After a highly-anticipated wait, two legendary icons, Porsche and Star Wars, finally came together for the Porsche Asia Pacific premiere of the new all-electric Taycan in Singapore, in a manner perfectly befitting the brand’s entry into a new era with its first-ever all-electric production car, the Porsche Taycan.
And so the Marina Bay Floating Platform was transformed into a spaceport for the evening, with the futuristic splendour of Singapore’s most photogenic skyline as its backdrop. About 300 selected guests, including media, influencers and celebrities from the region were invited to witness this spectacular moment in time and space, where two titans have come together to create something truly out of this world to welcome the Taycan to the region, ahead of its market launches next year.
The Taycan might be all-electric, but it remains to be a true Porsche through and through.
“The Taycan links our heritage to the future. It is a fascinating sports car with exciting driving dynamics, performance and technology – and like every Porsche ever built, it comes with a soul. Something you will feel immediately, once you get behind the steering wheel,” said Arthur Willmann, Managing Director of Porsche Asia Pacific.
Like its fellow 911s, performance is key here, and the Taycan Turbo is capable of creating 680hp and completing the 0-100kph sprint in 3.2 seconds. The flagship Turbo S version, on the other hand, generates up to an exhilarating 761hp in combination with Launch Control and accelerates to 100kph in 2.8 seconds. The EVs have an impressive range of 450km and 412km of range respectively, giving you more than enough distance for all your daily missions.
As the first production vehicle with a system voltage of 800 volts instead of the usual 400 volts for other electric cars, the Porsche Taycan also stands out for its ability to charge remarkably quickly. Hit up one of the direct current (DC) chargers from the high-power charging network for about five minutes and you’ll get a range of up to 100km, while the charge time for five to 80 percent is only 22.5 minutes.
In the lead up to the new Star Wars film Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker, Porsche and Lucasfilm also surprised fans with the global debut of their new fantasy starships’s design sketches.
On hand to share the intricacies of this unique design process were Michael Mauer, Vice President Style Porsche at Porsche AG and Doug Chiang, Vice President and Executive Creative Director, Lucasfilm.
“Although one brand is placed in a fantasy universe and one in the real world, it’s interesting that both are defined very much by their iconic design principle. The basic challenge of the design brief was to design a starship that would both be true to the Star Wars universe and Porsche design DNA,” said Chiang.
Mauer shared the same excitement, saying “Even though they do not seem to share many elements at first glance, both worlds have a similar design philosophy. The close collaboration with the Star Wars design team inspires and fascinates us – it was a pleasure to present the design process and some sketches together with Doug Chiang in Singapore.”
The theme of “Soul, electrified” continued with the activities throughout the night. Guests were able to live the Jedi life for a night with a light painting photo booth (with lightsabers, of course), as well as design their dream Taycan with an augmented reality app. A drone show was also orchestrated for the event to highlight the features of the car and was a true spectacle against the starry clear night skies of Singapore.
Watch the video above for all the highlights.