22. Januar 2021, 08:25 Uhr | Stefanie Eckardt
Porsche is expanding the Taycan model range to include a rear-wheel drive variant
With the new Taycan, Porsche is launching the fourth variant of its first electric sports saloon. The new model lines up alongside the Turbo S, Turbo and 4S. It features rear-wheel drive and is available with two sizes of battery.
As the youngest member of the model family, the Taycan includes, right from the start, the new features introduced in the other versions at the model year changeover. For instance, the Plug & Charge function enables convenient charging and payments without the need for cards or an app: as soon as the charging cable is plugged in, the Taycan establishes encrypted communication with the Plug & Charge-compatible charging station. The charging process then starts automatically. Payments are also processed automatically.
As on the other variants, optional equipment includes a colour head-up display and an on-board charger with a charging capacity of up to 22 kW. With Functions on Demand (FoD), Taycan drivers can purchase various additional convenience or assistance functions as required. Alternatively, they are able to book them for a limited period. This works after the vehicle has been delivered as well as for the sports car’s original configuration. Activation online means that it is not necessary to visit the workshop. Currently, this is possible for the Porsche Intelligent Range Manager (PIRM), Power Steering Plus, Active Lane Keeping Assist and Porsche InnoDrive functions.
Furthermore, you have the choice of two battery types: A single-deck Performance Battery with a gross capacity of 79.2 kWh is fitted as standard. The two-deck Performance Battery Plus is available as an option. Its gross capacity is 93.4 kWh. Range, in accordance with WLTP, is up to 431 or up to 484 km respectively. The Taycan accelerates from a standing start to 100 km/h in 5.4 s, whichever battery is specified. Its top speed is also 230 km/h in both configurations, while its maximum charging capacity is up to 225 kW (Performance Battery) or up to 270 kW (Performance Battery Plus).
The new vehicle has a permanently excited synchronous motor on the rear axle with an active length of 130 millimetres which is therefore the same length as the one fitted to the Taycan 4S. The pulse-controlled inverter on the rear axle operates at up to 600 amps. In addition to the permanently excited synchronous motor on the rear axle, the drive architecture also includes a two-speed transmission. Maximum recuperation power is 265 kW.
Additionally, Porsche uses a centrally networked control system for the Taycan chassis. The integrated Porsche 4D Chassis Control analyses and synchronises all chassis systems in real time. Both the standard steel-spring suspension of the Taycan and the optional adaptive air suspension with three-chamber technology are supplemented by the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) electronic damper control system.