Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
IT&Software | By Alfonso Woods

Porsche names its first fully electric sports auto the Taycan

Porsche names its first fully electric sports auto the Taycan

Porsche AG announced earlier this year that by 2022 the sports auto manufacturer will invest more than 6 billion euros in electromobility, focusing on both plug-in hybrids and purely electric vehicles.

A production version of the 911 Speedster is expected to arrive next year.

Nods to Porsche history include a centre fuel filler, "Talbot" mirrors, "taped" headlights, silver white paint job and low fly line, influenced by the original 356 1500 Speedster which started the Speedster lineage.

Taycan, a combination of the words "tay" and "can" in Turkish, is the second Turkish name used after Touran was used by the Volkswagen Group, according to a report in Turkish daily Habertürk.

Taycan translates roughly to "lively young horse", referencing the leaping steed in the Porsche crest.

Porsche 911 Speedster Concept Double Bubble View
Porsche 911 Speedster Concept Double Bubble View

Last week Porsche officially announced the name of the production version of the Mission E electric auto, the Porsche Taycan.

Called the Porsche 911 Speedster Concept, the model is essentially a GT3 with its roof removed and with styling elements that pay tribute to the open top version of the marque's first vehicle - the legendary 356 Speedster.

Prototypes of the Porsche Taycan electric saloon have been undergoing development testing for several months. The rakish four-door electric coupe will take on the Tesla Model S, offering a blend of performance, driver involvement and electric range to challenge its USA rival.

Previewed in a series of exclusive images, the Taycan will bear a close resemblance to the concept in shape and style, but the rear-hinged back doors and matrix LED headlamps will be adapted for production. The brand's upcoming electric vehicle will be powered by two motors which provide a combined output of 600 PS. Crucially, we're told the performance will be repeatable with the electric auto able to accelerate hard "over and over again without losing performance".

Porsche is the latest in a long line of companies that decided to make an extra buck by charging monthly fees to people in need of information about their electric vehicles. This electric vehicle not only signifies the German carmaker's entry in the zero emission pure electric mobility sector, but the auto is also expected to bring many first ever features for the brand. The variants, of which there is likely to be three, will vary from around 400bhp up to 600bhp. Porsche CEO Oliver Blume told Auto Express: "We will think of different options and there will be more than one, with different levels of power". The auto is going to be the first ever electric vehicle of the German brand and it will be launched in India in early 2020 after the global launch in the fourth quarter of 2019.

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