Porsche’s fully electric sportscar, the Taycan arrives in Malaysia – launched at new showroom in Ara Damansara and available in three variants

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Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) enters a new era of electro-mobility with the launch of the new Porsche Taycan, its first fully electric sports car. The four-door sports sedan is a thoroughbred Porsche, offering a golden combination of renowned Porsche performance and state-of-the-art technology with comprehensive everyday usability.

The highly anticipated Taycan models will be available in Malaysia in three variants, the flagship Taycan Turbo S, Taycan Turbo and Taycan 4S, with retail prices starting from RM 1,195,000.00, RM 999,000.00 and RM 725,000.00 respectively.

Both the Taycan Turbo S and Taycan Turbo are at the cutting edge of Porsche E-Performance and are among the most powerful production models that the Porsche currently has in its product range.

The profile of the driving modes in the new Taycan essentially follows the same philosophy as in the other Porsche model series. This is supplemented by special settings which enable optimum use of the purely electric drive. Sport Plus and Individual modes are part of the Sport Chrono Package, which comes as standard on the Taycan Turbo S.

Taycan customers will enjoy the same complimentary and comprehensive four-year maintenance and warranty programme offered for all Porsche cars by SDAP, with the battery covered under an eight-year warranty. Customers can opt to extend the vehicle warranties for up to fifteen years.

Even as a fully electric vehicle, the Taycan is a true sports car with breath-taking acceleration and typical sports car traction and handling. Its flagship variant, the Taycan Turbo S achieves the 0-100 km/h sprint in just 2.8 seconds, similar to its Formula E counterpart, the Porsche 99X. It is a true indication of the motorsport DNA inherent in the brand, and the knowledge transfer from motorsports to series production.

Christopher Hunter, Chief Executive Officer of SDAP said, “The Taycan is the first purely electric powered sports car from Porsche and marks the beginning of a new era into the field of electromobility. Powered by an electric powertrain, it is still undeniably a Porsche – you can feel the soul of the Taycan the second you get behind the steering wheel. It feels and drives like a true Porsche.”
Charging solutions for Taycan customers
As part of the ownership experience that Porsche is known for, SDAP will be offering intelligent and holistic charging solutions for Taycan owners, with equipment that includes a 22 kW Porsche Mobile Charger Plus and the Porsche Home Energy Manager, for a limited time only.

In order to prepare for optimal charging experience, a home charge check will be performed to determine if the installation would be viable due to the variables in power availability and dwelling type of the homes of Taycan owners. Information such as the living and parking space situation, existing power connections and Internet availability is collected to check the basic prerequisites for using the Porsche charging equipment at the desired location.

A full electrical and spatial check of the parking facilities at the location will be conducted by a certified service provider engaged by SDAP upon agreement by the customer of a home check. A post-report from the home visit will subsequently be generated to determine compatibility of the charging equipment and next steps for an optimal home charging process.

“As we move into the new era of digital and electromobility, in line with the global strategy, we have designed our new Porsche Centre Ara Damansara to be future-ready with state-of-the-art technology. Coinciding with the launch of our first fully electric sports car, the Taycan, the new flagship centre is fully equipped to handle the latest battery technology repairs and maintenance and Malaysia’s first Direct Current (DC) high-performance chargers have also been installed across our dealer network. With first deliveries of the Taycan estimated to be in the first quarter of 2021, all Taycan owners can have peace of mind with these 175 kW DC chargers delivering a full charge in 36 minutes, giving you more than enough time to enjoy a nicely brewed cup of coffee at our Carrera Lounge,” said Christopher Hunter.

Performance meets efficiency
The flagship Taycan Turbo S can generate up to 560 kW (761 PS) overboost power in combination with Launch Control, and the Taycan Turbo up to 500 kW (680 PS). The Taycan Turbo S generates up to 1,050 Nm of torque and accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds, while the Taycan Turbo reaches maximum torque of 850 Nm and completes this sprint in 3.2 seconds. The Turbo S has a range of up to 412 kilometres, while the Turbo has 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 Porsche Electric Sport Sound comes as standard, a unique acoustic accompaniment to dynamic driving.

As for the Taycan 4S, it reaches the century sprint in 4.0 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h. With the standard Performance Battery, it delivers up to 390 kW (530 PS) via overboost power in conjunction with Launch Control. This is increased to a maximum of 420 kW (571 PS) with the optional Performance Battery Plus. The Taycan 4S has an electrical range of up to 407 kilometres (WLTP) with the standard Performance Battery and 463 kilometres (WLTP) with the Performance Battery Plus.

The Taycan is the first production vehicle with a system voltage of 800 volts instead of the usual 400 volts for electric cars. This is a particular advantage for Taycan drivers on the road: in just over 36 minutes, the battery can be fully recharged using the available 175 kW direct current (DC) chargers from the high-power charging network for a range of over 400 km across all models. (according to WLTP). The overall capacity of the Performance Battery Plus is 93.4 kWh and can conduct higher currents, thus speeding up the charging process significantly. Taycan drivers can comfortably charge their cars with up to eleven kW of alternating current (AC) at home.

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From supercar spotting on the streets of Kuala Lumpur, Won has moved onto the realms of motoring journalism since 2011. He has a keen eye for automotive photography, a penchant for fast cars, and the occasional hunger for munching corners.

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