The 2021 Porsche Taycan is simply an astounding work of engineering.
It’s a sumptuously appointed luxury sedan that comfortably seats four adults. It’s a technology exposition, with a curved-glass instrument cluster the driver can customize, a second (optional) screen for the passenger, and downloadable updates that can change the car’s performance. The Taycan does all of this while managing a 0-to-60 mph run in 2.4 seconds (in Turbo S trim) and not burning a drop of gasoline.
Get in line.
“Our original production capacity for the Taycan was 20,000 units this year – we’ve sold that many in the first half of the year,” Porsche Chief Executive Oliver Blume told reporters at this week’s Munich Auto Show.
A worldwide shortage of microchips has hobbled much of automotive production. Added to the demand for the Taycan — which starts at over $80,000 — that has resulted in wait times of over six months.
In the short term, those conditions are unlikely to change. Some analysts now believe the chip shortage could stretch into 2023.
In the longer term, Porsche will undoubtedly overcome the shortages. The company plans to offer a mostly-electric lineup as part of a plan to go carbon-neutral by 2030. It reserves the right to continue building some gasoline-powered cars indefinitely, however. Blume has told reporters in the past that it’s challenging to imagine a 911 without internal combustion.
Porsche’s next step on the road to electrification will be an electric version of its popular Macan SUV. The company hasn’t given a reveal date for that vehicle.
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