Hennessey Performance Porsche Taycan on the horizon - plans announced for fettled EV

Texan tuner Hennessey Performance has unveiled plans to turn the new Porsche Taycan up to 11

We might only have just finished our first drive of the Taycan, but America’s most prolific car fettler is already thinking about turning it up a notch. The move will be an unusual one for the tuning world, with all-electric models being almost entirely unexplored, and development will begin early in 2020.

Standard models are yet to be launched, but the current range-topping Turbo S boasts a monumental 750bhp overboost figure for launches, and a constant 616bhp. This gives the Taycan a 2.6sec 0-62mph time, top speed of 160mph and a 0-100mph time of 6.3secs, not figures we’d say need improving, but each to their own. 

Subscribe to evo magazine

evo is 21 and to celebrate, we're returning to 1998 prices! Subscribe now to SAVE 39% on the shop price and get evo for its original cover price of £3.00 an issue, plus get a FREE gift worth £25!

> New Porsche Taycan review - Stuttgart puts its stamp on the electric car era

Company founder and CEO, John Hennessey, said: “We’ve been planning to do something with electrified vehicles for a while now. We felt that the new Porsche Taycan was the right platform from which to modify our first EV. Initially, we will start with simple modifications such as wheels, tires and interior upgrades as well as exterior modifications such as more aggressive front and rear bumpers.  After that we will see what might be possible in terms of adding more power.”

Advertisement - Article continues below

There are no promises of more power, then, but given the over-the-air power increases we’ve seen Tesla give its models over the years, we wouldn’t rule it out. 2,295kg is the weight figure for the factory car, and although most of this will come from the untouchable electric powertrain, we’re almost certain there will be some room to offer weight saving options through interior modification and wheels. Gearing will probably restrict the top speed to its 160mph factory figure, though increases of a few mph may be possible if the software can be cracked. 

Porsche states that the Taycan Turbo S can be launched 10 consecutive times without battery degradation, but better cooling, something John Hennessey has shown interest in, might improve on this. Quarter mile times are also a focus for the brand, so an improvement on the factory 10.8sec time will likely be on the agenda - stickier tyres, less weight and better cooling would all contribute.  

The brand will get its hands on a Taycan in early 2020, where it’ll examine every nut and bolt to determine just what’s possible.



Porsche Taycan

Porsche Taycan 4S revealed with up to 563bhp

14 Oct 2019
Porsche Taycan

New Porsche Taycan review - Stuttgart puts its stamp on the electric car era

25 Sep 2019
Porsche Taycan

2020 Porsche Taycan revealed – 750bhp EV ready to go

11 Sep 2019

Most Popular

Nissan GT-R coupe

Limited-run Nissan GT-R50 to enter production in 2020

First customer GT-R50s set to hit the road next year, with prices starting beyond the €1million mark
5 Dec 2019
Toyota Yaris

Toyota Yaris GR-4 teased in new video

Gazoo Racing to follow up its 2019 WRC championship with an all-new car based on the GR-4 hot hatch
4 Dec 2019
used cars

Best used cars for sale this week

We’ve delved into the classifieds and chosen our favourite cars for sale this week
5 Dec 2019
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 Fastback N versus the Col de Turini

We take the Hyundai i30 Fastback N up the Col de Turini, a 31km stage of the Monte Carlo World Rally Championship
19 Jul 2019