Porsche Taycan makes Australian debut in December from $190k

The first pure-electric Porsche is coming soon, and we've got all the details you've been waiting for.

By Car Expert, June 3 2020
Porsche Taycan makes Australian debut in December from $190k

The Porsche Taycan will bring its all-electric thunder down under in December this year with the Taycan 4S leading the charge, ahead of the mid-range Taycan Turbo and the flagship Turbo S – and if you're ready to make room for a Taycan in your garage, order books are now open.

Pricing for the three-pronged powerhouse kicks off at $191,000 before on-road costs for the Taycan 4S. The Taycan Turbo starts at $269,100 before on-roads, which puts it on a par with a 911 Carrera S.

Shooting for the very best? The Taycan Turbo S hits $339,100 before on-roads – positioning it above the 911 Targa 4S on price, but well below the 911 Turbo S despite offering similar acceleration figures.

Although not quite as fast as the headline-grabbing versions of the Tesla Model S, the Porsche Taycan Turbo S nails 100km/h in just 2.8 seconds from standstill – and testing has shown it can hit that figure on back-to-back runs without any battery pre-heating or preparation.

Let's dive into the details.

Porsche Taycan pricing

  • Taycan 4S: $191,000 (excluding on-road costs)

  • Taycan Turbo: $269,100 (excluding on-road costs)

  • Taycan Turbo S: $339,100 (excluding on-road costs)

Porsche Taycan engines

Okay, there's no 'engine' to speak of. The Taycan's powerplant comes in a choice of three different dual-motor electric setups. A two-wheel drive model is expected to launch at some point, although Porsche hasn't confirmed it.

The base 4S has 390kW and 640Nm, good for a 100km/h sprint time of 4.0 seconds. A 79.2kWh lithium-ion battery pack is standard, but buyers can option the 93.4kWh Performance Battery Plus.

Opting for the bigger battery ups outputs to 420kW and 650Nm, and improves range from 365km to a claimed 414km.

Moving to the Taycan Turbo gets you 500kW and 850Nm for a 3.2-second sprint to 100km/h. The bigger battery is standard, and offers a claimed range of 420km.

Finally, the range-topping Taycan Turbo S makes 560kW and 1050Nm. It'll hit 100km/h in just 2.8 seconds from standstill, and claimed range is 405km.

Porsche Taycan safety

The Porsche Taycan range scored five stars in crash testing from Euro NCAP, returning 85 per cent for adult occupant protection, 83 per cent for child occupant protection, 70 per cent for vulnerable road user protection, and 73 per cent for safety assist.

Autonomous emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and blind-spot monitoring are standard, along with adaptive cruise control.

Porsche Taycan dimensions

The Porsche Taycan measures 4963mm long, 2144mm wide, and between1378mm and 1381mm tall depending on model. It has a 900mm wheelbase.

The base Taycan 4S weighs 2140kg with the standard battery pack and 2220kg with the longer-range pack. The Taycan Turbo tips the scales at 2305kg, while the Turbo S weighs in at 2295kg.

Porsche Taycan standard equipment

Standard equipment in the Porsche Taycan 4S includes:

  • Six-piston front, four-piston rear cast iron brakes

  • 20-inch Sport Aero wheels

  • Tyre-pressure monitoring

  • Black side skirts

  • Black rear diffuser

  • LED headlights

  • Automatic headlights

  • Dual-zone climate control

  • 14-way powered front seats

  • Heated and ventilated front seats

  • Digital instrument binnacle

  • 10.2-inch touchscreen

  • Wireless Apple CarPlay

  • Satellite navigation

  • DAB+ digital radio

  • 14-speaker sound system

  • Powered tailgate

  • Partial leather interior

  • Heated leather steering wheel

Stepping up to the Taycan Turbo adds:

  • 10-piston front, four-piston rear PCSB brakes

  • 20-inch Turbo Aero wheels

  • Body-coloured front valance, side skirts, rear diffuser

  • LED Matrix headlights with Porsche Dynamic Lighting Plus

  • Four-zone climate control

  • Rear seat heating

  • Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control

  • Full leather interior

  • Stainless steel pedals

On top of all that, the Turbo S also gives you:

  • 10-piston front, four-piston rear carbon-ceramic brakes

  • 21-inch Mission E wheels

  • Carbon exterior trim

  • Black window trim

  • Carbon door sills

  • Carbon diffuser inlays

  • 18-way powered front seats

  • Two-tone leather-free interior

  • Charge ports on drive and passenger side

Porsche Taycan servicing

The Taycan is backed by a three-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.

