Unleashing The Soul Of A Spirited Young Horse
THE LAUNCH OF ANY NEW CAR IS AN EXCITING EVENT — but the launch of the 2020 Porsche Taycan is at a whole other level.
On Feb. 27, Porsche Centre Downtown Toronto hosted a lavish evening to give Porsche’s new electric foal a very warm welcome.
Guests arrived at 6:30 p.m. to a well-dressed-up showroom with two veiled cars on the showroom floor. After warming up with drinks and delicious hors d’oeuvres, the event emcee introduced our hosts — PCDT’s Helen Ching-Kircher, dealer principal, president and CEO, and Dr. Peter A. Kircher, senior vice-president.
Besides introducing the Taycan — a name that translates to “soul of a spirited young horse” — Helen Ching-Kircher spoke of the other exciting launch of the evening, the dealership’s newly renovated showroom, which had been in renovation since last summer.
Sporting a beautiful new aesthetic plus technology upgrades, Porsche Centre Downtown Toronto is looking forward to hosting new and existing customers in the recently enhanced space.
After a few more quick speeches, a countdown to the unveiling was kicked off and then the two stunning electrically powered stallions were unveiled to the Toronto market.
Three Taycan models are currently on tap — the Taycan 4S, Turbo and Turbo S. As a brand-new, paradigm-shifting model to Porsche, there are hundreds of interesting features to mention, but for the purposes of this short article, here are a few highlights:
- Two permanent magnet synchronous motors are installed in the Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S, one on each axle, and the large performance battery is integrated deep into the underbody
- The high-performance battery is based on 800-volt technology, instead of the usual 400 volts, giving the Taycan improved charging and drive performance with smaller cable cross-sections, which has a positive impact on the overall weight
- Distinctive “air curtains,” the vertical air intakes near the headlights, are designed to guide fast-moving air over the front wheels to decrease turbulence
- The Porsche Recuperation Management (PRM) can regenerate up to 90 percent of braking energy. During active braking, recuperation is enabled first and the mechanical brake is only engaged when stronger braking is required. During everyday driving the Taycan should achieve up to a third of its range exclusively from recuperation
- The range-topping Taycan Turbo S model features a 750-horsepower overboost, activated with Launch Control, sending it from a standstill to 100 KPH in just 2.6 seconds. And this can be repeatedly reproduced, consecutive acceleration is possible, up to a top track speed of 259 KPH. Maybe we’ll see this in action at Mosport (CTMP) sometime soon! </>
Photos by Christopher Hebert, Provinz Digital Editor