At the LA Auto 2019 taking place these days, Porsche is displaying three new products: an ‘affordable’ Tacan 4S, a ‘hot’ Macan Turbo and the 99X Electric race car.
The USA, mainly due to California, is the second largest market for Porsche. Last year the company delivered more than 57,000 units there. U.S. sales are up for 9 consecutive years. 45,062 vehicles were sold in the first 9 months of 2019.
2020 Porsche Taycan 4S
The entry-level Porsche Taycan 4S joins the Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S versions.
It comes with two battery choices: a 79.2-kWh Performance Battery (standard) generating up to 390 kW (530 hp) and a 93.4-kWh Performance Battery Plus (optional) with 420 kW (571 hp).
Both variants accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.0 seconds reaching a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).
The WLTP-estimated driving range is 407 and 463 km, the peak charging power is 225 kW and 270 kW, respectively.
With motors on front and rear axles to facilitate all-wheel drive, as well as a 2-speed gearbox on the rear axle, the Porsche Taycan’s 4S drive architecture comprises the same main technical highlights as its siblings.
A drag coefficient figure is impressive – from 0.22 Cd. With the Performance Battery Plus, the car’s combined power consumption is 25.6 kWh/100 km.
The Taycan 4S with the Performance Battery starts at $103,800, while the Performance Battery Plus model is priced at $110,380. The car is available for reservation. It will reach the EU showrooms in January 2020, and the U.S dealerships – in spring 2020.
2020 Porsche Macan Turbo
Porsche has also brought the Macan Turbo to Los Angeles, which is a stronger, faster and more agile version of the flagship model.
It received a new 2.9-liter 6-cylinder biturbo engine that delivers 324 kW (440 hp) – 10% more power than its predecessor from 20% less displacement.
Combined fuel consumption is 24 mpg (9.8 l/100 km); CO2 emissions – 224 g/km.
With the optional Sport Chrono package, the vehicle accelerates to 62 mph in 4.3 seconds (faster that before). The maximum speed is 168 mph (270 km/h), it is a 2.5 mph (4 km/h) increase.
The high-performance Porsche Surface Coated Brake (PSCB) system is standard for this modification. It makes up to 90% less brake dust than conventional cast iron brakes.
Externally, the car is a typical latest-generation Macan but with unique Turbo-specific accents (front end, roof spoiler). The interior features adaptive 18-way sports seats and a BOSE sound system.
The Porsche Macan Turbo’s base price is $84,950, which is a considerable $6,700 rise over the price of the model it replaces.
Porsche 99X Electric
With the Porsche 99X Electric, the carmaker will participate in the 2019/2020 ABB FIA Formula E Championship. A presence in motorsport with electric racing cars is part of Porsche’s “Mission E” strategy.
The Porsche 99X Electric is also a development platform for future all-electric products of the brand. The race car gets power from the Porsche E-Performance Powertrain.