The interior of the forthcoming, all-electric Porsche Taycan has been revealed in full, ahead of the car’s scheduled launch at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. The Taycan will be the German brand’s first all-electric vehicle, which will go head-to-head with the Tesla Model S when it goes on sale in 2020.
The Taycan’s instrument cluster is splayed across a 16.8-inch curved screen set behind anti-glare glass, an all-digital readout that mimics the classic Porsche 911. Depending on selected display mode—Classic, Map, Full Map, and Pure—the gauges can display high-resolution maps, speedometer, state of charge, navigation information, outside temperature, and time, among other information. The instrument cluster is set low behind the steering wheel with no cowl above it for a minimalist, clean look. Flanking the instrument cluster are surface buttons for lights, ride height, suspension stiffness, and traction control modes.
In Classic mode, a power meter replaces the traditional tachometer from gas-powered Porsches with a speed readout in the middle of the power circle. Map mode replaces the power meter with a high-resolution map, similar to current Porsche models that show maps along the sides of the binnacle. In Full Map mode, the instruments are replaced entirely by a digital map display. In Pure mode, the instrument cluster is pared down to speed, traffic signs, and arrows only for navigation information.
Another advanced nod comes in the form of electrically controlled climate control vents. Paired with a “Virtual Airflow Control” system, owners can select presets for airflow from the climate control system and adjust the electric shutters independently. Finally, an additional 5.9-inch display manages the climate controls in the rear as part of an optional four-zone climate control package. Porsche says traditional louvers belong in the past – we’ll need to play with these electric things more before we’ll agree, though.
Porsche may have gone electronics crazy with the Taycan’s interior design, but it got one thing oh, so very right: the location of the starter button. Drivers will turn on their Taycans using a button positioned to the left of the steering wheel—where the ignition has lived on every Porsche to date. Why? Because back in the day, the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race would begin with drivers sprinting to their cars, turning them on, and driving off. Placing the ignition to the left of the steering wheel and closer to the door gave Porsche’s drivers a tiny edge. Sure, the Taycan’s starter button could be placed anywhere—it’s electronic—but it shouldn’t have been placed anyplace else.