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07 Feb 2024

Mid cycle facelift for the Taycan

The new Porsche Taycan offers more power, longer range, quicker acceleration and faster charging

All three familiar body styles are available from the date of launch – the Taycan sports sedan, the versatile Taycan Cross Turismo (which is available with a rough road package for adventures off the beaten track) and the sporting-yet-practical Taycan Sport Turismo. In each case, four powertrain options are available, with rear- and all-wheel drive. The new models arrive at Porsche Centres from later in the spring.

On the path to series production, development engineers and test drivers in camouflaged test cars have covered more than 3.6 million kilometres around the world to keep improving the first all-electric sports car from Porsche. The sports car manufacturer has produced almost 150,000 examples of the Taycan. The most important individual markets for the Taycan are currently the UK, the US, Germany and China.

“We ushered in the new era of e-mobility with the Taycan at the end of 2019. It immediately proved to be a game changer and innovative pioneer in the e-vehicle segment,” says head of the model line, Kevin Giek. “We are now continuing this success story with the extensively updated Taycan. The model line has reached new heights in terms of performance, with exceptional dynamics and driving pleasure. At the same time, we were able to significantly improve efficiency, range, day-to-day usability and comfort.”

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Even higher performance
Sporting, dynamic performance remains a Taycan highlight. Two examples from both ends of the portfolio illustrate this: as sports sedans, the Taycan and Taycan Turbo S reach 62 mph from a standstill in just 4.8 and 2.4 seconds respectively. This makes them 0.6 and 0.4 seconds faster than the prior model.

With the new push-to-pass function in the Sport Chrono package, a boost of up to 70 kW, depending on the model, can be called upon for 10 seconds at the touch of a button. The increased acceleration rates are generally the result of higher system output. For example, at the entry point to the model line-up, the Taycan delivers 60 kW more than before. In the case of the Taycan Turbo S, it’s an additional 140 kW with Launch Control. This increases the system output of the top model to 700 kW/952 PS. (NB The push-to-pass function is possible only in combination with the Performance Battery Plus. It is not available for 2WD models of the Taycan and Taycan Sport Turismo or the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo.)

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More than 35 per cent more range compared to the prior model
Depending on the body variant and engine, the WLTP range has increased to up to 421 miles / 678 km, an increase of 109 miles / 175 km or 35 per cent. The new Taycan not only requires fewer charging stops on long trips than before, but it also recharges faster: at 800-volt DC charging stations, for example, it can be charged at up to 320 kW. That’s an increase of 50 kW. The fast-charging window of the new performance battery has been significantly expanded. This means that 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.

Depending on an individual’s driving style, among other variables, this can halve the time required to go from a 10 to an 80 per cent charge compared to the prior model. In the first-generation Taycan, the charging time from 10 to 80 per cent SOC at 15 degrees Celsius is 37 minutes. Under the same conditions, the new Taycan takes just 18 minutes despite its larger battery capacity. The Performance Battery Plus now has a gross capacity of 105 kWh, increased from 93 kWh.

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New active chassis
Every new Taycan features adaptive air suspension as standard. The new Porsche Active Ride suspension can be ordered as an option for the all-wheel drive models. This system offers an unprecedented bandwidth between driving comfort and driving dynamics.

The suspension keeps the body of the Taycan level at all times, even during dynamic braking, steering and acceleration manoeuvres. With a smooth ride, the system absorbs bumps almost completely. In dynamic driving situations, the Porsche Active Ride ensures an almost perfect connection to the road thanks to a balanced distribution of wheel loads. If the appropriate mode is activated, the suspension can compensate for pitching and rolling motions in order to reduce the acceleration forces acting on the occupants.

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Extensive efficiency measures
The simultaneous improvement of performance and efficiency is down to a number of factors: an advanced powertrain with a new rear-axle motor with up to 80 kW more power than its predecessor is standard on all models, a modified pulse inverter with optimised software, more powerful batteries, revised thermal management, a next-generation heat pump and a modified recuperation and all-wheel-drive strategy.

The maximum recuperation capacity during deceleration from high speeds has increased by more than 30 per cent from 290 kW to up to 400 kW. All variants now feature aerodynamically optimised wheels and reduced-rolling-resistance tyres as standard. New 21-inch wheels and tyres were specially developed for this purpose.

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Significantly improved equipment with less weight
Although the models weigh up to 15kg less (taking the Taycan Turbo versus its predecessor as an example), the standard equipment is now more extensive. Ambient lighting, ParkAssist with reversing camera, electrically folding exterior mirrors with mirror surround lighting, heated front seats, Porsche Intelligent Range Manager (PIRM), heat pump with a new cooling system, smartphone tray for wireless charging, electric charging ports on the driver and front passenger sides, Drive Mode switch and Power Steering Plus are all now standard features.

The Taycan model at the start of the range line-up now also features adaptive air suspension and aluminium door sill protectors. In addition to the extended standard equipment, the improved product specification includes a battery with increased capacity but with a reduced weight.

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Attractive design, with greater Turbo differentiation
With new styling front and rear featuring new headlights and tail lamps, the designers at Style Porsche have further honed the clean, purist lines of the Taycan. New front wings and the flatter headlights give even greater emphasis to the purposeful on-road stance of the Taycan.

The new headlights feature high-resolution HD matrix technology with detailed optics, and now display the characteristic four-point Porsche light signature at night. The Porsche logo in the rear light strip features a three-dimensional, glass-look design. An illuminated version of this is available for the first time, featuring welcome/leaving animations.

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Among other notable features, the accent colour Turbonite brings further distinctiveness to the Turbo and Turbo S, differentiating these top models from the other versions in both their exterior and interior style.

Updated control and display concept
The instrument cluster, central display and optional passenger display feature an optimised user interface with additional functions. The mode switch on the steering wheel is now a standard feature. For Taycan models equipped with the Sport Chrono package and the Performance Battery Plus, there is a special ‘push-to-pass’ button on the mode switch.

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Using the new control lever on the left behind the steering wheel, control of the driver assistance systems is now more intuitive. Apple CarPlay has been more deeply integrated into the vehicle displays and functions. The new In-Car Video function enables video streaming on the central display and the passenger display.

 

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