Over 15 Million Engines and Transmissions
since its debut in 2020, porsche has sold more than 75,000 of its all-electric taycan sedan, and sport and cross turismo wagons, globally. for a moment, it looked like its ev would outsell the brand's crown jewel 911 here in the u.s., but six months into 2022, taycan sales lurk behind sales for one of our favorite sports cars by 726 units. with plenty of time to heal that divide, porsche has announced 2023 taycan pricing and updates that will affect even the earliest taycans sold three years ago.
porsche says it has updated the taycan's 71.0-kwh and 83.7-kwh batteries' cooling and heating strategy, as it did last year, to allow it to precondition quicker and to a higher temperature. the result is getting the battery ready to reach its 270-kw maximum charging speed at a higher state of charge. this means instead of having the peak available only between states of charge between 5 to 15 percent, even if charging begins at 30 percent, it's possible to reach dc fast-charging speeds of up to 270 kw thanks to the car's 800-volt architecture. this charging functionality will be offered as a free update for current taycan owners, porsche said.
in theory, reaching that max charging speed more often and more quickly should reduce charging times, and porsche says the 2023 taycan also gains 50 kilometers (31 miles) in overall range as measured by europe's wltp test protocol. that's thanks to the latest software updates, including switching off the front motor in normal and range modes in dual-motor variants.
epa figures aren't yet out for the 2023 taycan, but using current wltp and epa estimates as a benchmark, the farthest-driving taycan 4s performance battery plus model earned a 254-mile rating on the wltp scale and a 227-mile epa estimate here in the u.s. that means it's reasonable to assume the max range for taycan could reach as high as 250 miles from the epa.
the optimizations don't stop there. 2023 taycans come with updated pcm 6.0 infotainment software with a revised and more colorful user interface, and the addition of wireless android auto. porsche will offer this as a free update to current taycan owners, but it will require a visit to a porsche service center for what porsche says could take as much as a day to complete. the upgraded pcm 6.0 will allow drivers to filter charging stations by power output, allowing users to prioritize the quickest chargers nearby.
in terms of equipment, the new porsche will look a lot like the outgoing model with the exception of the deletion of the fully-painted 19-inch aero wheels. those are gone, but the polished and painted 19-inch aero wheels remain. variable light control is now available on all taycans with the panoramic glass roof which allows the driver to electronically change the roof from clear to opaque. porsche now includes the preparation treatment for its dashcam, in the form of a wiring harness for optional front and rear porsche tequipment safety cameras.
the 2023 porsche taycan is live on the configurator today, with pricing starting at $88,150 for the sedan and $99,150 for the taycan cross turismo wagon.