Porsche Taycan spied up-close with detailed shots in Arctic Circle testing
18 February 2019 - autoblog
We haven't seen Porsche's EV this close before
We all want more details on the electric Porsche Taycan, and this new batch of spy photos taken in the Arctic Circle is one way to attain some additional information on the first pure electric from the German sports car company. Our spy photographers were able to get impressively close to the Taycan and capture detail shots of parts we were only able to guess at before.
The massive rotors and huge yellow calipers are a reassuring sign as to this car's track-worthiness. Porsche has repeatedly said it will be capable of sustained lapping, and those brakes certainly look up to the task. Then there are the wheels. The design looks similar to some options currently up for grabs on various trims of the Panamera. Close-up shots of the charging port and door handles that pop out are neat. The mechanism looks similar to the pop-out door handles on the new 992 911.
Physical design elements of the car are just as covered up as they have been, unfortunately. Looking through the Taycan's front grille/fascia, we can see what appear to be a couple small radiators tucked away. Radar and camera modules sit low to the ground in the lower surround, as well. The headlights are still covered up by stickers, but we can see Porsche's quad-LED design lit up through them.
Nothing looks to have changed on the Taycan out back. Porsche is still using those ridiculous fake exhaust outlets that don't trick anybody. One of them looks like it has some sort of tow hook attached to it on this prototype. Cladding, vinyl and other black camouflage do a decent job of making sure we don't actually get to see design details with these up-close photos. The full-width taillight is definitely still alive and kicking on this car, though. Shots with the trunk open reveal what appears to be a fairly capacious space. It's difficult to know for sure with the giant car cover stuffed inside. Being this close, it would've been great to see interior photos, but we weren't that lucky.
Pricing information got out for the Taycan a couple of months ago — the base car is going to start at about $90,000, with the "Turbo" going for over $130,000. Porsche still claims the Taycan will feature 800-volt charging. This means you'll be able to recharge the battery to 80 percent in as little as 20 minutes. The latest Taycan news from Porsche also claims it's doubling production plans due to demand for the electric car.