Porsche marks the debut of its Taycan electric sports car in Singapore with a glitzy Star Wars collaboration at The Float @ Marina Bay
SINGAPORE — The Porsche Taycan made its debut in Singapore at an event held at The Float @ Marina Bay on 21 November, 2019, marking the first time that Porsche’s landmark electric car has made an appearance in Asia outside of China following its global unveiling back in September.
The event was held in conjunction with Lucasfilm, creators of the Star Wars film franchise, and marks the collaboration efforts between the two companies in designing a fantasy starship that will appear in the upcoming movie Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
“Asia Pacific is an important sales region for Porsche, with a continuously growing customer and fan base. With the Taycan, we are entering a new era and this spirit fits perfectly with the iconic Star Wars brand and the joint event here in Singapore,” said Matthias Becker, Vice President Region Overseas and Emerging Markets of Porsche AG (above left, with Arthur Willmann, Porsche Asia Pacific’s Managing Director, on the right).
Some 300 guests, consisting of the press, celebrities, social media influencers, and a small group of about 50 customers from around the region were in attendance, and were treated to a dazzling aerial drone show and marching stormtroopers which accompanied the Taycan as it was presented on stage.
The Taycan itself will be launched here in August 2020, and CarBuyer has all the details of Porsche’s groundbreaking electric vehicle (EV) from the car’s global launch event, as well as from the international drive in Europe.
To recap, there are currently three versions of the Taycan. The Taycan 4S will be the base model (for now), and will be available with two battery sizes, with the Performance version delivering 530hp, and the Performance Plus model offering 571hp. Range is rated at 407km and 463km respectively.
The Taycan Turbo meanwhile is the mid-range model, and churns out 680hp, and offering a range of up to 450km. The top-of-the-line Taycan Turbo S meanwhile puts out a whopping 761hp, and can go up to 412km on a single charge.
Aside from outright performance, the Taycan’s party piece is its ability to recharge at speeds faster than most current EVs can, thanks to its 800 volt charging system which allows it to gain 100km of range with just 5 minutes of charging.
Porsche Asia Pacific has not revealed full pricing details of the Taycan for Singapore yet, but says that they would ‘sit in between the equivalent Cayenne and Panamera’.
This would probably mean that the Taycan 4S would start around the S$500,000 mark or thereabouts, before Certificate of Entitlement (COE), while the Taycan Turbo would roughly cost around S$650,000 or so. The Taycan Turbo S meanwhile would probably be expected to retail around S$750,000 or thereabouts.