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The Upcoming Porsche Taycan Promises Enhanced Electric Vehicle Performance And Extended Range

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It’s remarkable to consider that the Porsche Taycan platform has already had a five-year existence, particularly as someone who has owned a 2020 Porsche Taycan 4S (bought new) for a period of two years. Time truly does pass quickly! In a nutshell, I cherished the vehicle for its driving experience, though there were challenges when it came to real-world scenarios. As a previous owner and Porsche aficionado, I have closely monitored the development of the Taycan and its position within the electric vehicle sector.

On the whole, Porsche has consistently improved the Taycan over time by enhancing performance and introducing new body types such as the more rugged and practical Taycan Cross Turismo. Depending on your locale, the presence of electric vehicle infrastructure might be a factor to ponder, thus Porsche is meeting its commitment towards the advancement of electric cars.

Noteworthy Enhancements

This sentiment holds particularly true at present, with Porsche recently divulging details on the forthcoming 2025 model year Porsche Taycan lineup. It’s not a complete overhaul, but it appears that the 2025 Porsche Taycan will incorporate some of the most notable alterations we’ve witnessed for the platform in an annual comparison.

Performance Boost

Porsche has already shared power specifications for the top-of-the-line Turbo S variants, although further details regarding the other trims are still awaited. For the Turbo S, a robust 764 hp is produced in standard driving mode—around 10 hp more than the previous year’s models—but there’s also a new “push-to-pass” function that temporarily elevates power output to an impressive 857 hp for 10 seconds. This function is available on vehicles equipped with Performance Battery Plus and the Sport Chrono package.

The name implies its utility for overtaking on highways (since 764 hp might not suffice), yet it stirs curiosity about its other potential uses. Activating launch mode further increases power, offering an almost unbelievable 938 hp for the 0-60 mph sprint in under 2 seconds and beyond. Without providing further specifics, Porsche also states that the forthcoming base model (rear-wheel drive Taycan sedan) has managed to improve its 0-60 mph time from 5.1 seconds to 4.5 seconds.

The Porsche Taycan will uphold its “repeatable performance” traits, ensuring that the vehicle consistently delivers its peak performance even when driven aggressively for prolonged periods, and doesn’t switch to a “limp mode” as the battery charge depletes. This quality has distinguished it from competitors, and that remains the reality.

Range & Charging

For those not accustomed to daily electric vehicle usage, these details might appear trivial, if not wholly unimportant. However, individuals grappling with range concerns and unpleasant charging experiences will welcome the enhancements Porsche has made to the Taycan in these areas. As someone who understands this, I must say these are the most pivotal and potentially game-changing upgrades implemented on the platform thus far.

Testing of the latest 2025 Porsche Taycan prototype has uncovered substantial range enhancements, with up to 340 miles achievable on a single charge. This represents over 100 additional miles of range compared to the 2024 models, a considerable advancement indeed. Performance models like the Turbo S are anticipated to achieve slightly less, yet attaining 300 miles per charge is feasible, indicating a significant leap forward from the unimpressive (and EPA-rated) 201 miles of the 2020 iteration.

I don’t believe charging times have been a concern for many Taycan owners, partially because the limited range cap on prior models naturally reduced charging times, even though it wasn’t the optimal selling point for the feature. Nevertheless, the enhanced range now permits quicker charging, with speeds of up to 320 kW (up from 270 kW) attainable at an 800-volt DC rapid-charging station.

Consequently, the Porsche Taycan now has the ability to recharge from 10% to 80% in a mere 18 minutes, despite the enhanced range and a 105 kWh gross Performance Plus battery capacity (up from 93 kWh). Similarly, the standard battery capacity has been boosted to 89 kWh from 79 kWh. Porsche affirms that charging speeds have been refined for lower-speed solutions owing to a new on-board 150 kW DC-to-DC converter. Brake regeneration capabilities have also been improved, with up to 400 kW rechargeable by decelerating from higher speeds.

Subtle Enhancements

Enhanced Active Chassis Systems

For the first time, adaptive air suspension is standard across all Taycan variants. Porsche Active Ride suspension can also be selected for any of the all-wheel drive models. This novel 800-volt electrohydraulic system supersedes the 48-volt motors setup used in the prior Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control system. This enables any Taycan with this feature to further minimize roll whilst concurrently compensating for pitch during acceleration and braking, maintaining a level body during dynamic high-g force scenarios.

Reduced Weight

While this iteration of the Taycan was never going to reach the same weight as its internal combustion engine equivalent, it has managed to shed some excess. The new battery—despite being larger—actually weighs 20 lbs. less than earlier versions, and a lighter rear motor also assists the Porsche Taycan Turbo S in tipping the scales at 5,050 lbs. of curb weight (down from 5,101 lbs.).

Cosmetic Adjustments

Efforts have been made to enhance the fundamentals, though the 2025 model wasn’t designed as a “complete redesign” by any means. In terms of exterior aesthetics, the vehicle maintains an identical silhouette to its predecessors, with only a few subtle alterations requiring close inspection to be discerned. A detailed examination would reveal a more sleek LED headlamp design and some discreet adjustments made to the front fascia and rear bumper. Turbo and Turbo S variations additionally possess their own distinct characteristics, with additional vents being integrated as aforementioned. The front fenders have also been reimagined to accommodate the universal design adjustments.

The 2025 Porsche Taycan now includes an illuminated rendition of the Porsche emblem embedded in the rear light strip as a standard feature on Turbo and Turbo S models, and optional on other variants. Additionally, fresh color choices have been introduced to differentiate the 2025 models from previous ones. Within the cabin, novel equipment packages offer amenities like Race-Tex and Pepita houndstooth patterns, and leather-free interiors can be chosen as an option across all Taycan models.

Standard features for the 2025 models encompass a heated steering wheel, wireless smartphone charging, ambient interior lighting, and the Porsche Intelligent Range Manager, which collaborates with the navigation system to determine the most efficient route by analyzing real-time traffic and incorporating charging station locations. Apple CarPlay+ is also compatible with the 2025 models, providing new options such as climate control access without needing to switch in and out of the application, and the chance to legally operate the In-Car Video function via the passenger display screen while the vehicle is in motion, with a uni-directional filter preventing the driver from seeing the screen. Video streaming is also possible on the central display when the vehicle is parked.

The new 2025 Porsche Taycan sedan and Cross Turismo models are currently available for order, with the GTS trim set to arrive later. First deliveries for US customers are anticipated in the third quarter of the 2024 calendar year.

The manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for each of the current 2025 Porsche Taycan models is as follows:

– Taycan: $99,400
– Taycan 4 Cross Turismo: $111,100
– Taycan 4S: $118,500 / Taycan 4S Cross Turismo: $125,200
– Taycan Turbo: $173,600 / Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo: $176,300
– Taycan Turbo S: $209,000 / Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo: $211,700

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