Production version of Porsche Mission E to be called 'Taycan'

No horsing around

Porsche announced Friday the name for its electric model, which was originally called Mission E, as part of the "70 years of Porsche Sports Cars" ceremony.

The Taycan has been dubbed the "Tesla-slayer" by some automotive journalists.

The Taycan "must be a Porsche first", Stefan Weckbach, vice president of Porsche's battery electric vehicle program, told The New York Times recently. The four-door, four-seat Taycan's floor-mounted batteries point to an extremely low centre of gravity and handling to match more focused performance machines.

The company also marked the occasion by revealing a 911 Speedster Concept, an open-top version of its iconic sports auto.

Porsche has billed the Taycan as a track-capable EV, created to support multiple jump starts in quick succession without power loss due to battery overheating.

Porsche will double spending on electrification of vehicles to more than 6 billion euros ($7.4 billion) by 2022 from $3.7 billion.

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This output should give the vehicle, which Webber admits is "heavier" than a standard Porsche due to its electric powertrain, a 0-62mph time of around three and a half seconds. But the Taycan's floor-mounted batteries should give it an extremely low centre of gravity to allow for hunkered-down handling that's comparable with more focused performance machines. It also plans a crossover version of the auto, as previewed by the Cross Turismo concept that made its debut at March's Geneva Motor Show.

The Taycan will have a great advantage with its 800-volt, 350-kw charging system. It's also expanding an existing engine plant to build electric drivelines. The new architecture the vehicle introduces will be used as a base for a fully electric model from Bentley.

It's worth noting that the Taycan name only applies to the Mission E sedan and not its Cross Turismo SUV-ish variant.

A screengrab from the Porsche Taycan name announcement video.

Porsche is talking about a 800-volt system that should allow a charge rate of up to 350 kW, which could charge the auto up to 80% in only 15 minutes.

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