Porsche zips up next Taycan with energy boost

Porsche has given its electric flagship, the Taycan,  an ‘extensive update’ with more power, more range, faster acceleration, and faster charging with greater stability. It will arrive at dealerships in Spring 2024. Although the next generation looks pretty much like the first one, Porsche says it sharpened the design and more strongly differentiated the Turbo models.

Taycan Turbo S gets an additional 140 kW with Launch Control, increasing the system output of the top model to 700 kW/952 hp and scrapes off a few tenths of seconds of its acceleration time from 0 to 100 km/h to 2.4 seconds, beating the Tesla S Plaid’s 2.6 seconds.

New styling details

Externally, the differences with the old ones are new front- and rear-end styling with new headlights and tail lights and new front wings that, together with the flatter headlights, emphasize the width of the Taycan. An illuminated version of the Porsche logo in the light strip on the rear is available for the first time, featuring welcome/leaving animations.

All body variants –  the sports sedan, the Cross Turismo, and the Sport Turismo, now come as standard with aerodynamically optimized wheels and reduced-rolling-resistance tires. These new 21-inch wheels and tires were specially developed for this purpose.

The carmakers say development engineers and test drivers in camouflaged test cars have covered more than 3.6 million kilometers worldwide to keep improving Porsche’s first all-electric sports car. So far, 150,000 of the first generation were made, primarily sold in markets like the US, the UK, Germany, and China.

Improved performance and efficiency

Porsche says it has taken extensive efficiency measures. “The simultaneous improvement of performance and efficiency is down to several factors: an advanced powertrain with a new rear-axle motor with up to 80 kW more power than its predecessor on all models, a modified pulse inverter with optimized software, more powerful batteries, revised thermal management, a next-generation heat pump and a modified recuperation and all-wheel-drive strategy.”

The extra power promised comes with a new push-to-pass function in the Sport Chrono package, giving a boost of up to 70 kW, depending on the model, and can be called upon for 10 seconds at the touch of a button. For example, the base Taycan delivers 60 kW more than before, and the Turbo S even 140 kW.

Up to 678 km of range

Depending on the body variant and engine, the WLTP range has increased to 678 km, an increase of 175 km or 35 percent, Porsche claims. That means 503 to 678 km combined for the basic Taycan with an energy consumption of 20 to 16.7 kWh/100 km and 558 to 630 km for the Turbo S, which consumes 20.5 to 17.9 kWh/100 km.

Moreover, the Taycan’s battery can now be charged at up to 320 kW. That’s 50 kW more than before. The process is streamlined and made more efficient, so charging capacities of more than 300 kW can be sustained for up to five minutes, and very high charging capacities can be achieved more quickly, even at low temperatures.

Halving the time to charge

Porsche says This can reduce the time required to go from a 10 to an 80 percent charge compared to the predecessor car. The first-generation Taycan’s charging time was 37 minutes, while the updated Taycan takes only 18 minutes despite its larger battery capacity. The battery went in gross capacity from 93 kWh to 105 kWh.

All new Taycan models come with adaptive air suspension as standard, and Porsche’s Active Ride suspension can be ordered as an option for the all-wheel drive versions. That suspension keeps the body of the Taycan level at all times, even during dynamic braking, steering, and acceleration maneuvers, and almost wholly adsorps all bumps in the road.

 

 

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