November 20, 2019, Stuttgart – Porsche AG premiered the latest Taycan 4S, Macan Turbo and the 99X Electric in the US at the LA Auto Show on November 20, 2019.
The all-electric Porsche Taycan 4S four-door sports saloon took the centre stage on Porsche stand, which now becomes the starting point of a range that has until now only consisted of the Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S.
Taycan 4S is available with two battery sizes – performance battery generates up to 390 kW (523 hp), while the performance battery plus offers 420 kW (563 hp) overboost power.
“A year ago, we introduced the new generation of the 911 in Los Angeles. Now we follow up with the Taycan – the first all-electric sorts car from Porsche. California has been like a second home for Porsche for many decades. It’s where the world’s biggest 911 fan base is.
“With the Taycan, we connect our past to the future and we will continue the Porsche success story,” said its chairman of the executive board Oliver Blume in a statement.
Along side the Taycan, Porsche has also premiered the new Macan Turbo. With 434 hp, it assumed flagship status among Porsche compact SUV sports cars. In conjunction of Porsche’s debut i Formula E on 22nd and 23rd of November, 2019, the Porsche 99X Electric, the brand’s first all-electric racing car was also on display at the LA Auto Show.
The Taycan 4S is the third version of the electric sports car and the new starting point of the electric line-up. A single-deck performance battery with a gross capacity of 79.2 kWh is fitted as standard, while the two-deck performance battery plus with a gross capacity of 93.4 kWh, like the one found in the Taycan Turbo S and Taycan Turbo is available as an option.
Therefore, the power output and range vary correspondingly. With the performance battery, the Taycan 4S generates up to 523 hp overboost power, while the performance plus delivers up to 563 hp. Both variants is able to complete the century sprint in 4 seconds and the top speed is rated at 250 kph. Range wise, the performance battery can travel up to 407 km and 463 km with the performance battery plus, in accordance with WLTP in each case. Maximum charging power (peak) is 225 kW for the performance battery, and 270 kW for the performance battery plus.
The permanently excited synchronous motor on the rear axle has an active length of 130 mm, which makes it 80 mm shorter than the one in Taycan Turbo S and Taycan Turbo. With motors on the front and rear axles to facilitate all-wheel drive, as well as a two-speed transmission on the rear axle, the drive architecture of the 4S comprises the same main technical highlights as its siblings.
With its clean and purist design, the Taycan signals the beginning of a new era, at the same time, it retains the unmistakable Porsche design DNA. There are also innovative elements such as the glass-effect Porsche logo, which is integrated in the continuous light bar at the rear.
The cockpit also signals the start of a new era with its clear structure and completely new architecture. It features the free-standing, curved instrument cluster forms the highest point on the dashboard. A central 10.9-inch infotainment display and an optional passenger display are combined to form an integrated glass band in a black-panel look.
Porsche uses a centrally networked control system for the Taycan’s chassis. The integrated Porsche 4D Chassis Control analyses and synchronises all chassis systems in real time. The Taycan 4S also features the adaptive air suspension with three-chamber technology including Porsche Active Suspension Management electronic damper control as standard. It is also equipped with the red-painted six-piston aluminium monobloc fixed-caliper brakes at the front and four-piston aluminium calipers at the rear. The internally vented cast iron brake discs have a diameter of 360mm at the front and 358 mm at the rear.
As for the Macan Turbo, the company SUV runs on the 2.9-litre six-cylinder biturbo engine that offers 434 hp, 10 percent more power than its predecessor. With the optional sports chrono package the Macan Turbo can dash to 100 kph from standstill in 4.3 seconds, three-tenths faster than before. It has top speed of 270 kph.
The Macan Turbo also features the the high-performance Porsche Surface Coated Brake system that is fitted as standard. It produces up to 90 percent less brake dust compared to the conventional cast iron brakes.
Macan Turbo is characterised by the styling trends of the revised model generation. It sets itself apart thanks to the unique accents such as the Turbo-specific front end and the fixed roof spoiler with its double-wing design. Occupants will benefit from the Macan’s enhanced interior, which includes the adaptive 18-way sports seats and a BOSE® surround sound system.
Porsche 99X Electric
Porsche is returning to formula racing after absent for more than 30 years. With the Porsche 99X Electric, the company is establishing a works presence in the 2019/2020 ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
The associated reorganisation of motorsport commitments is derived from the Porsche Strategy 2025 plan, in which both purist GT road-going sports cars and all electric sports cars feature. A presence, and indeed success, in motorsport with electrically powered racing cars is an important part of the company’s ‘Mission E’ strategy.
Porsche 99X Electric will also serve as a development platform for future all-electric production road cars. The centrepiece of this fully electric racing car is th Porsche E-Performance powertrain, the development of which has played a central role from the start.
Formula E regulations stipulate a standard chassis and battery, while the drive technology is developed by the manufacturer. In mid-October, the Tag Heuer Porsche Formula E team has completed three days of intensive testing on the Circuit Ricardo Tormo near Valencia. This was the first time on track with the other teams competing in Season 6 of the ABB FIA Formula E championship 2019/2020 and it provided valuable experience for the works team and its two regular drivers, Neel Jani and Andre Lotterer.
The first two races for the Tag Heuer Porsche Formula E team take place at the Diriyah E-Prix on the outskirt of Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) on November 22, and 23, 2019.