Porsche has confirmed that its first full-electric car, the Taycan, will top 310 miles of range, sprint to 62mph in less than 3.5 seconds and produce more than 592bhp (600ps) from twin electric motors powering all four wheels.
The 0-62mph figure puts the Taycan — called the Mission E when it was under development — one full second behind the full-fat Tesla Model S P100D, but more than half a second faster than the non-performance 100D. Porsche claims that acceleration is "well under" 3.5 seconds, stopping short of providing an actual figure, while it claims 124mph is achieved in less than 12 seconds.
The electric range of 310 mile places it above the Model S 75D, but is up to 83 miles short of the 100D's claimed 393-mile range, as tested on the NEDC cycle.
Customers are already vying for top position on the waiting list for the Taycan, despite the production version not even being revealed yet, UK managing director Alexander Pollich has said.
Porsche bagan taking expressions of interest from would-be buyers earlier this month, with Pollich confirming that customers were keen to reserve early cars even though the car has only been revealed as a concept, the Mission E, so far. He did not confirm customer numbers, however. The production car is expected to be revealed for the first time in 2019, ahead of hitting roads in 2020.
“The reaction from customers has been fantastic — from the moment we announced the car to now, when we have asked customers to register their interest for the first cars,” said Pollich of Porsche's rival to the Model S. “The history of Porsche began with an electric car in 1898 and that provides some inspiration and motivation for us. Of course, there was a big gap, but we have led with the introduction of hybrids and now we will use our heritage and learnings to offer a class-leading electric car.