Porsche released the Taycan last year and now back with the 2021MY with some changes and upgrades.
For the 2021 model year, the Taycan is set to receive some updates that fall mostly in the area of tech updates. Some of these are quite useful like a color head-up display which is divided into separate sections so that multiple info points can be presented simultaneously.
The color head-up display is now available for the electric sedan, projecting relevant information into the driver’s field of vision, with pre-sets including the navigation display, power meter and user-defined view.
A new Smartlift function is also likely to prove popular for anyone with steep driveways. This function is included on models with adaptive air suspension and can be programmed so that it automatically raises the car in certain, recurring locations.
The range-topping Taycan Turbo S is now 0.2 seconds quicker from 0 to 124 mph (0-200 km/h), which takes 9.6 seconds with Launch Control enabled. The quarter-mile time has also dropped by one tenth of a second, to 10.7 seconds.
The transition to 2021MY comes along with an optional 22-kW onboard charger that cuts the time it takes to charge the battery in half compared to the standard 11-kW charger. Porsche is also adding a new function to charge the battery while maximizing its lifespan by limiting the charging capacity to around 200 kW.
Support for over-the-air updates allows Porsche to offer what it refers to as Functions on Demand. These are basically optional features Taycan owners can get as monthly subscriptions, including Active Lane Keep Assist for €19.50 in Germany where the Porsche Intelligent Range Manager (PIRM) costs €10.72. Customers can obviously have these permanently at a one-time fee of €808.10 and €398.69, respectively. Power Steering Plus is also available as a Function on Demand, but it’s offered exclusively as a purchase option for €320.71. All pricing applicable in Germany.
Rounding off the changes brought by the model year changeover are the standard digital radio, an optional Carbon Sport Design package for all Taycan versions, and seven fresh paint choices: Ice Grey Metallic, Coffee Beige Metallic, Mahogany Metallic, Chalk, Neptune Blue, Cherry Metallic, and Frozenberry Metallic.
Finally, the charging system has been updated so that it can throttle back high-speed charging from the maximum 270-kilowatt rate to 200 kw when desired. According to Porsche, this will help extend the battery’s service life and reduce the overall power loss while charging, though it will mean longer charging time.