Updated Porsche Taycan Suggests 343 Mile Range for Audi e-tron GT

Audi hasn’t revealed their mid-lifecycle product improvement for the e-tron GT / RS e-tron GT just yet, but it’s only a matter of time now that Porsche is sharing details of the updating for the GT’s platform-mate Taycan. Notably, Porsche confirmed today in a press release that range would bump to 587 km based on real world testing of the car on California’s 405 and 5 expressways. That converts to 364 miles.

Is the number applicable? We believe it is. The test took place in a test where select journalists were invited to sample the new Taycan in various configurations. This ranged from Taycan Cross Turismo 4 Turbo wagon with 21-inch wheels to the lightest rear-wheel drive Taycan variant wearing 19-inch wheels. Each car was fitted with larger battery, packaged as Performance Battery Plus by Porsche.

Most applicable to the e-tron GT was the Taycan 4S on 20-inch wheels. The e-tron GT and Porsche Taycan are both based on the Porsche-developed J1 platform, and specs are very similar. It’s reasonable to think that updates applying to Taycan will carry forward also to the e-tron GT.

Want to learn more? Read the full press release below.

New Taycan Impresses with a Real-World Range of up to 587 Kilometres

[source: Porsche AG]

Initial test drives with pre-series Taycan between Los Angeles and San Diego showed that the new generation of the electric sports car has a total range of up to 587 kilometres. The Taycan has thus impressively demonstrated its greatly improved long-distance potential. The practical test took place this week on Interstate Highway 405 and 5.

Stuttgart/Los Angeles. Porsche launches the extensively updated Taycan. The new model variants offer more range as well as shorter and more robust charging processes. During an initial range test from Los Angeles to San Diego and back, pre-series models demonstrated their further improved efficiency. 

The all-electric sports cars covered up to 587 kilometres on one battery charge on public roads. “For the particularly efficient Taycan sports saloon with the large battery, this practical, final test resulted in a total range of up to 587 kilometres,” says the Vice President for the model line Kevin Giek. “A great result. The range test in Southern California impressively demonstrated how efficient the reworked Taycan is. We are continuing to focus on our ‘fast travel’ strategy for electric mobility: short charging stops paired with high real-world ranges thanks to efficient drives.”

The range test was carried out under everyday conditions. Twelve international media representatives drove four Taycan sports saloons and a Taycan Cross Turismo on three days on Interstate Highway 405 and 5 between the Southern Californian metropolises of Los Angeles and San Diego. The teams drove at the maximum speed of 75 mph permitted on interstates. This corresponds to around 120 km/h. All four test cars were equipped with the larger Performance Battery Plus. 

The Cross Turismo 4 with 21-inch tyres had a range of up to 512 km. The Taycan Turbo covered up to 555 km with a wheel and tyre combination of the same size. The Taycan 4S on 20-inch tyres managed up to 552 kilometres on a single battery charge. The Taycan with rear-wheel drive and 19-inch tyres managed an even more impressive 587 km. The outside temperature peaked at around 26 degrees Celsius. The highway was dry on the first two test days and very wet on the last day.

The cars were charged at the Electrify America Charger in Torrance/Los Angeles. Here, the Taycan demonstrated over 300 kW charging power for many minutes and was able to charge from 10 to 80 per cent state of charge several times in well under 20 minutes. The charging performance, charging time and the time it takes to start charging were also greatly improved in this test. 

Porsche has built almost 150,000 examples of the Taycan since the start of production. The main individual markets for the model are currently the US, the UK, Germany and China. The extensively revised Taycan will be presented in a few days.

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