Mum is the word from the manufacturers at Porsche but thanks to a few well placed spy cams we have some information on the new production in advance of the release of their upcoming new electric vehicle. Although not a total picture of what we’re going to experience, it’s enough detail to whet the appetite until a clearer picture of the new Taycan EV is fully disclosed.
What we know so far
Testers took the concept for the Taycan out for a test drive in the Arctic Circle to assess its cold weather capabilities and spy cams were there to capture some of the highlights. It was a revealing session that shed a little more light on the vacuum that Porsche has created with the mysterious shrouding of the specs of their latest creation. When you use your imagination to look beyond the camouflage, the all electric sedan was identified as having a traditional sedan trunk.
Functional front fender vents
The photos also revealed that the side vents to the aft of the charge ports on the prototype are partially hidden with scalloped front doors that lead to fenders with a slight convex to the gap that creates a vent space, rendering them aesthetically and practically functional. A necessary element of the design of the new car. Two prototypes were spied in the testing and the splitter designs showed some variation so it’s hard to predict what the front bumpers will turn out to be like. We do know that the exterior offers a deeper and more aggressive design at least seen on one of the prototypes and we know that the different models of the Taycan will have distinct rear diffusers that will distinguish one model from another.
Production head and taillights
The 2020 Porsche Taycan will be equipped with production headlights which are LEDs and the styling will give the vehicle a futuristic aesthetic with four lights in long rectangular units replacing the old circular lights. These also function as turn signals with the main headlight assuming a round shape that has been squared off and encased by the four LEDs. The taillights appear to be clear until they light up, which is a Porsche feature they’ve applied to other models. An LED strip occupies the space from one end of the rear to the other and we’re told that the Porsche script in the center will also light up. Novel and unique, there is no question.
The power of the 2020 Porsche Taycan
The new Porsche Taycan for 2020 is going to be an all electric sedan style that is rumored to come equipped with two electric motors that will achieve a speed of 60 mph in 3.5 seconds or less thanks to the 600 horsepower that they generate. The average range is claimed to be 300 miles on a single full charge and the vehicle will also have an advanced 800 volt fast charging capacity. A charging port will be placed on each side of the car. This will increase the convenience factor of pulling into public charging stations. The dual port system will be placed at the front fenders position.
Optional carbon-ceramic brakes
The new 2020 Taycan is equipped with carbon ceramic brakes from Porsche. These are an expensive option and it’s yet unclear whether these will be the standard offering or an optional upgrade for the production model. We’re not sure if you’re going to see their lime green painted calipers or the more expensive yellow calipers yet. Only time will tell. For now we’ll just assume it’s going to be an option. Don’t hold us to it though.
Changes in the wheel designs
The spy cam footage revealed an aerodynamic wheel design with 20 inch wheels that aren’t the most attractive but they have the capacity for improving efficiency by as much as ten percent so who is going to balk at that. Again, we’re assuming that the wheels in the spy cam footage are going to be an option but it’s hard to say at this point. There are bound to be a few different options in the production model. As for the paint options, we’ve heard the rumor that the new Taycan will be offered in a Miami Blue along with a Lava Orange color, but we’re going to have to wait for confirmation of this. We’re looking forward to hearing more about the new 2020 Porsche Taycan EV as the official unveiling date approaches.