2024 revised Porsche Taycan unveiled on three continents

SHANGHAI: The covers came off the new, extensively revised Porsche Taycan simultaneously in Leipzig, Atlanta and Shanghai, celebrated by record-breaking laps of the Taycan Turbo GT at the Nürburgring and Laguna Seca.

In an echo of the original unveiling of the Porsche Taycan back in 2019, Porsche showed the Taycan Turbo GT for the first time with simultaneous events at the Porsche Experience Centers in Leipzig, Germany, Atlanta, in the US, and in Shanghai, China.

The most powerful production Porsche ever was shown to audiences of media and other VIPs on three continents.

The Taycan Turbo GT followed up its lap record on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife with another record-breaking run on the Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca in California.

Initial test drives in February 2024 with pre-series Taycan between Los Angeles and San Diego showed that the new generation of the electric sports car has a total range of up to 587km.

The practical test took place in February 2024 on Interstate Highway 405 and 5.

The all-electric sports cars covered up to 587km on one battery charge on public roads.

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"For the particularly efficient Taycan sports saloon with the large battery, this practical, final test resulted in a total range of up to 587 kilometres," says the Vice President for the model line Kevin Giek.

"A great result. The range test in Southern California impressively demonstrated how efficient the reworked Taycan is. We are continuing to focus on our 'fast travel' strategy for electric mobility: short charging stops paired with high real-world ranges thanks to efficient drives."

The range test was carried out under everyday conditions. Twelve international media representatives drove four vehicles on three days on Interstate Highway 405 and 5 between the Southern Californian metropolises of Los Angeles and San Diego.

The teams drove at the maximum speed of 75 mph permitted on interstates.

This corresponds to around 120 km/h. All four test cars were equipped with the larger Performance Battery Plus.

The cars were charged at the Electrify America Charger in Torrance/Los Angeles. Here, the Taycan demonstrated over 300 kW charging power for many minutes and was able to charge from 10 to 80 per cent state of charge several times in well under 20 minutes.

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The charging performance, charging time and the time it takes to start charging were also greatly improved in this test.

Porsche has built almost 150,000 examples of the Taycan since the start of production.

The main individual markets for the model are currently the US, the UK, Germany and China.

Porsche has given the Taycan a particularly extensive update. The new versions have more power, more range, accelerate quicker and charge faster with greater stability.

Porsche has also sharpened the design and more strongly differentiated the Turbo models.

All Taycan versions feature an even more extensive standard equipment list and come with the latest generation of the Porsche Driver Experience with an improved display and control concept.

All three body variants will feature the numerous modifications from the date of launch – the Taycan sports sedan, the versatile Taycan Cross Turismo, which is available with an off-road package, and the sporting-yet-practical Taycan Sport Turismo.

In each case, four powertrain options are available, with rear- and all-wheel drive variants. The revised versions will arrive at Porsche Centres from the spring of 2024.

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.

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The sports car manufacturer has produced almost 150,000 examples of the Taycan. The most important individual markets for the Taycan are currently the US, the UK, 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 driving dynamics and driving pleasure.

At the same time, we were able to significantly improve efficiency, range, day-to-day usability and comfort.”

All updated models accelerate much faster than their predecessors.

Depending on the body variant and engine, the WLTP range has increased to up to 678 km, an increase of 175 km or 35 per cent. The updated Taycan not only requires fewer charging stops on long trips than its predecessor, but it also recharges faster: at 800-volt DC charging stations, for example, it can be charged at up to 320 kW. That’s 50 kW more than before.

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 predecessor car. 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 updated 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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