Porsche Taycan to Hit Dealerships This September
After many months of waiting, Porsche fans will finally be able to buy the future when the Taycan goes on sale this fall.
If it feels like we've been waiting for the Porsche Taycan (formerly known as the Mission E) for forever, we don't blame you. It's been many months since Porsche first graced our eyeballs with its first-ever all-electric vehicle, but now it looks like our long wait is finally almost over.
Spilling the Beans
Porsche recently announced the news themselves, ending months of speculation as to a concrete date for the Taycan. We've known for some time that the Taycan was close to production, as the automaker even released some photos of cars being built not too long ago.
This latest news comes to us as Porsche is wrapping up some pretty extensive testing of the Taycan in extreme climates like the Arctic Circle. But those kinds of things are critical for an electric car's success.
From the cold north to the heat of South Africa and Dubai, several Taycans have been soldiering on for a greater purpose. Porsche says that they have tested the car in 30 countries in total, in temperatures ranging from -35 to 50 degrees Celsius.
“After carrying out computer simulations and comprehensive bench tests early on, we have now reached the final phase of this demanding testing program,” said Taycan vice president Stefan Weckbach.
“Before the Taycan is launched on the market at the end of the year, we will have covered approximately six million kilometers across the globe. We are already very happy with the current status of the vehicles. The Taycan is going to be a true Porsche,” adds Weckbach.
That testing didn't include (at least yet) a trip around the famed Nurburgring. But engineers did take the Taycan on a "virtual" test drive around the legendary course, during which they recorded a sub-eight minute lap time.
Porsche says it has already collected deposits for the new Taycan from 20,000 people worldwide. Which should have fellow all-electric performance car manufacturer Tesla pretty nervous. Especially when you look at the numbers.
Porsche says the Taycan will do 0-60 in "significantly less than 3.5 seconds" and offer a 310-mile range. So long as it also debuts with a competitive price, Tesla will be facing its biggest direct challenge to date.
Porsche fans obviously have mixed reactions when it comes to the Taycan, and that's to be expected. But you have to give the iconic automaker credit for recognizing that electric power is an important part of our future, then acting on it by building a very desirable vehicle to fill that market segment.
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