India-bound Porsche Taycan EV gains a bunch of new features

The Porsche Taycan electric sportscar that was teased in India at the first-ever Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Media Night this year is receiving several updates and new features for MY2021. EVW had reported from the VW Media Night that the launch of the electric luxury car in India will take place at the end of this year, but that timeline could be altered again because of the disruption COVID-19 has caused to Porsche India’s business.

2021 Porsche Taycan charging

One of the most significant updates in the 2021 Porsche Taycan is the Plug & Charge function. Users need to just connect the charging plug to the car, and the charging starts automatically. The same goes for payment. Do note that not all charging stations may support Plug & Charge function.

Plug & Charge already works at Ionity charging stations in Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and the Czech Republic. Twelve more countries will join this list in early 2021. In the USA and Canada, charging points at Electrify America and Electrify Canada respectively will start getting the support for this feature in early 2021.

Porsche has introduced a 22 kW on-board AC charger for the Taycan to speed up the charging by two times compared to the standard 11 kW on-board AC charger. The company will start offering it as an option from the end of this year.

The MY2021 revisions include a battery preservation function as well, which the driver can enable using the central display. It limits the charging capacity to around 200 kW at suitable charging stations, like the fast-charging stations from Ionity, for instance, if the driver has planned a considerably long break. This feature extends the service life of the battery pack and brings down the overall power loss at the time of charging. As standard, the driver can charge with a charging capacity of 270 kW using an 800-volt charger.

2021 Porsche Taycan gets ‘Smartlift’ chassis

Porsche Taycan interior press image
The Porsche Taycan comes with the standard three-chamber air suspension, Porsche Active Suspension Management, and Porsche’s 4D Chassis Control. At 0.22 Cd, it enjoys the reputation of one of the world’s most aerodynamic cars.

The Porsche Taycan is not only more eco-friendly but faster. That’s because the Turbo S variant accelerates from 0-200 km/h in 9.6 seconds with Launch Control. Previously the same feat took 9.8 seconds, and thus there’s an improvement of 0.2 seconds.

The Porsche Taycan will receive a new ‘Smartlift’ chassis function as part of the MY2021 update. This will allow customers to program the car’s adaptive air suspension such that it automatically raises in specific, regularly driven locations, like say garage driveways or speed breakers. When driving the vehicle on a highway, Smartlift can actively alter the ride height as required for ensuring the best balance between efficiency and driving comfort.

New colours, HUD & more

Also new in the 2021 Porsche Taycan is a colour head-up display, and that is an optional feature. Customers need not check all the options at the time of purchase. It is possible to add some non-hardware features via OTA updates, thanks to Function on Demand (FoD). Customers need not visit a dealership to install the software package required to enable the optional feature(s) purchased after the delivery. While Porsche Intelligent Range Manager (PIRM) was already available as one of these flexible upgrades, Active Lane Keep Assist and Porsche InnoDrive will enter the list now.

There are seven new exterior colour options for the 2021 Porsche Taycan: Cherry Metallic, Neptune Blue, Frozenberry Metallic, Coffee Beige Metallic, Mahogany Metallic and Ice Grey Metallic. Also, there are five new interior trim options: Blackberry leather, Blackberry/Slate Grey leather, Black/Limestone Beige (standard), Graphite Blue/Slate Grey Race-Tex and Basalt Black/Meranti Brown OLEA Club leather.

Porsche Taycan teased at VW Media Night 2020 India
India will get likely receive the Porsche Taycan Turbo S variant.

2021 Porsche Taycan variants

Porsche is offering the Taycan globally in 3 flavours – 4S, Turbo and Turbo S, featuring twin electric motors, a two-speed transmission and an 800-volt electric architecture. India will get the Turbo S variant, as per the teaser above.

The entry-level 4S comes standard with a 79.2-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery, and the larger 93.4-kWh battery pack of the Turbo and Turbo S is an option called the Performance Battery Plus. The base battery with the twin electric motors produces 522 hp, while the higher variant comes with 563 hp. The top speed is limited to 155 mph (250 kmph) while 0-100 kmph is dispatched well under 4 seconds. This variant would be ideal for the Indian market.

The Turbo and Turbo S produce a more generous 616 hp. The former takes 3.2 seconds to complete the 0-100 kmph dash and 450 km range per charge (WLTP) while the latter manages it in just 2.8 seconds with a 412 km range (WLTP). Both variants have a top speed of 259 km/h.

Porsche Taycan seats press image
The top-end Turbo S variant of the Porsche Taycan is fitted with rear-axle steering, Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes and 21-inch wheels (as opposed to 20-inch units).

We expect the Taycan to sell a few dozen units at best in India as the asking price, we estimate, would be around the INR 2.2 crore mark. At almost twice the price of a Tesla Model S, the Taycan is positioned to compete with gas-powered sportscars like the Mercedes AMG GT in the global marketplace.

Porsche had a record year in 2019 delivering 280,000 cars, a 10% jump from the previous year and is sustaining momentum in 2020 with the interest the Taycan has generated. The company had recorded over 32,000 bookings last year, even before the sportscar was launched and had added 500 new jobs at the Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen headquarters to boost production.