central role from the start. The Formula E regulations stipulate a standard chassis and battery, while the drive technology is developed by the manufacturer.
In mid-October, the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team completed three days of intensive testing on the Circuit Ricardo Tormo near Valencia. This was the first time on track with all the other teams competing in Season 6 of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship 2019/2020 and it provided valuable experience for the works team and its two regular drivers, Neel Jani and André Lotterer.
The first two races for the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team take place at the Diriyah E-Prix on the outskirts of Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) on 22 and 23 November 2019.