Porsche has released details for a mild update for its electric Taycan. Alongside a host of new options and the ability to purchase certain features over-the-air, the performance saloon has also seen a bump in performance and additional colour and trim options.
Available on cars ordered from today are seven new exterior paint shades, ranging from ‘Coffee Beige’ to ‘Neptune Blue’ and the rather bold ‘Frozenberry’ pink. To complement these exterior colours Porsche has also introduced new trim options for the cabin, adding a dark red ‘Blackberry’ hide alongside new two-tone options for the leather and leather-free upholstery.
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Porsche’s Exclusive Manufaktur department will now provide contrasting leather seat centres and stitching to help your car stand out from the rest. As before, it also allows buyers to option the likes of additional wood, carbon fibre or aluminium trim, with a number of SportDesign exterior components available for added visual aggression.
A smart lift system now comes as standard in any car optioned with adaptive air suspension, raising ride height at speed bumps or driveways to prevent those dreaded scrapes. The current entry-level Taycan 4S now comes with heated front seats as standard, and buyers can also option a head-up display to provide navigation, media or performance information to the driver.
Porsche has also optimised the battery tech for improved charging and performance. The range-topping Taycan Turbo S will now sprint from standstill to 124mph in 9.6sec, two tenths sooner than before - the quarter-mile is said to come a tenth sooner at 10.7sec.
The 2021 Taycan also has a new mode to reduce charging speed at fast charge stations in order to preserve the battery if the driver knows that it will be plugged in for a period longer than its required charge time. This will both extend its service life and reduce power loss over time. From next year, ‘Plug & Charge’ at Ionity fast charging stations will remove the need for complicated authentication and members cards, with data saved in the vehicle allowing drivers to simply plug in and charge.
Though a somewhat controversial offering first seen from the likes of Tesla and BMW, Features on Demand allows for the purchase of features over-the-air. Active Lane Keep Assist and adaptive cruise control can be had for £18 a month, or £759 each should you purchase them outright. £299 will get you Power Steering Plus, increasing assistance at lower speeds.
The Taycan range now starts at £83,580 with the 4S, moving to £115,860 for the middling Turbo and £138,830 for the 616bhp Turbo S.