Update: ‘In the U.S.’ sub-section of ‘100,000+ Taycans produced’ and ‘Price & Release Date’ updated.
Porsche is working on a facelift for the Taycan, which cemented the 100,000 production milestone in a span of just about three years on November 7, 2022. The mid-cycle refresh, expected for the 2024 model year, should bring substantial updates to the company’s first all-electric car. Here’s everything we expect from the 2024 Porsche Taycan.
Porsche unveiled the Taycan sedan on September 4, 2019, then the Taycan Cross Turismo on March 4, 2021, and finally the Taycan Sport Turismo on January 19, 2022. The derivatives are fresh, but the company may still give them a facelift along with the sedan to keep the Taycan model series aligned.
Spy pictures reveal that Porsche engineers are also testing the new Taycan Cross Turismo and the new Taycan Sport Turismo. We’re convinced the entire Taycan family will be facelifted in one go. In this story, we’ll focus on the Taycan sedan refresh.
Evidenced by spy shots of partly camouflaged test prototypes, the 2024 Porsche Taycan should feature changes to the bumper, lights, and grilles across body styles and variants. The current model is available in sedan, Cross Turismo, and Sport Turismo versions. The sedan comes in base, 4S, GTS, Turbo, and Turbo S variants. The Cross Turismo’s variant line-up includes 4, 4S, Turbo, and Turbo S. The Sport Turismo is available in standard, 4S, GTS, Turbo, and Turbo S variants. Porsche may offer several new wheel options for the 2024 Taycan.
In the spy video below, professional car spotter CarSpyMedia reveals the new Taycan undergoing winter testing near the Arctic Circle. It appears Porsche disguised the test mule to look like the outgoing model, which has new headlights, bumpers, and taillights (discussed later in this story).
Video Source: YouTube/CarSpyMedia
Recent spy pictures have shown Porsche testing what could be a new top-of-the-line variant of the Taycan sedan. This variant has a fixed rear wing in addition to the familiar extendable rear spoiler, skinny tires, and massive brakes, all of which indicate it’s even more performance-oriented than the Turbo S variant which tops the range of the outgoing model. Porsche could be aiming to make the Taycan the world’s fastest electric car with the launch of such a variant. Reports say the company could name this variant ‘Turbo GT.’
Interior & Features
Taycan was Porsche’s test bed for experimenting with radical changes to its interior. The EV, for instance, is the company’s first car with a fully digital instrument cluster, which might have been considered a no-no by purists had it been offered in an iconic sports car like the 911. Another Porsche first is a leather-free interior. Eventually, the company will be able to incorporate these things into more models as customers gradually accept them. In addition to trying some new-to-Porsche features, the refresh would also refine existing ones.
Spy pictures indicate Porsche may introduce new ADAS functions on the Taycan, enabled by a new radar system positioned behind the windscreen. We expect the company to offer new options for the upholstery and trim.
New headlight technology
Porsche should offer its newly developed, HD LED Matrix headlights with the new Taycan. Compared to the current specification, the new lighting system is twice as bright and has four times the spread. Consisting of two LED chips (four overall), each chip comprises 16,384 individually controllable micro-LEDs that fit into an area equivalent to the size of a human thumbnail. Depending on the conditions, individual pixels can be turned on or off, thus making the high-res system extremely energy efficient.
When required, the high-beam function is capable of lighting up the road 600 meters (1,968 feet) ahead of the car while also being able to blank out certain portions of the beam if the system detects oncoming traffic. Porsche has incorporated various other functions into these LED headlights in order to assist the driver. These miscellaneous but helpful technologies include construction & narrow-lane light, lane illumination, and the aforementioned adaptive high-beam feature.
Recent spy pictures have revealed that Porsche has started testing the new Taycan with HD Matrix LED headlights. In addition, the new headlights have a similar shape and design to what we’ve shown in the Design section. It’s safe to assume even the new Taycan Cross Turismo and new Taycan Sport Turismo will inherit HD Matrix LED headlights. In fact, we’ve seen the company testing the former with the new technology.
Existing Taycan variants may get a bump in the range, which is currently the biggest issue and a major let-down, especially compared to the American rivals. The Tesla Model S can travel up to 396 miles on a full charge, while the Lucid Air’s maximum range is 520 miles, both being EPA-est. figures. The best the Porsche Taycan can do is just 246 miles. The 2024 Porsche Taycan’s maximum range could be close to 275 miles — still nowhere near rivals but at least better than today’s car.
