Driving into the future: The new Porsche Taycan arrives in Trinidad and Tobago

Driving into the future: The new Porsche Taycan arrives in Trinidad and Tobago

Port of Spain. The future of driving is finally in Trinidad and Tobago −a full electric vehicle with true Porsche sports car intuition. Today, the new Taycan was officially launched to our market via a Virtual Presentation on Facebook (@PorscheCentreTrinidad) and Instagram (@PorscheCentreTrinidad).

“The Taycan links Porsche heritage to the future,” said Riyad Ali, Porsche Brand Manager for Trinidad and Tobago. “It carries forward the success story of the brand – a brand that has fascinated and thrilled not only Trinidadians, but people the world over for more than 70 years. It brings a new era of sports mobility to our islands.”

The four-door sports saloon is a unique package, offering typical Porsche performance and connectivity with everyday usability. At the same time, highly advanced production methods and the features of the Taycan are setting new standards in the fields of sustainability and digitalisation.

“Our service team have undergone additional training to ensure that they can deliver a high level of service to Porsche customers that owns an hybrid or electric vehicle”, said Carla George, Porsche Service Manager. “In 2015 Porsche Centre Trinidad became the first dealership in the Country to have a certified High Voltage Technician and our Porsche ZPT Gold Level Technician, Stefan Singh, is in the process of upgrading his accreditation to the Porsche High Voltage Engineer (HVE) Certification.”

Porsche worked closely with Lifestyle Motors to make sure everything was put in place for the new Taycan which included a brand-new state of the art climate-controlled battery work room to perform work on the Taycan. This also required a battery storage building outfitted in line with the technical and safety specifications outlined by Porsche Germany to house the High Voltage batteries.

Two High Voltage chargers have been installed at Lifestyle Motors, at the Porsche Centre Trinidad location as well as Porsche Service Centre, to ensure proper charging of the Taycan. An additional five destination chargers would be installed throughout Trinidad and Tobago by the end of 2021, with an additional four destination chargers by the end of 2022.

Performance meets efficiency
Since its launch, the full electric Porsche its available in four models: Taycan, Taycan 4S, Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S. They are at the cutting edge of Porsche E-Performance and are among the most powerful production models that the sports car manufacturer currently has in its product range.

The flagship Turbo S version of the Taycan can generate up to 761 PS (751 hp, 560 kW) overboost power in combination with Launch Control, and the Taycan Turbo up to 680 PS (671 hp, 500 kW). The Taycan Turbo S accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds, while the Taycan Turbo completes this sprint in 3.2 seconds. The Turbo S has a range of up to 412 kilometres, and the Turbo a range of up to 450 kilometres (according to WLTP in each case). The top speed of both all-wheel-drive models is 260 km/h.

The Taycan 4S generates up to 571 PS (563 hp, 420 kW) overboost power output. It needs 4,0 seconds to accelerates from a standing start to 100 km/h and its top speed is 250 km/h. The range is up to 463 kilometres.

Meanwhile, the Taycan, features rear-wheel drive and is available with two sizes of battery: with the standard Performance Battery, the new entry-level model delivers up to 408 PS (402 hp, 300 kW) in overboost mode with Launch Control; this increases to an output of up to 476 PS (469 hp, 350 kW) with the optional Performance Battery Plus. The Taycan accelerates from a standing start to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds, whichever battery is specified. Its top speed is also 230 km/h in both configurations.

Pure exterior design with Porsche DNA
With its clean, puristic design, the Taycan signals the beginning of a new era. At the same time, it retains the unmistakable Porsche design DNA. From the front it looks particularly wide and flat with highly contoured wings. The silhouette is shaped by the sporty roofline sloping downward to the rear. The highly sculpted side sections are also characteristic. The sleek cabin, the drawn-in rear C-pillar and the pronounced shoulders of the wings result in a sharply emphasised rear, typical of the brand. There are also innovative elements such as the glass-effect Porsche logo, which has been integrated into the light bar at the rear. With a Cd value from 0.22, the aerodynamically optimised basic shape makes a significant contribution to low energy consumption and thus long range.

