The Porsche Taycan are updated with greater autonomy, connectivity with Android Auto and colors of the nineties
Almost two years ago, we were able to test the Porsche Taycan, and that we consider a before and after in electric cars. Now, the German manufacturer has just announced an update to the sports car for 2022 that they report has achieved sales that are at the level of the 911, its most iconic car.
The changes that Porsche is showing off for its Taycan and Taycan Cross Turismo are focused, above all, in autonomy and technology, and is that for example they are now compatible with Android Auto.
On an aesthetic level, Porsche has brought back “cult colors” from the 90s, very popular in the 964 generation of the 911. Thus, among the different options, you can choose up to 65 classic colors, along with the 17 as standard.
Why does an electric car have less autonomy than advertised
Autonomy improvements without variation in homologated WLTP heats
Porsche has emphasized that the improved range of the different Taycan models does not translate into updates to the values of the car. WLTP cycle, which are those that all brands report as figures to compare autonomy. The manufacturer claims that the growth in autonomy lies in technological improvements.
For example, in the Normal and Range modes of the all-wheel drive variants, front engine disengages almost completely if throttle demand is low. Friction losses are also reduced by stopping power to the axles when the Taycan is moving inertia or stationary. Drivers can modify these behaviors by changing their driving modes.
Gama Taycan (WLTP): Electric range: 335 – 484 km; urban electric autonomy: 382 – 524 km
Gama Taycan Cross Turismo (WLTP): Electric range: 388 – 456 km; urban electric autonomy: 438 – 541 km.
On charging times, Porsche has not given figures either, but they also mention that they have improved thanks to the Turbo Charging Planner system, which allows the battery to heat up a bit more to start charging quickly earlier.
Android Auto tops the tech news
The new Taycan arrive with the sixth generation of Porsche Communication Management (PCM 6.0). The great novelty is that along with Apple CarPlay compatibility, which allowed iPhones to be natively connected, now comes compatibility with Android Auto.
This implies that cars can receive voice commands from the Google Assistant through the built-in microphones. They also boast that their own Voice Pilot system has also improved in terms of natural language recognition. The operating system itself has also been revamped a bit, giving more customization options such as ordering the icons individually.
The new Taycan also receive, if the owner purchases it, Remote Park Assist. This technology allows remote control of parking maneuvers from the smartphone, in line and battery spaces. If the space that the car estimates is sufficient, the driver can get out of the car and control it from the mobile.