The All-Electric Porsche Taycan Is Here, And We've Got the Photos To Prove It

A stunning sneak peek at Porsche's would-be Tesla killer.
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Starting its life as the Mission E project, Porsche's finally-announced Taycan is set to roll into production for 2019. Translating as “lively young horse”--a reference to the center of Porsche’s historic crest--the Taycan represents an extraordinary investment in Porsche’s continued leadership in performance and innovation on the roads of the future.

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The Taycan itself is a marvel in terms of style and performance. Sporting looks somewhat similar to the Panamera, it’s no real surprise that Porsche has opted for their first fully-electric vehicle to choose the versatility of four-doors and a proper trunkspace seeing how well the touring class has done for them recently.

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The Taycan does have an overall meaner look than the family-friendly Panamera, though. There are plenty of scoops that surround the front and side of the car for better aerodynamics and a more menacing front end that’s hard not to swoon over. Huge curves on the fenders and a big round ass on the Taycan round out the striking style of the Mission E's awesome offspring.

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Stunning looks aside, the true test of the Taycan is its ability to compete with the likes of Tesla in terms of performance. The Taycan actually has a lower center of gravity than a 911 and the tech in the motors has been so fine-tuned that Porsche feels comfortable saying that the Taycan, through and through, has the DNA of the Porsche brand in terms of the way it drives. 

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That’s a lofty claim to make, especially without announcing 0-60 figures but, if driving a Taycan can truly deliver the exhilaration people have come to expect of a Porsche and boast a 500 km range (310 miles) then this may be the Tesla-alternative the world has been waiting for.

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Since the all-electric route puts them in direct competition with Tesla, Porsche seems hyper-aware that the Taycan’s interior needs to surpass that of the Tesla S. And they have. 

There is some serious wow-factor for the wall-to-wall clusters of screens for all the instrumentation and controls; behind the wheel, on the dash and on the center console. All those screens are then wrapped in a tight, leather gut that hug you like a race car would but with a thoroughly futuristic look.

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Last but not least, the Taycan’s trim contribute to the overall future stylings of the car. Unique LED headlights, hideaway door handles, a secret, sliding charging port and a carbon fiber front lip are the details expected from a Porsche that’s setting the precedent for the future of the brand. 

Taycan Production

Now that the company has invested $6 billion and is hiring another 1200 employees to carry the original Mission E philosophy to the rest of their lineup, expect to see the Taycan’s cues in many more Porsches moving forward.