Porsche is set to enter the performance EV market in India with its Audi e-tron GT-rivalling Taycan. The German carmaker’s first all-electric car is expected to be available in three variants, including the high-performance Taycan Turbo S with up to 761hp on tap – 115hp more than the Audi RS e-tron GT, the most powerful EV currently on sale in India.
Also arriving alongside the much anticipated Taycan is the latest Macan facelift, which was revealed globally in July this year.
- Taycan to be available in 4S, Turbo and Turbo S guise
- Expected to be priced around Rs 2.5 crore
- Updated Macan to get more powerful engines
Porsche Taycan: what is it?
Revealed in 2019, the Taycan is Porsche’s first all-electric model and shares its underpinnings with the Audi e-tron GT that was recently launch in the country. The Taycan is expected to arrive in a choice of three variants, starting from a base 4S trim, the Turbo and the full-blown Turbo S with up to 761hp, making it the most powerful EV on sale in the country.
All-wheel drive is standard, with electric motors mounted to each axle. Starting with the Taycan 4S, the dual-motor set-up delivers up to 530hp with overboost activated and peak torque of 640Nm. Internationally, the 4S is available with two battery packs, a 79.2kWh unit and a larger 93.2kWh unit that boosts peak power to 571hp and 650Nm.
The Turbo and Turbo S meanwhile are solely available with the 93.2kWh battery pack and develop up to 680hp and 761hp, respectively, with Launch Control activated. Peak torque for the variants stands at 850Nm and 1,050Nm, respectively.
Against the clock, the 4S sprints from 0-100kph in a claimed 4.0sec, with the Turbo and Turbo S notably quicker at 3.2sec and 2.8sec, respectively.
Depending on the configuration, the Taycan will have a claimed WLTP range of up to 464km. It can be charged at 350kW, with the battery filling up from 5 percent to 80 percent in as little as in 20 minutes. A standard 11kW AC charger takes up to 9 hours for the same, while a 50kW DC fast charger accomplishes the task in about 93 minutes.
Like with the Panamera, the Taycan too follows the four-door coupe with the design in line with the Mission E concept from 2015. The Taycan also features some familiar Porsche design touches such as the headlamps with four LED DRL elements and a full-width lightbar at the rear.
Inside, the tech-heavy cabin can be optioned with as many as four screens up front, including a full-digital instrument cluster, two central touchscreens, and a display for the co-driver too. Expect Porsche to offer a range of options for buyers to spec up their Taycans.
As with the recent slew of luxury electric SUVs and sedans (e-tron GT), the Taycan will be a CBU import with prices expected to start north of Rs 2 crore.
Porsche Macan: what to expect?
Coming to the Macan, the updated model is expected to be the last facelift for the current-gen SUV. While the exterior does receive cosmetic tweaks, the more notable changes are to the cabin and under the hood.
Starting with the cabin, the dashboard features a revised centre console that houses a 10.9-inch touchscreen and touch-sensitive controls, replacing the older car’s physical buttons for a less cluttered look.
Under the hood, the entry-level 2.0-litre petrol now develops 20hp more, at 265hp, while the Macan S’ old 3.0-litre V6 makes way for the newer 2.9-litre V6 unit. Here too power is up by 26hp, to 380hp. Topping the range is a sportier GTS model featuring the same V6 as the S but tuned to put out 440hp and 549Nm of torque – similar to the older Macan Turbo.
As with the Taycan, the Macan too will arrive via the CBU route with prices expected to be in the region of Rs 75 lakh-95 lakh.