I know, the slow drip of news from Porsche about the upcoming Taycan electric car is starting to shake. "Just show us the damn car," you probably think. I am, but I don't set the embargo, and here we are again. I've just come back from a long day's briefing on the new electric car, but I still can't tell you most of what I learned yet. However, the company has allowed us to share these pictures of the interior.
It's obviously a Porsche to look at; the original 911 was a strong influence both for the driving position and also for the shape of the dashboard. But it's also unmistakably futuristic – the main dashboard is a simple, slightly curved 16.8-inch display. Not only is it the biggest screen I've seen used like this in a production car, it sits naked, without a seam that shades it from bright sunlight. To combat glare, the screen is coated with a polarized layer, and it is angled slightly off-vertical to minimize reflections.
Taycan's design team has created a radically simple look for the main instrument panel. The "classic" mode – seen in these studio pictures – is a minimalist impression of the traditional horizontal cluster with round washers and gauges. You can replace the center disc with a moving map – also minimalist white-on-black and oh so tasteful or go whole hog and get the whole main view of the map. And it's a pure mode that just gives you the speed and cuts out all the other distractions you managed to do with a Saab. Around the left and right edges of the main instrument screen are icons for features such as headlamps, ride height and so on. (These are also the buttons to control them, but this is not a touch screen, and those icons never move.)
Don't you get infotained?
The most important 10.9-inch infotainment touch screen is exactly where you expect to find it: the center stack. Depending on how much you love your passenger, you can also choose another 10.9-inch touch screen for the seat. (We have no idea of the price of this option, and no pricing information about Taycan is available at this time.) If fitted, this may show completely different things than the one on the left, including navigation content. I'm waiting to find out how many GPUs Porsche needs to run all this and will report back when told.
Another touch screen – this 8.4-inch haptic feedback – resides in the center console, right in front of two large cupholders. The top half of this screen is permanently home to climate controls; the lower half acts as a trackpad controller for the infotainment system. For Taycans who have crossed in each there is even a fifth screen, placed between the rear seats to control their own climate.
Unusual for a Porsche, the company made a point to note that Taycan can come with a completely skin-free interior. This is fun if you've ever seen the price list for having different interior pieces of a 911 leather package, although the cynical in me says that the "Race-Tex" microfiber probably won't be a free option.
Listing image by Porsche