Porsche finally shows the interior of its new electric car

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  • The line of the dash as it rises and falls over the main instrument display is classic 911. But the execution is ultramodern minimalism.
  • No, there really is no cowl over the main instrument panel. The screen is not an OLED, I discovered. Porsche
  • There are two big cupholders. Oh, and a bunch more screens. The one in front of the passenger seat is an optional extra. Porsche
  • A Taycan design sketch. Porsche
  • Another Taycan interior sketch. Porsche
  • Yes, you guessed it, another Taycan interior sketch. Porsche

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I know, the slow drip of news from Porsche about its forthcoming Taycan electric car is starting to grate. “Just show us the damn car,” you‘re probably thinking. I am, but I don‘t set the embargoes, and so here we are again. I‘ve just got back from a long day‘s briefings about the new electric car, but I still can‘t tell you most of what I learned yet. However, today the company has allowed us to share these images of the interior.

It‘s unmistakably a Porsche to look at; the original 911 was a heavy influence for both the driving position and also the shape of the dashboard. But it‘s also unmistakably futuristic—the main instrument panel is a single, 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 cowl to shade 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.

The Taycan‘s design team has created a radically simple new look for the main instrument panel. The “Classic” mode—seen in these studio shots—is a minimalist take on the traditional horizontal cluster of round dials and gauges. You can replace the center dial with a moving map—also minimalist white-on-black, and oh so tasteful, or go the whole hog and make the entire main display the map. And there‘s a Pure mode which just gives you your speed, cutting out all the other distractions like you were able to do with a Saab. Around left and right edges of the main instrument display are icons for functions like the headlights, ride height, and so on. (These are also the buttons to control them, but this is not a touchscreen, and those icons never move.)

Are you not infotained?

The main 10.9-inch infotainment touchscreen is right where you expect to find it: the center stack. Depending on how much you love your front passenger, you can also option a second 10.9-inch touchscreen for their seat, too. (We have no idea of the price of this option, and no Taycan pricing info is available at this time.) If fitted, this can display completely different stuff than the one to its left, including navigation content. I‘m waiting to find out how many GPUs Porsche needs to run all of this and will report back once it tells me.

Another touchscreen—this 8.4-inch one features haptic feedback—lives in the center console, just ahead of two large cupholders. The top half of this screen is permanently home to the climate controls; the bottom half works as a trackpad controller for the infotainment system. For Taycans that have had every box ticked, there‘s even a fifth screen, located between the rear seats for controlling their own climates.

Unusually for a Porsche, the company made a point to note that the Taycan can come with an entirely leather-free interior. This is amusing if you‘ve ever seen the price list for having different interior bits of a 911 leather-wrapped, although the cynic in me says the microfiber “Race-Tex” will probably not be a no-cost option.

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