Porsche has released new images that reveal more of the upcoming Taycan electric saloon ahead of the model’s full unveiling at the September Frankfurt motor show.
Despite the prototype’s heavy camouflage, its front end can be seen to bear a heavy resemblance to the current 718 Cayman and Boxster sports cars. The “soul, electrified” slogan featured on the windscreen and bonnet is representative of Porsche’s intention to produce a competitive electric sports car without losing sight of the brand’s heritage.
Test cars spotted last month showcase styling heavily influenced by the original Mission E concept, as well as a charging port in the car’s right front wing. Details such as a retractable rear spoiler, advanced regenerative braking system and Tesla-style retracting door handles can also be seen.
Late last year, officials revealed the Tesla Model S rival had entered the second phase of prototype production at Porsche’s headquarters in Zuffenhausen, on the outskirts of Stuttgart, Germany.
The Taycan is the first in an extended line-up of electric models being developed in a programme budgeted to cost up to £5.3 billion through to the end of 2022. It marks a radical departure from Porsche’s traditional line-up, bringing zero-emissions running together with the promise of what the new car’s lead engineer, Stefan Weckbach, describes as a “typical Porsche driving experience”.
When it goes on sale in the UK, the Taycan will be positioned between the £55,965 Cayenne SUV and £67,898 Panamera five-door coupé in a move that will set the scene for the introduction of other new electric Porsches, including a mid-engined sports car in the mould of the existing 718 and an SUV similar in size to the Macan.
Porsche confirmed production capacity for the Taycan is set for between 20,000 and 25,000 per year on a two-shift basis, but that volumes could be significantly increased if demand warrants it through the addition of a third shift and contingency plans that could lead to the Taycan being produced in other Volkswagen Group factories.