This name's Taycan: Porsche names electric sedan

Porsche 356 Carrera

Whilst Porsche didn't say which of the two would be named Taycan, it's safe to assume (see below) that the sports auto model will receive the name as it's slated to begin production next year. Production is set to begin in 2019.

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.

For those curious, Taycan means "lively young horse" in the Eurasian tongue.

"Our new electric sports auto is strong and dependable; it's a vehicle that can consistently cover long distances and that epitomises freedom".

No details on when the Taycan will reveal itself in full but based on Mark Webber's time with a development unit, the electric sports auto certainly appeared to impressed the former F1 and Le Mans racing driver.

Powering the vehicle is two permanently excited synchronous motors with a total system output of over 600bhp.

The name Macan is derived from the Indonesian word for tiger, with connotations of suppleness, power, fascination and dynamics.

The Taycan is just one part of Porsche's future electrification strategy, to which it is investing over 6 billion euros (around R92bn) between now and 2022.

As you'd expect, these improvements will also involve the Porsche headquarters in Zuffenhausen, which will gain a new paint shop, dedicated assembly area for the Taycan and an expansion of the existing engine plant to manufacture electric drives as well as the body shop.

At the Porsche headquarters in Zuffenhausen, a new paint shop, dedicated assembly area for the Taycan and a conveyor bridge for transporting the painted bodies and drive units to the final assembly area are now being constructed.

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