The Taycan Bares its Porsche Soul

By topgearsingapore, 22 July 2021

It’s been almost six years since Porsche lifted the covers off its Mission E concept, a stunning dual-motor electric four-door sedan, the brand’s first take on an EV with technology derived from Porsche’s 919 Hybrid Le Mans race car.

Since then, Porsche has released eight variants of the fabled EV, with several Taycan sport limousine models ranging from the Taycan 4S with two motors and four wheel drive, the Taycan Turbo with 680hp, to the blisteringly quick Taycan Turbo S that gets to 100km/h from a standstill in an eye watering 2.8 seconds, and four Taycan Cross Turismo models.

And now, they’ve come up with a fourth variant of the sports limousine, the new Taycan, with a single Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor mounted on the rear axle.

A rear-wheel drive electric sedan, imbued with Porsche DNA. Sounds like an absolutely fantastic recipe doesn’t it?

Like all the models in the Taycan range, this RWD model still retains the soul of a Porsche. Puristic, expressive, timeless.

Might seem a tad dramatic, but once you factor in the sheer depth of engineering and design work that Porsche has put into the Taycan, you begin to see the efficacy of that distinctive Porsche DNA.

That distinct cab back design synonymous with the 911, the sloping front that draws inspiration from the 918 Spyder, it’s all very distinctly “Porsche”.

The new Taycan is offered with two different battery options, a 79.2kWh Performance Battery fitted as standard, or a 93.4kWh Performance Battery Plus as an option. Power outputs for both models are rated at 326hp and 380hp respectively.

Both also have an overboost mode with launch control, which allows the motor to generate 408hp in the standard Performance Battery model, and 476hp in the Performance Battery Plus.

Despite the differences in power output and battery options, both cars accelerate from 0-100km/h in 5.4 seconds.

Of course, many drivers may have preconceived notions or grievances about owning and living with an EV in Singapore.

But when you factor in the benefits and considerations that Porsche has taken, you’ll soon realise that owning a Taycan allays plenty of of these concerns. For instance, range.

Granted, the battery range of any EV would be the biggest point of contention for most early adopters. But in this day and age, range anxiety is pretty much a thing of the past.

Fully charged, a Taycan with the standard Performance Battery has a NEDC range of 369km, while the Performance Battery Plus pack gives the Taycan a range of 434km.

By and large, those figures aren’t too dissimilar from an internal combustion engine vehicle. In a sedan with the Taycan’s incredible performance figures, those numbers are fully justifiable from a consumer standpoint.

Also, our little island spans just under 50km from end to end. Any average Singaporean driver would easily cover a week’s worth of driving duties with that amount of range.

Another issue for many would be the charging network and infrastructure, or current lack thereof. As of now, there are about 1,600 charging stations scattered across Singapore, but that number is steadily rising to 60,000 as we approach the year 2030.

Porsche is also working with several partners to provide owners with more charging stations.

One such partnership with Shell saw the installation of high performance charging points in 6 Shell stations spread across the North-South Highway in Malaysia, which should allow Taycan owners to travel from Singapore up to Penang. These stations are equipped with 180kW DC chargers, the highest charging capacity offered across Singapore and Malaysia.

The Porsche Taycan can also be charged at your home or office too. Porsche Centre Singapore provides charger installation for Taycan owners, under supervision of a Licensed Electrical Worker.

Prior to installation, Porsche will inspect the parking facilities of any owner’s residence or office premises to determine if the space meets the requirements for the included Porsche Charging equipment to be installed. You could even consult the Porsche Charging Pre-Check website to find out which charging solution suits you best.

The massive battery packs in the Taycan should be more than adequate to sustain most drivers for a full week’s driving.

Even in the event that it doesn’t, the batteries do charge up rather quickly. Using a 270kW CCS2 fast charger, the Taycan can be charged from 5 per cent to 80 per cent in just 22 and a half minutes. Or up to 100km in 5 minutes with the appropriate temperature conditions.

With a 50kW DC charger, 5 per cent to 80 per cent takes just over an hour and a half, and juicing your Taycan up for 100km of range takes 30 minutes.

If drivers have no access to a DC charger, the Taycan can be fully charged up in 8 hours with a 11kW AC charger as well.

And before you get all bogged down or wary of potential battery issues, the Taycan comes with a five-year maintenance warranty and an 8-year battery warranty. The battery pack is housed in a protected enclosure, with all the battery cells, heating and cooling components located in the underbody of the car for a lower centre of gravity. Think of the entire slab of batteries as a cocooned shell, impervious to external elements.

The housing itself is a load bearing structure that forms a crucial and integral element of the car’s floorpan, ensuring the car’s rigidity when you give it a little more gas. Or should we say, more power.

The heating and cooling elements of the car are thoroughly engineered to divert the flow of heat in and out of the battery pack, essentially forming the beating heart of the Taycan.

By managing the heat transfer in the battery modules within battery pack, the Taycan delivers consistent and stellar performance. Even if you launch the car multiple times. That’s something you don’t see everyday in an EV.

Porsche Centre Singapore also has professionally trained staff to take care of repair works on the Taycan, with qualified high voltage technicians trained in handling high voltage technology. These technicians are incredibly competent, having undergone strict qualification and certification processes, which ought to give drivers some peace of mind.

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