Today is Porsche’s 70th birthday, and the brass chose to celebrate by announcing the new name for one of the most anticipated models in the company’s history. Until now, its all-electric concept has been referred to a the Mission E, but when it hits showrooms, it will be called the Taycan.
Now, we happen to think that the Mission E was kind of a cooler name than Taycan, which Stuttgart explained means “lively young horse,” and “has its linguistic roots in the East.” But whatever this car is called? It’s going to be wicked. With over 600 horsepower on tap, it’ll made the zero-to-60 mph jump in around 3.5 seconds, and be capable of going over 300 miles on a charge. That sounds pretty good to us.
Most importantly, every statement the company has made about the Mission E — oops, Taycan — has stressed that this will be a Porsche through and through. So along with performance we can expect that it will also reflect the build quality which has consistently put the legendary German automaker up there with Lexus products as far as dependability goes.
So if you’ve been considering an all-electric vehicle that’s still fun to drive, this is great news. That is, unless your name is Elon Musk, as the Tesla founder has to be sweating bullets over the idea of Porsche storming in the electric luxury vehicle segment. You only have to take a look at Porsche’s fantastic motorsports history to know the company doesn’t do anything halfway, and it’s sure to produce some serious competition for the California-based upstart.
We’re not sure when the Taycan will arrive at your local AutoNation-affiliated Porsche dealer, but there’s sure to be profound interest and limited supply, so if you’re looking to park one of these in your garage, we’d suggest getting on a list now.