Maintenance is required every 12 months or 15,000km, whichever comes first.

Porsche Taycan battery

  • 800V: The Taycan is the first production electric car to use an 800V architecture
  • 270kW: Plugged into the right kind of fast charger, the Taycan can charge at up to 270kW
  • 93.4kWh: The largest battery capacity offered on the Taycan
  • 420km: The longest range offered by the Taycan

Usually in a Porsche, we'd start with the engine. But this is a Porsche with a difference.

Under the skin, the Taycan is the first vehicle to use an 800V electrical architecture. The move allows Porsche to charge faster without using thicker, heavier cables.

For those without an engineering background, the importance of going to 800V can be explained by looking how DC power is measured: the formula is power = Voltage x Current, which means you can increase the amount of power being output in your car by upping the voltage, upping the current, or both.

Although you could improve the current by decreasing resistance with a larger cable, that also adds weight. By shrinking the cable, Porsche argues the increase in resistance created by the smaller cabling in the Taycan isn't drastic enough to offset the weight savings.

Using its 800V capability, the Taycan can recharge at up to 270kW when hooked up to an ultra-rapid DC fast charger. From empty to full, the car can be charged in around 20 minutes.

However as 800V infrastructure spreads, thermal management technology improves, and Porsche comes to better understand it, there's talk of using over-the-air updates to allow for 400kW or 500kW fast charging.

When the right kind of charger isn't available, the Taycan can still charge at 150kW on a DC fast charger, or 11kW when plugged into the included AC home charger.

The car is already clever when it comes to thermal management. If you select a charging station on the satellite navigation, the car will automatically heat or cool the battery pack to make sure it remains in its 30 degrees celsius fast-charge sweet spot.

Also on hand to help recharge the battery is regenerative braking. The Taycan can harvest energy usually wasted as heat or dust when the driver hits the brakes more aggressively than most of its electric rivals – the system can regenerate up to 265kW, to be precise.

For the most part, that means when the driver hits the left-hand pedal it's not the physical brakes that are slowing the car, it's the regenerative braking system. That hasn't stopped Porsche offering carbon ceramic stoppers on the Taycan Turbo S, of course.

Two battery capacities are offered in the Taycan. The base 4S features a 79.2kWh battery pack good for a claimed 365km of range, but it can be replaced with the 93.4kWh Performance Battery Plus from the Turbo and Turbo S.

With it fitted, the Taycan 4S will cover a claimed 414km. That's down on the 420km promised by the Turbo, but an improvement on the 405km promised by the Taycan Turbo S.

Porsche Taycan charging

Australian Taycans come with a Mobile Charger Connect and a mode 3 Charging Cable for use at AC public charging stations.

If you want to keep your Taycan topped up when it's sitting snug in your garage, Porsche has partnered with JET Charge to offer expert advice on home charging solutions.

Porsche says its standard-spec Home Energy Manager "can dynamically optimise the charging process in terms of performance, time and costs."

Another partnership with Chargefox, which operates Australia’s largest EV charging network, opens up 'High Performance Charging' with a complimentary three year subscription to the Chargefox Ultra-Rapid DC charging network (up to 350 kW) and complimentary charging at selected Chargefox-managed Fast DC charging sites (mostly 50 kW).

You can also cruise your Taycan into one of the Porsche Destination Charging outlets being installed at metropolitan and regional sites across Australia – including luxury hotels, theatres and entertainment venues, restaurants, shopping precincts and even selected cellar door locations – for complimentary charging.

Porsche Taycan motors

  • 600A: The amount of current running through the motor in the Taycan Turbo S
  • 1050Nm: Peak torque in the Taycan Turbo S
  • 2.8 seconds: The 100km/h sprint time in the Turbo S
  • Two: The number of gears in the Taycan's rear-motor transmission

Porsche has followed Tesla's lead in using permanent synchronous motors rather than the cheaper, less efficient asynchronous motors used in less performance-oriented electric vehicles.

The motors in the Taycan use hairpin-wound copper designed to more efficiently use the space on offer. Porsche also says its design is more heat efficient than the alternative.

