The Taycan is Porsche’s first all-electric offering for India, while the 2021 Macan facelift could very well be the last iteration to feature an engine before it goes electric as well
Porsche planned to launch the Taycan in India last year after its global debut in 2019. However, the launch got delayed due to the Covid-19 Pandemic in 2020. Now, a year after the proposed timeline, the German brand has finally introduced the Taycan EV in India alongside the 2021 Macan facelift SUV.
Prices for the Taycan EV start from Rs 1.50 Crore (ex-showroom, India), while the Macan facelift prices start at Rs. 83.21 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The Taycan is available in two body types - Sport Saloon and Cross Tourismo.
Porsche sells three variants of the Macan globally - Macan, Macan S, and the Macan GTS, and they have decided to bring all three variants to India.
Here are all the details that you need to know about these two latest models from Porsche.
Porsche previewed the Taycan back in 2015 as the Mission-E concept and debuted the all-electric model in September 2019. They have since sold 28,640 units of the EV in this period, which was even more than the sales figures of their popular offering 911.
The Taycan happens to be their first all-electric car which will rival the Audi e-Tron GT in the country. Porsche decided to surprise Indian customers by bringing all the three variants of the Taycan– the base 4S, Turbo, and the full-blown Turbo 4S in India.
Many buyers might compare the Taycan with the Tesla, but the former is comparatively quicker than the Tesla Model 3. The top of the line Taycan Turbo S saloon can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in 2.8 seconds. The Tesla Model 3 does the same in 3.1 seconds. The Taycan is even quicker than many four-door performance sedans and sportscar out there.
Taycan Powertrain Options and performance figures
The Taycan uses two electric motors mounted on each axle that draw power from either a 79.2 kWh or a slightly bigger 93.4 kWh battery. The base Taycan 4S model is available only with the standard, single-deck 79.2 kWh performance battery. The entry-level model produces about 408 Ps of power and promises an impressive overall range of 484 km on a single charge.
The top of the line Turbo S variant is the most dynamic sportscar in the entire Porsche lineup. This variant gets the bigger 93.4 kWh battery combined with the two separate electric motor dishes out 671 bhp of power and 850 Nm of torque. The car even holds a Guinness World Record title for Indoor Land Speed, where it reached a top speed of 369 km/h (102.65 mph) inside New Orleans’s Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
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Porsche Taycan Range
The thoughts of range anxiety might have probably hit you by now because the Taycan is an electric vehicle, after all, however, thid EV will not disappoint you. The high-voltage lithium-ion batteries promise a range of 484 km on a single charge. Porsche will even offer an 800-volt fast charger with the car.
2021 Porsche Macan
Besides the new Taycan, Porsche has also launched the Macan facelift in India. The Macan gets three variants - Macan, Macan S, and Macan GTS.
Exterior and Interior Updates
The Macan SUV facelift has received a subtle change on the exterior. The facelifted SUV now gets a revised front grille, new LED headlamps, new mirrors, and bigger wheels. The top of the line GTS variant features a bespoke rear diffuser and plenty of black trim elements.
To keep things fresh inside the cabin, the SUV now has a redesigned center console. The tactile buttons of the old vehicle now have been altered with touch buttons making the cockpit look a lot less cluttered and more in line with the bigger Cayenne SUV. The SUV also gets a new and compact gear selector and GT sports steering wheel from the 911. The top of the line GT variant features an 18-way powered front seat as well.
Porsche offers a GTS Chrono package with the GTS variant at an additional cost. The GTS Chrono package includes- high-performance tyres wrapped to 21-inch GT design alloy wheels, Porsche Torque Vectoring, and Sport Chrono package.
What’s under the hood?
The base Macan gets a 2.0 Litre petrol unit which develops 265 bhp of peak power (20 more than the pre-facelift model). The Macan can accelerate from 0-100 kmph mark in 6.2sec and has a top speed of 232kph.
The Macan S uses a 2.9-liter V6 unit under the hood that replaced the 3.0 Litre V6 unit. The 2.9 Litre unit makes 280 Hp of peak power (26 hp more than the pre-facelift model). With the new V6 engine, the SUV sprints from a standstill to the 100 kmph mark in just 4.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 272 kph mark.
The same V6 unit powers the top-end Macan GTS variant as well. The V6 mill is retuned to produce 440hp of peak power (60 Hp more than the pre-facelift model) for the top variant on offer. With all that power on tap, the Macan GTS SUV accelerates from a standstill to the 100 kmph mark in just 4.3 seconds.
All variants of the Macan get Porsche’s 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and Porsche Traction Management all-wheel drive as standard.