PGA Cars, the official distributor of Porsche in the Philippines, is taking a leap forward ahead of stop-gap technology hybrid power, in favor of a fully electric high-performance car. The Porsche Taycan is the German brand’s electric sports car set for high volume production. Introduced in three continents since September 4, the Taycan is currently being built with the first batch of units set to arrive in early 2020 to several markets all over the world with the Philippines being one of the recipients.
With nothing but electric motors, the Taycan draws its power from batteries, resulting in zero emissions, which is the ultimate goal in eco-friendly mobility. This is all in a package that delivers a genuine sports car experience that is akin to the Porsche 911, rather than the Panamera luxury model. Porsche’s performance and connectivity with everyday usability, and its advanced production methods and features set new standards in sustainability and digitalization. Prospective clients can take their pick between three versions of the electrified Porsche, which include the flagship Taycan Turbo S, Taycan Turbo, and Taycan 4S.
The Taycan Turbo S produces 750 hp and consumes 26.9 kWh/100 km. It has no carbon emissions and it can last 412 kilometers. Its 0-100 km/h time is rated at 2.8 seconds, which can trump almost all gasoline-powered production cars.
The Taycan Turbo delivers 670 hp, 26 kWh/100km with no emissions, and the acceleration is rated at 3.2 seconds, 0-100 km/h. It has a range of up to 450 km, while it and the performance Turbo S variant boasts a top speed of 260 km/h.
Coming in as the entry-level variant of the lineup is the Taycan 4S. There are two battery sizes on offer. The standard can output a total of 522 hp, consumes power at a rate of 24.6 kWh/100 km, and driving range is at 407 kilometers. A high-performance battery option for the 4S is also available and it can produce 562 hp with a range of 463 kilometers. It consumes power at a rate of 25.6 kWh/100 km with no emissions and it can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 4 seconds flat.
Naturally, all models feature all-wheel drive systems because both front and rear axles are home to one motor each.
Like all Porche models, the Taycan’s interior is top-class. It signals a new era for interior design and is clear with its structure and architecture. The free-standing curved instrument cluster forms the highest point in the dashboard, and a central 10.9-inch infotainment screen and an optional passenger display make for an experience that is sure to impress. Since it is an electric vehicle, the Taycan gets a more modern interior and steps a bit ahead of what Porsche is currently offering with its current-generation models. Classical controls and knobs have been revamped to match the futuristic nature of the Taycan.
The leather in the interior is not actually leather. Recycled materials make up the upholstery and trim, which is in line with the sustainable concept of fully-electric vehicles.
Charging is also convenient. It is stated that the car’s system voltage is rated at 800v unlike usual EVs that top out at 400 volts. The battery can be recharged quite quickly in just over five minutes when using direct current from the high-power charging network. Taycan owners can also charge their cars with up to 11 kW of alternating current in the sanctity of their own homes for a process that is quick, comfortable, intelligent and universal.