Porsche will launch its first ever pure electric sports car this year. The coming of the Taycan is excitedly awaited by many – even by Tesla owners, too. Porsche’s new EV is scheduled to arrive at the end of the year.
The automaker’s boss Klaus Zellmer believes that the Taycan can be sold out in its first year of sale if all customers who have pre-ordered it buy it. According to Zellmer, more than fifty percent of potential buyers of the Taycan currently don’t have a Porsche, and many of them are even coming from Tesla.
Zellmer claimed that new customers are hailing from other brands as well – like Mercedes, BMW, and Audi. But the focus of the news here is Tesla, the most prominent EV maker today. It’s quite interesting is that people who were attracted to Tesla out of curiosity now seem to be attracted to the Porsche’s upcoming all-electric performance car.
Zellmer didn’t disclose the number of customers who have placed an order for the Taycan or the number of units to be built in 2019 and the following years. We have previously heard about Porsche’s plan to make around 20,000 Taycans per year, which seems to have been changed in last November when the company’s official said that the production would be increased by an unrevealed number due to high demand.
Anyway, the new sports car is expected to be offered in three variants include the base Taycan, the Taycan 4S with all-wheel drive, and the range-topping Taycan Turbo. The last model insists to bear the name Turbo despite the fact that such a title more often than not used for cars with internal combustion engines.
When it arrives, the Porsche Taycan could pose a threat to Tesla, which is the leader of the hottest electric car segment – this is what some people predict. And in case you think this won’t be a serious product, Porsche’s parent company Volkswagen Group has invested more than $1 billion in the “lively young horse”.
The Taycan is reportedly to pack an enormous 600 hp and have a driving range of more than 483 km. The base model will start in the low $90,000 while the 4S in the high $90,000. The top-end performance Turbo is the one that represents the company’s actual strategy; it will require you to shell out more than $130,000 if you want to drive one home.