The 2020 Porsche Taycan is a fully electric car manufactured by German carmaker Porsche, which was first introduced as a concept car called the Mission E at the Frankfurt Motor Show and then in production form at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. In 2020, the Porsche Taycan 2020 model is Porsche’s first production electric car, and it is planned to sell in several variants of different performance levels and could give birth to derivatives in the future composition of models based on its platform. Porsche’s first electric car is an elegant sports sedan that fully fulfills the brand’s high reputation. The Porsche 2020 Taycan delivers incredible acceleration, precise handling, and an aggressive design, and under the skin, there is some interesting engineering.
The Taycan is the first electric vehicle to use a two-speed transmission and an 800 V electric system, allowing for faster acceleration and shorter charging times. Theoretically, Taycan is the first real challenge to Tesla’s Model S. Porsche and Tesla in practice have unique advantages that should guide customers towards an easier decision. The Model S offers a significantly higher rating – but our real-world testing has shown that it has only a small advantage over the Taycan Turbo S, a more convenient package and access to a wide network of fast-charging stations. Porsche’s priority is performance above all else, with interior space being a minor concern.
2020 Porsche Taycan Interior
Inside, the low and sleek roofline of the 2020 Taycan, the interior proves surprisingly spacious. Porsche doesn’t feel nearly as cavernous as the Tesla Model S, but the six-spoke can fit comfortably in both the front and rear seats. A four-seater configuration is standard, while a third seat in the center rear is optional. Significantly, Porsche calls this configuration a 2 + 1 layout, as it is the center rear seat only for short people working in short positions. 2020 Taycan’s cargo space measures 17 cubic feet, which is divided between the trunk and a small front compartment that can accommodate one carrier-sized bag.
The Taycan cockpit is dominated by screens, up to four in total. Behind the wheel is a curved 16.8-inch cluster of digital gauges, which has sharp graphics and a highly configured look, so you can see as much or as little driving information as you want. A 10.9-inch touch screen is located in the center of the dashboard. It manages most entertainment functions, such as radio, navigation, and Apple CarPlay. Below it on the center console is another touch screen. This display controls the climate, seat heating settings, and volume. An optional third touchscreen is located on the passenger control panel, and its capabilities are similar to the main entertainment and entertainment screen: mostly sound adjustment and navigation.
2020 Porsche Taycan Engine
The 2020 Taycan 4S, Turbo, and 2020 Taycan Turbo S drive all four wheels with two electric motors. The highest outputs of 522 horsepower, 563 horsepower, 670 horsepower (Turbo), and 750 (Turbo S) last only brief explosions of 2.5 seconds at a time. After that, all models slightly reduce power to protect the drivetrain from heat. The movements of the unique two-speed rear engine transmission are almost imperceptible during regular driving. But activate the launch control, and Porsche rips off one or two shifts that are as fast and powerful as any gas sports car.
The Porsche Taycan has an electric system with an all-wheel drive. It consists of two electric motors that produce a combined power of 429 horsepower in the 4S model and 616 horsepower in the Turbo and Turbo S models. If that sounds like a lot of power to you, it’s because it is. The Taycan 4S can go from zero to 60 km/h in less than four seconds, and that acceleration continues beyond the legal speed limits. Two Turbo models cut this sprint in just three seconds. Unlike other EVs, the Taycan has a two-speed transmission integrated into the rear axle. This helps the car accelerate at low speeds and cruise more efficiently at high speeds.
2020 Porsche Taycan Safety
The 2020 Taycan comes standard with a reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors, traffic sign recognition, lane-keeping assistance, adjustable cornering lights, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. Available driver assistance features include blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control with low-speed traffic assist, a surrounding parking system, and a night vision camera. Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Road Road Bureau has released the results of the 2020 Porsche Taycan crash test.