At India’s first VW Media Night yesterday, Porsche India ‘teased’ the Taycan as its future offering, indirectly confirming that it would be importing the Turbo S variant. Contrary to expectations, Porsche did not display the Taycan at the Media Night, using the stage to show the Porsche 911 cabriolet.
EVW understands that Porsche India is now looking at a year-end launch for its first mass-produced electric sportscar that is high demand in the global market. Porsche had a record year in 2019 delivering 280,000 cars, a 10 percent jump from the previous year and expects to sustain 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.
Porsche is offering the Taycan globally in 3 flavours – 4S, Turbo and Turbo S, featuring twin electric motors, a two-speed transmission and a 800-volt electric architecture.
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.
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 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.