Four years after Porsche showed us the original Mission E concept, the 2020 Taycan is finally here, ahead of its public premiere at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. Porsche's new EV arrives on the heels of numerous teasers, a hatchback concept (that we later drove) and the construction of a new plant to build the company's first battery-electric vehicle. Plenty of testing allowed it to claim a record lap time around the Nürburgring's Nordschleife for a four-door electric car. We've even gone for a ride in a prototype.
Likely even more important to buyers is that there'll finally be a real alternative to the Tesla Model S that has ruled the large luxury electric sedan roost. Whether or not Porsche will be able to loosen Tesla's stranglehold on the segment remains to be seen, but attractive looks, gonzo performance and a tech-laden cabin appear to put the Taycan in the position to do just that when it goes on sale later this year.
The Porsche Taycan drew more than a few gasps when it debuted. Not only did it take people's breath away with its aesthetics, which looked largely unchanged from the curvaceous Mission E concept, Porsche's first electric car also hit people with a hard dose of reality by way of the window sticker, which at the time started with the $150,900 Taycan Turbo.
Whether or not you're comparing it to other well-equipped EVs like the Tesla Model S, the Taycan's price was certainly an eye-opener. But thankfully, the Turbo isn't the only trim in town. Following its initial debut, Porsche unveiled a much more affordable Taycan 4S, and after spending a day with this variant in the mountains north of Los Angeles, I'm of the belief that the $103,800 Taycan 4S is the one to get.
I'm no stranger to seeing phones and thumbs-ups from passersby when behind the wheel of something new and flashy, but the attention directed at the Taycan 4S is on a whole 'nother level. Whether it's the dude in the Saab convertible who had about 100 questions in rush-hour traffic or the Audi Q3 driver behind me who kept subtly whipping out their phone, the Taycan breaks necks on the road. As it should -- the darn thing looks like a UFO, especially from the back, where a single unbroken taillight cuts across an otherwise featureless rear fascia.
We get an early ride in a Porsche 911 GT3 prototype.
Porsche's Andreas Preuninger takes us for a spin in the hotly anticipated new 911 GT3.
Porsche's EV now holds the record for longest continuous drift of an electric car.
Production will reportedly take place in Germany and the Audi version will come first.
Well-heeled socialites who buy a limited-edition Phenom 300E private also jet get a special 911 Turbo S.
If you buy an exclusive private jet, you also get a limited-edition Porsche 911 Turbo S.
The Taycan EV is now part of the lineup at the Porsche Experience Center in Carson, California.
A day at the Porsche Experience Center shows off this EV's performance chops and the unique driving approach needed to maximize its abilities.