Unique interior design with a wide display screen band
The cockpit signals the start of a new era with its clear structure and a completely new architecture. The freestanding, curved instrument cluster forms the highest point on the dashboard. This places a clear focus on the driver axis. A central, 10.9-inch infotainment display and an optional passenger display are combined to form an integrated glass band in a black-panel look. All user interfaces have been completely newly designed for the Taycan. The number of classic hardware controls such as switches, and buttons has been greatly reduced. Instead, control is intelligent and intuitive.

With the Taycan, Porsche offers an entirely leather-free interior for the first time. Interiors made from innovative recycled materials underscore the sustainable concept of the electric sports car. “Foot garages” – recesses in the battery in the rear footwell – ensure sitting comfort in the rear and allow the low vehicle height typical of sports cars. Two luggage compartments are available: the front compartment has a capacity of 81 litres and the rear 366 litres (Taycan base: 84 litres at the front, and up to 407 litres at the rear).

Innovative drive motors and a two-speed transmission
The Taycan Turbo S, Taycan Turbo, and Taycan 4S have two exceptionally efficient electric machines, one on the front axle and one on the rear axle, thus making the cars all-wheel drive (Taycan base: one synchronous motor on the rear axle). Both the range and the continuous power of the drive benefit from the high efficiency of the permanently excited synchronous machines. The electric machine, transmission and pulse-controlled inverter are each combined into a compact drive module. The modules have the highest power density (kW per litre of package space) of all electric powertrains on the market today. A special feature of the electric motors is the “hairpin” winding of the stator coils. This technology makes it possible to incorporate more copper in the stator, increasing power output and torque while maintaining the same component volume. The two-speed transmission installed on the rear axle is an innovation developed by Porsche. First gear gives the Taycan even more acceleration from a standing start, while second gear with a long gear ratio ensures high efficiency and equally high-power reserves. This also applies at extremely high speeds.

Centrally networked chassis systems
Porsche uses a centrally networked control system for the Taycan chassis. The integrated Porsche 4D Chassis Control analyses and synchronises all chassis systems in real time. The innovative chassis systems include adaptive air suspension (optional for the Taycan base) with three-chamber technology including PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) electronic damper control, as well as the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport) electromechanical roll stabilisation system including Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus). The all-wheel drive control with two electric motors and the recuperation system are unique. At up to 265 kW, the potential recuperation power is significantly higher than that of competitors. Driving tests have shown that approximately 90 percent of everyday braking is performed by the electric machines alone – without the hydraulic wheel brakes being activated.

The profile of the different driving modes basically follows the same philosophy as in other Porsche model series. This is supplemented by special settings which enable optimum use of the purely electric drive. Four driving modes are available: “Range”, “Normal”, “Sport” and “Sport Plus”. In addition, individual systems can be configured as required in the “Individual” mode.

Electromobility at Porsche
As early as 1898, Ferdinand Porsche played a major role in the design of the Egger-Lohner C.2 Phaeton electric car – and in 1899 he won the prize race at the international motor vehicle exhibition in Berlin. This can be said to be the first “race victory” for Porsche. A year later, he developed the Semper Vivus, the first workable full-hybrid car in the world. This is one of the reasons why the change to electromobility is such an exciting and logical step.

Porsche has been producing hybrid vehicles since 2010, starting with the Cayenne S Hybrid and with the Panamera S Hybrid following soon after. Today, Lifestyle Motors has available to its clients plug-in hybrid variants of the Cayenne and the Panamera, and it is now excited to have the first pure electric Porsche also in its portfolio.

Prices in Trinidad and Tobago
For more information on specific equipment and pricing, customers can go to the Porsche Car Configurator site or visit the Porsche Centre Trinidad & Tobago to speak to a sales executive.

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