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Big news as Porsche sets out to build the world's best electric car

Porsche Taycan Saloon (19 on)
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PROS

  • The word from Germany is that it's seriously fast
  • Expect the handling to be of the highest order, too
  • It could well deliver more than 300 miles of range

CONS

  • It's going to be very expensive to buy outright
  • You'll need access to rapid chargers to make the most of it
  • Will enthusiasts miss that all-imporant engine noise?

PROS

  • The word from Germany is that it's seriously fast
  • Expect the handling to be of the highest order, too
  • It could well deliver more than 300 miles of range

CONS

  • It's going to be very expensive to buy outright
  • You'll need access to rapid chargers to make the most of it
  • Will enthusiasts miss that all-imporant engine noise?

Porsche Taycan Saloon rivals

Though not yet revealed in its final showroom form, the Porsche Taycan heralds the arrival of a slinky electric five-door coupe set to join the German sports car manufacturer's range late in 2019. Previewed as a concept car in 2015, the Taycan aims to be the fastest, most sporting electric car that you can buy – without resorting to buying an all-electric hypercar.

Designed to spearhead Stuttgart’s electric ambitions, the Taycan promises to deliver the Porsche driving and ownership experience through and through – minus the usual engine note we are so used to hearing from the archetypal flat-configuration engines. Currently, rivals for the Taycan are few and far between: the established Tesla Model S appears to be its most obvious competitor, but buyers may well be swayed by similarly sporting top-end EVs from BMW and Mercedes-Benz – as well as Jaguar, if speculatiuon about its electric replacement for the F-Type proves true.

When will the 2019 Porsche Taycan go on sale?

Customers will be able to order the Taycan during 2019, although it could be early 2020 before British customers get their hands on their cars. So far, we still haven’t seen a production version of this battery electric vehicle (BEV) – though our sister site CAR magazine has snapped prototypes of the new zero-emission coupe in dynamic, high-speed testing.

As for the name, Taycan is derived from various Eurasian languages meaning something close to 'lively young horse'. No, we're not sure what the link is either...

How fast will it be?

Expect the Taycan’s performance to be wholly appropriate for a car graced with Porsche badging: we wouldn’t bet against a 0-62mph time of under 3.5 seconds, while its top speed could be in excess of 155mph if the sports car manufacturer decides not to cap it to prevent battery wastage.

That urgency is delivered courtesy of a pair of electric motors – power and torque figures to be announced – driving all four wheels. Handling should be good too, and that’s partly because Porsche has mounted the batteries at the bottom of the Taycan’s underpinnings, keeping the centre of gravity low, and reducing bodyroll.

What’s more, it should be impressively agile as it’ll be borrowing the same four-wheel steering system seen on the 911 GT3.

Porsche Taycan interior and dashboard

How quickly will it charge?

Porsche is targeting a 311-mile range, but is keen to stress that fast-charging could give you 250 of those miles in around 20 minutes. To do that, you’ll need to find one of Porsche’s ultra-fast 800-volt chargers. They’re extremely scarce now, but with enough investment, the picture should change over the coming years.

However, like with almost every other electric car, owners will be encouraged to have a wallbox installed at home for overnight charging on lower-rate electricity tariffs.

How much will the Porsche Taycan cost?  

Porsche says the Taycan will fit somewhere between the Cayenne and the Panamera in terms of price, and should be between the 911 and Panamera in size. But the word we're hearing is that you'll be looking at around £120,000 for a fully-loaded version with the highest power output.

Expect it to form the basis of a range of electric Porsches if the crossover design cues of the Mission E Cross Turismo concept shown at the 2018 Geneva motor show is anything to go by. And don't bet against a more overtly sporting two-door version to follow later…

Will it be the end of the 911 as we know it? Don't bet against it.

Porsche Taycan rear three-quarter view in white

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Porsche Taycan Saloon rivals