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Porsche Updates Taycan With a Huge Jump in Range

Laurance Yap
February 29, 2024
The Porsche Taycan re-set our expectations for what a luxury performance sedan could be – using electric power. The 2025 model not only comes with performance improvements, but it’s massively more efficient as well, with an estimated range of over 400 miles.
Porsche Taycan exterior side view driving on a road

Electric Performance Sedan Gets More of Everything

It’s a little hard to believe that the Porsche Taycan is already four years old. Launched at the beginning of 2020, the luxury performance EV has sold over 150,000 copies worldwide, and has at times outsold the company’s iconic 911 sports car. Available in three different body styles, and a wide variety of power outputs, the Taycan has earned a reputation for amazing performance, impressive handling, and incredible comfort. But one area where it hasn’t been a standout is range. With the latest Taycan, which arrives in stores later this year, Porsche is fixing that – and improving everything else about the car, too.

Porsche Taycan exterior close up of back

2025 Porsche Taycan Range: 35 Percent Higher

Certainly, the headline figure for the new 2025 Taycan is a massive increase in its usable range. Current models of the Taycan have EPA range estimates up to 241 miles – more than enough for everyday driving, especially if you’re charging at home, but below the 300-mile threshold that most American customers seem to think is acceptable. The latest Taycan model has received a massive range boost, with the longest-range model (the rear-wheel drive Taycan with the Performance Battery Plus) scoring 421 miles on the European WLTP test, which should equate to close to 400 miles on the EPA testing cycle. The most popular model, the Taycan 4S, has a European WLTP estimate of 398 miles, while the powerful Turbo model has a 391-mile estimate.

The additional range comes a number of efficiency improvements throughout the car as well as a larger battery. The Performance Battery Plus has increased from 93 to 105 kWh, while the standard battery’s size has also been increased. Even better, charging speeds are up too; Porsche says the new Taycan can charge up to 320 kW – 50 kW faster than before, making it one of the fastest-charging EVs on the planet – and can sustain top charging speeds for much longer than it previously could, even at low temperatures. Indeed, a charge from 10 to 80 percent capacity now takes just 18 minutes instead of 37 minutes in the previous Taycan – despite the increase in battery size.

More Efficiency, More Performance and Equipment

Despite the larger battery, the new Taycan models actually weigh less than their predecessors by up to about 50 pounds, helping to make them more efficient. Every aspect of the drivetrain has also received efficiency upgrades. There is a modified pulse inverter with optimized software, a revised thermal management system, and a next-generation heat pump to warm and cool the cabin more efficiently. The Taycan’s regenerative braking function and all-wheel drive system have also been altered to recapture more energy when slowing down, helping to extend range and battery life.

The simultaneous improvement of performance and efficiency is down to a number of factors: an advanced powertrain with a new rear-axle motor with up to 80 kW more power than its predecessor on all models, a modified pulse inverter with optimized software, more powerful batteries, revised thermal management, a next-generation heat pump and a modified recuperation and all-wheel-drive strategy.

Despite the efficiency improvements, all Taycan models are actually more powerful and faster-accelerating than before. The rear-axle motor now produces up to 100 hp more than before, and a new “push to pass” button on the steering wheel unleashes an additional 95 hp when you want to zip by slower-moving traffic in an instant. Acceleration has improved accordingly, as well – the slowest model now gets to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds, while the fastest Turbo S model does the same feat in a stomach-churning 2.3 seconds, making it the fastest-accelerating Porsche of all time, gasoline or electric.

Standard equipment has also been enhanced, making the weight, performance, and efficiency improvements even more impressive. Formerly optional, the Taycan comes with a 360-degree camera system, electrically-folding mirrors, heated seats, an intelligent range manager, wireless charging tray, drive mode control, and dual charging ports. All models are also fitted with a sophisticated adaptive air suspension system, which allows drivers to vary the stiffness of the suspension as well as the Taycan’s ride height, for rough roads and steep driveways. A new Porsche Active Ride suspension is available as an option, and it “leans in” to corners to reduce passenger discomfort at higher cornering speeds.

Porsche Taycan interior close up

Porsche Taycan Design Upgrades

While the new Taycan is instantly recognizable, it’s distinguished by a number of visual updates on the exterior. New front- and rear-end styling features new HD matrix lighting units, and the front of the car is a bit flatter than before, emphasizing the vehicle’s width. The rear lights have a three-dimensional design, and a backlit Porsche logo is available. New wheel designs are more aerodynamic than before, and contribute to the model’s improved efficiency.

Inside, the new Taycan models have an updated curved digital instrument cluster with clearer graphics. The central control display responds even faster than before, and offers the latest version of Apple CarPlay, which offers control of many vehicle functions such as the climate control, lighting, and some drive functions through the CarPlay interface. There is also an optional passenger display that gives access to streaming video functions as well as other new features.

New interior options include more sustainable materials, too. While leather is still the standard choice for seats and trim, buyers can now choose “race-tex” synthetic suede made from recycled plastic bottles, as well as gorgeous hounds tooth seat fabric and vegan leather finishes.

Porsche Taycan exterior back view driving on a road by the sea

2025 Taycan: Pricing and Availability

All of this additional range, performance, and technology doesn’t come cheap, and most 2025 Taycan models jump in price compared to their 2024 predecessors. The base rear-wheel drive Taycan now has a starting MSRP $8,500 higher than before, with the top-end Turbo S models being over $14,000 more expensive. One piece of good news is that the best-selling Taycan 4S model has only experienced a $800 jump in its starting MSRP.

Pricing for full lineup is as follows. While no Taycan model is eligible for the $7,500 federal tax rebate due to their high starting MSRPs and the fact they are made outside of North America, you may be able to receive the incentive if you lease.

  • Taycan: starting MSRP of $99,400 ($8,500 increase)
  • Taycan 4S: starting MSRP of $118,500 ($800 increase)
  • Taycan Turbo: starting MSRP of $173,600 ($12,800 increase)
  • Taycan Turbo S: starting MSRP of $209,000 ($14,100 increase)
  • Taycan 4 Cross Turismo: starting MSRP of $111,100 ($9,200 increase)
  • Taycan 4S Cross Turismo: starting MSRP of $125,200 ($7,000 increase)
  • Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo: starting MSRP of $176,300 ($12,900 increase)
  • Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo: starting MSRP of $211,700 ($14,200 increase)

The 2025 Porsche Taycan models are available to order now, with the first vehicles being delivered in the U.S. this summer.