Porsche first showcased its upcoming four-door electric sports car, the Mission E, at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show and now, as the vehicle approaches its release date, the firm has announced its vanity name.
Going forward, the Porsche Mission E will be known as the Porsche Taycan (pronounced ‘tie-con’), which translates to “lively young horse” in German – a reference to the stallion that forms the automaker’s world-famous emblem.
“Our new electric sports car is strong and dependable; it’s a vehicle that can consistently cover long distances and that epitomizes freedom,” said Oliver Blume, CEO of Porsche AG, in a statement issued to digital outlet The Verge last week.
The Taycan entered the final phase of development – full-body prototype testing – back in November 2017, indicating that Porsche is on track to release the vehicle in select markets, including the United Kingdom, sometime in 2019.
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The £100,000-ish prototype it showcased in Frankfurt featured a two-motor setup, producing a mind-boggling 590bhp and driving 663lb ft of torque to the rear wheels. The firm is also expected to release a pricier four-wheel-drive model.
But the latest prototype Porsche is toying with has been subjected to a bump in the power department: The dual-motor now produces more than 600bhp, rocketing the vehicle from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3.5 seconds, according to recent reports.
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