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Production-ready Electric Porsche Taycan Breaks Cover in China

Porsche Taycan in Shanghai China


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    • Porsche’s First Electric Car is Almost Ready
    • This is the Tesla Model S’ First Real Competition

Seen here roaming the streets of Shanghai and the track outside the Porsche Experience Center (PEC) is the ultra-quick, fully electric Porsche Taycan super-sedan in full production spec. trim. And you’ll probably see it again, too– that’s because this pre-production Taycan prototype is setting off on something of a “world tour” ahead of its official unveiling at this September’s Frankfurt Auto Show.

To say that the Porsche Taycan has been hotly anticipated is an understatement. With more than 600 HP on tap from its electric motors, the slinky Porsche is expected to blast from 0-60 MPH in under 3.5 seconds. As such, it’s really the first credible contender to the Tesla Model S’ dominance of the premium luxury/sports sedan segment. And, unlike Tesla, the Porsche comes to market with an established reputation for engineering and performance excellence, as well as existing (and affluent!) customer fan base to draw on for initial sales.

On that note: how many people will buy one just because it’s a Porsche?

Whether or not the Taycan will be able to steal Tesla’s thunder remains to be seen– but they’re going to give it a real try! The previously mentioned world tour that’s kicking off in Shanghai will move on to other major markets, slowly working its way around Instagram the world as its hype train builds. Once the order books officially open in September there should be more than a handful of well-heeled Porsche and EV enthusiasts ready to put a down payment on the car’s expected 100,000-ish (Euro) price tag.

That’s the plan, at least. What do you think? Will the Porsche Taycan steal sales from Tesla’s Model S, or will there be enough Tesla owners out there who also happen to be Porschephiles that the two will be able to coexist at the top of the EV market? Let us know what you think in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

 

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Source | Images: Motorpasión.

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Jo Borrás
Jo Borras has been in the auto industry since 1997, and has been a contributor to various automotive and technology blogs for more than a decade. You can find him #resisting on Twitter, talking Swedish metal at his Volvo fansite, out cruising on two wheels, or chasing his kids around Oak Park, IL.