Quite possibly the biggest news from the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show was the Porsche Taycan. The Stuttgart-based brand’s new electric car could completely change the industry and it’s one of the most exciting cars to debut in a long time. What’s interesting about the Taycan for Audi fans is the fact that it shares its architecture with the upcoming Audi e-tron GT.
Both the Porsche Taycan and Audi e-tron GT are built on the ‘J1’ platform, a bespoke all-electric architecture designed for those cars specifically. While the e-tron is still behind closed doors, the Taycan has been revealed and it has us very excited.
The Porsche Taycan uses two electric motors to make a whopping 750 hp and 774 lb-ft of torque. All of that power is said to get the Taycan to 60 mph in about 2.6 seconds but it could be even quicker than that in person. It’s also interesting that the Porsche is the only production electric vehicle to use a two-speed gearbox, rather than a single-speed. That second speed helps with top-end acceleration and helps it achieve its 161 mph top speed. More than that, it helps with efficiency at higher speed.
We’re wondering if the Audi e-tron GT will have the same two-speed gearbox. We’re actually wondering whether or not the e-tron will have the same powertrain as well. While the VW Group hierarchy might not allow for an Audi to have the same power and performance as a Porsche flagship, it should be close.
The Porsche Taycan isn’t on sale just yet but when it does hit dealerships, it won’t be cheap. The only two models announced at the moment are the Taycan Turbo and Turbo S (we know, it’s a stupid naming structure) and the cheaper Turbo will start at around $150,000. The Turbo S has an even more eye-watering price tag of $189,000.
Still, that’s the price to pay for cutting-edge technology from one of the best performance brands on Earth. We can’t wait to see it on the road.