The next-generation Porsche Taycan has been unveiled and it definitely needs our attention. The newest electric sports car is full of futuristic tech but brings an old-school colorway straight from the 90’s. The 2022 Porsche Taycan comes with considerable changes. Keep in mind we’re talking about a Porsche, so this is reflected in not just the car’s iconic design but also some of the tech supporting it.
The Taycan is a statement, mainly for Porsche, as it launches in four-door option, rather than the beetle-derived visage which the more traditional 911 and 718 family has historically followed. It’s not difficult to see Porsche’s other four-door offering in this car’s design, but it’s clear there’s a lot going on with Zuffenhausen’s first electric vehicle.
Porsche claims the real-world range of the latest Taycans will be greater in day-to-day use. However, the WLTP figures will remain identical to the 2021 model, which offers up to 300 miles of range depending on the configuration. Basically, new software should give the new Taycans the ability to cover a few more miles, but the official figures may not reflect that.
Although the batteries and two electric motors will stay the same, the next-generation Taycan’s electric powertrain offers improved thermal management and charging. That’s thanks to a Turbo Charging Planner that heats the battery to reduce charge times. However, Porsche hasn’t given exact figures regarding how long it takes to charge the battery.
But the Taycan’s battery deserves a special mention. In terms of passenger cars, it’s one of the largest on the market. Electric vehicles are measured in kWh/100km instead of L/100km, and some, like the Hyundai Kona EV, can be as trim as 11kWh/100km. The Taycan’s official measured consumption on the WLTP cycle comes in at a minimum of 22.9kWh/100km.
Another highlight includes a new Remote Park Assist system that allows the car to enter or exit a parking space without a driver behind the wheel. You can activate the system from inside the car or do it all via an app on your smartphone. This will prove particularly useful if you’ve scored a tight parking spot that offers no room to open the doors.
And moving to the great question: the Taycan has many of the elements of a modern Porsche, but does it actually feel like one? At first, the signs are good. The Taycan is one of the few electric cars which manages to keep a properly sporty driving position, with bits of the underfloor battery storage shaped to facilitate a proper pose.
Porsche continues to give a certain ambiance and feel to all of its cars and this extends to the newest model. But as a four-door car, it’s no 911. It feels more like a tech tour-de-force, with its digital features front and center, communicating the complexities of what lies beneath.
Certainly, the acceleration feels like other electric cars, with a linear and sanitary surge forward, without the raw clatter usually associated with Porsche’s internal-combustion engines. And while there’s no doubt this car is rapid, but perhaps not as involving as it could be when accelerating in a straight line, the suspension is surreal. The way it transforms from a bumbling EV into an alarmingly agile, accurate, and rapid machine is really impressive.
Porsche has also added Android Auto into the infotainment system, upgraded the voice assistant, and streamlined the satellite navigation system to improve the overall driving experience.
And surely we must mention the new color palette. The Paint to Sample scheme offers 65 additional colors, including shades like Acid Green Rubystone Red that come with a good whack of nostalgia. In fact, the carmaker even photographed the new Taycan next to a 964- gen 911 for a full ‘90s fantasy. The Paint to Sample Plus option, meanwhile, allows you to pick any shade you desire.
Will these changes be enough to win the hearts of Porsche enthusiasts? Only time will tel