Tri-motor version (Taycan Turbo GT)
Facing heat from Tesla and Lucid Motors, Porsche probably realized that it would have to plan significant technical upgrades for the Taycan with the facelift. The rumored Turbo GT variant of the new Porsche Taycan will reportedly sport a triple-motor powertrain with more than 1,000 hp. The Porsche Taycan Turbo GT should take on the likes of the Tesla Model S Plaid and Lucid Air Sapphire.
Over the past few months, cleverly-disguised tri-motor Taycan development prototypes have been captured undergoing tests in different conditions. They reveal a wider & sportier front splitter, a large fixed rear wing, and an aggressive rear diffuser with wing extensions on the bumper.
Similarly, while there’s a possibility that Porsche could offer the Taycan tri-motor variant with a fixed rear wing for increased downforce, we doubt it will be a standard fitment on the production model because of its palpable effect on aerodynamics and therefore, range. As with other facelifts, the brand is likely to offer customers new color and interior trim options, along with a new design for the alloy wheels.
While the dual-motor Taycan Turbo S does 0-60 mph in just 2.6 seconds (2.7 seconds in the case of the Cross Turismo version), the triple-motor Taycan may accomplish the same in a little over two seconds. The British report further highlights the new variant featuring bigger brakes and an enhanced cooling system. Meanwhile, Porsche is likely to have also modified the chassis & suspension to handle the elevated performance capabilities, updated the digital screens to display additional powertrain information, and possible efficiency enhancements for the drivetrain.
The Taycan supports charging at up to 19.2 kW with alternating current and at up to 270 kW with direct current. Charging from 0 to 100% using an AC charger takes as little as 4.8 hours, and from 5 to 80% using a DC charger takes as little as 22.5 minutes.
The facelifted Taycan could have a slightly higher DC charging input of close to 300 kW. More importantly, it could accept charging at high power for long durations. Recently, spy shots showed the new model in the rumored Turbo GT variant charging at 251 kW even at 64% SoC. The outgoing Taycan doesn’t cross 170 kW once the charging level reaches 65%, as per an autoevolution report dated July 10, 2023. We expect the new Taycan to take 18-20 minutes for a DC fast-charging session (5 to 80%).
Price & Release date
It’s interesting to note that Porsche didn’t bring out the new Taycan at the IAA 2023 (held in early September), or at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2023, (opened in mid-November). The 2024 Porsche Taycan could start arriving at U.S. dealers in the first half of 2024. Expect prices to start at just under USD 90,000.
100,000+ Taycans produced
Porsche hit a milestone when, on November 7, 2022, the 100,000th Taycan rolled off the company’s main production line in Zuffenhausen, Germany. Finished in Neptune Blue, this Taycan Turbo S was headed to a customer in the United Kingdom. It took a little over three years for the brand to reach this milestone. According to Porsche, the biggest markets for the Taycan are the United States, China, and the United Kingdom/Republic of Ireland.
The automaker was quick to point out that many customers have racked up over 100,000 kilometers (62,137 miles) in their Taycans, with a transport entrepreneur from France having covered over 188,119 kilometers or nearly 117,000 miles on his Taycan 4S sans any major issues.
Porsche shipped 34,801 units of the Taycan range globally in 2022, as per the brand announcement on January 12, 2023. Compared to its performance in 2021, sales of the four-door EV witnessed a slump of 16 percent, year-over-year. Porsche blamed the decline on the limited availability of components and issues pertaining to the supply chain.
In the U.S.
In February 2023, Dr. Kjell Gruner, former President and CEO, Porsche Cars North America, told Yahoo Finance that supplies were “really constrained” in 2022. Demand for the Taycan is still very strong, Dr. Gruner added. Between January and September 2023, Porsche delivered 5,212 Taycans, a reduction of 9.7 percent YoY (Jan-Sept 2022: 5,212 units).
The new Taycan should come with considerable performance improvements, software enhancements, added comfort and convenience features, and a slightly improved range. Although it falls behind the competition in terms of range, the refreshed Taycan is expected to remain a top contender among high-performance electric cars.
2024 Porsche Taycan FAQs
What is the 2024 Porsche Taycan release date?
The improved Taycan is now expected to go on sale in the U.S. in 2024.
What will be the 2024 Porsche Taycan price?
The base model will likely cost just under USD 90,000.
Featured image: TopElectricSUV’s rendering of the 2024 Taycan.