Porsche is pursuing a three-pronged approach coinciding with the looming technology shift by introducing fully electric cars like the Taycan, developed under the project code name Mission E; plug-in hybrids; and combustion-engine vehicles that root back to the first 356. (It's a reference to the company's logo, with includes a leaping steed at its center.) "Our new electric sports auto is strong and dependable; it's a vehicle that can consistently cover long distances and that epitomizes freedom", said Porsche chairman Oliver Blume in a statement. With this setup, Porsche claims that the Taycan will complete a 0-100 km/h sprint in 3.5 seconds and take just under 12 seconds for a 0-200 km/h speed run.
And here we thought Porsche was slowly reverting to using numbers instead of those controversial names; when the current Boxster and Cayman were launched, Porsche added the 718 moniker. The Taycan is arguably the marque's most radical model in its 87-year history - being its first ever all-electric production vehicle.
The Mission E concept generates almost 600bhp via a lithium-ion battery and two electric motors, one on each axle. Previously known as the Mission E, it will henceforth be called the Taycan.More news: As G7 feuds, Xi and Putin play up their own club
We'll have more, including a first drive of the Taycan, as soon as we get it. Up until now, the Model S has been without any direct competition since its debut in 2012, although that is changing. It's an apt title for the freshest model in Porsche's stable.
The Taycan is the start of a broader electrification strategy at Porsche.
As for how much you'll have to spend to have one on your drive, that's another fact which Porsche is playing close to its corporate chest.
Porsche says a new paint shop, a dedicated assembly area, and a conveyor bridge for transporting the painted bodies and drive units to the final assembly area all are now being built. The engine plant is being expanded to manufacture electric motors.