Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

This name's Taycan: Porsche names electric sedan

This name's Taycan: Porsche names electric sedan

Taycan. That's the name Porsche have officially given to their upcoming all-electric vehicle which will be the Stuttgart automaker's first in its history.

According to Porsche, Taycan translates roughly from an unspecified "eastern dialect" as "lively young horse", in reference to the horse that features on the brand's shield logo.

Porsche has officially announced the name of its new electric GT auto and it's Porsche Taycan.

Porsche is also being ambitious with its range estimates, too, and claims the Taycan will be able to achieve 310 miles on a single charge. But the Taycan's floor-mounted batteries should give it an extremely low centre of gravity to allow for hunkered-down handling that's comparable with more focused performance machines.

In other Porsche news, the company has also revealed a new concept in honour of its 70th anniversary.

The 911 Speedster Concept aims to combine the aesthetics of the brand's very first auto - the 356 "No. 1" Roadster - and its vehicles of today.

Inside you get carbon fibre bucket seats and leather, but you'll have to make do without Sat Nav, and sort of sound system and even Air Con.

Mission E: Porsche names its first fully electric sports car the Taycan

The concept features details that celebrate Porsche's early racing days, such as the 1950s-style central fuel tank cap positioned in the middle of bonnet and the classic Talbot shape of the mirrors.

Underneath, it's all cutting edge 21st century knowhow.

As well as the running gear, the 911 Speedster's chassis is drawn from the GT3, priming it to be drop-top Porsche purist heaven. The 21-inch centre-locking wheels are created to look like old Fuchs and the side mirrors look like they have been picked straight out of the 365 Speedster.

The GT developers also contributed the exhaust system, which has titanium tailpipes.

There's a six-cylinder flat engine, which generates more than 370kW and will rev out to 9000rpm.

The concept uses a six-speed manual transmission and if the production version follows the example of the GT3, it will be offered with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed PDK transmission.

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