At present, only dual-motor powertrains are available in the Taycan range. The front motor in the Turbo S outputs 190kW and up to 440Nm, and tips the scales at 76kg.

The rear motor in the Turbo S pumps out 335kW and up to 610Nm. It tips the scales at 170kg, and spins at up to 16,000rpm. And you thought the 9000rpm redline in a 911 GT3 was impressive.

Unlike most rival electric vehicles, the Taycan features a two-speed transmission on the rear motor. It usually operates in the taller ratio, only using the shorter first gear for maximum acceleration when the driver selects Sport Mode.

The upshot? The base Taycan 4S can hit 100km/h in just 4.0 seconds, thanks to outputs of 360kW and 650Nm. Opting for the optional larger battery gives you an extra 30kW of power and 10Nm of torque.

Moving to the Taycan Turbo ups power to 500kW and torque to 850Nm, good for a 3.2-second sprint to 100km/h. The Turbo S has 560kW of power and 1050Nm of torque. It'll hit 100km/h in an eye-watering 2.8 seconds.

Porsche promises that performance is repeatable, too. Before it launched, the Taycan was put through its paces by the Fully Charged show.

The host, Jonny Smith, did a whopping 26 back-to-back acceleration runs from standstill to 200km/h. The difference between the fastest and slowest runs was just 0.8 seconds, which is remarkable.

Unlike Tesla, which progressively dials back the amount of power on offer from its electric motors to prevent the heat generated from damaging the battery, Porsche says it can effectively manage the temperature of the battery in the Taycan so power doesn't need to be throttled back.

The Taycan is also the fastest production four-door electric vehicle around the Nurburgring Nordschleife. With a 7:42 lap time, the car's one-lap dash is in a similar ballpark to the fastest hot hatchbacks.

The Renault Megane RS Trophy-R laps the Nordschleife in 7:40.10, while the Honda Civic Type R does it in 7:43.80.

Porsche Taycan chassis

  • 4D: The name Porsche gives its overarching chassis control system
  • 420mm: The diameter of the largest brake option on the Taycan
  • 21in: The diameter of the Taycan's largest wheel option
  • Three: The number of chambers in the Taycan's air suspension

Although it offers clever torque vectoring technology on its internal-combustion vehicles, the electric motors in the Taycan opens a raft of new doors for the engineers in Stuttgart.

Electric motors can respond instantly to inputs. When the car's central brain decides it needs to send more torque to the outside rear wheel, it can do it in the blink of an eye.

Beyond the handling talents allowed by the Taycan's dual-motor all-wheel drive system, Porsche offers its usual range of optional chassis systems.

An active three-chamber air suspension is standard across the range, and the Porsche Torque Vectoring system is standard on Turbo and Turbo S models.

The Turbo S features rear-wheel steering as standard, but the system is optional on the Turbo and 4S.

Three braking options are available. The base Taycan 4S has cast-iron discs with six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers, while the mid-spec Turbo has Porsche Surface Coated Brakes (PCSB) with 10-piston front and six-piston rear calipers.

Debuted on the 2017 Cayenne Turbo, surface-coated brakes have a tungsten carbide coating that doesn't create brake dust like a conventional disc. Porsche says PCSB creates 90 per cent less dust, and has a life 30 per cent longer.

The Taycan Turbo S features 420mm front and 410mm rear carbon ceramic brakes.

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22 Oct 2019

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The Taycan will be game changing and well worth the wait. I've been running a Cayenne e-Hybrid since August 2019 and can't speak highly enough of it. Tech is superb, spend most of the time running on the battery / electric motor but a seamless experience when you need the hybrid / petrol performance. The team at Jet Charge were great and a very easy install at home. I've fuelled the car up 4 times since August and have seen little difference in the power bill at home. Taycan will be next level I'm sure, though still not convinced about the looks.

Cathay Pacific - The Marco Polo Club

02 Jul 2018

Total posts 40

As they are all motors, would the Turbo models give "turbo" feel?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

29 May 2013

Total posts 67

Do the Turbo & Turbo S actually have turbos on them or is it just a naming gimmick? My understanding of turbos mean they force air into to engine to increase the bang which then gives you the extra power. Now if the combustion engine has been replaced by an electric motor how would a turbo work?


07 Jan 2011

Total posts 53

Correct, there are no actual turbos, the Turbo name is used to differentiate the different models.

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