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Porsche Taycan electric vehicle to be recalled globally – UPDATE

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  • Porsche Taycan electric vehicle to be recalled globally – UPDATE

    UPDATE, 5 July 2021: Porsche has confirmed it is “reviewing and updating the software for the power electronics” globally on approximately 43,000 examples of the Taycan and Taycan Cross Turismo (Model Years 2020 and 2021).

    An official statement from the German sports car brand said: “Owners of the affected vehicles can continue to use them and will be contacted directly by their responsible Porsche partner.

    “A workshop appointment that will be free of charge should take place as soon as possible and the software update will take about an hour.”

    According to VFACTS industry data, 369 examples of the Porsche Taycan have been reported as sold in Australia since launch. However, it’s so far unclear if all cars will be affected by the recall.

    3 July 2021: Porsche is preparing to recall its 2021 Porsche Taycan electric sedan globally, according to a new report from Bloomberg citing insiders “familiar with the matter.”

    An alleged software fault could potentially cause the battery to disengage without warning, causing “loss of motive power while in motion at any speed.” The report notes there have been no known accidents or injuries caused by the fault to date.

    CarAdvice has contacted to Porsche Australia for further clarification on the local status of the Taycan. This story will be updated when more information becomes available.

    Three variants of the high-performance electric sedan are currently on offer in Australia: the entry-level 4S, mid-spec Turbo, and range-topping Turbo S. The Cross Turismo wagon will launch in 4S and Turbo guises later this year, followed by entry-level 4 Cross Turismo and rear-wheel-drive sedan models early next year.

    The Turbo S flagship – with the larger 93.4kWh battery pack, which is fitted as standard – produces 560kW/1050Nm, allowing the 0-100km/h sprint to be completed in a claimed 2.8 seconds (though CarAdvice's own testing has seen the figure drop as low as 2.4 seconds).

    In entry-level, rear-wheel-drive guise, the 2021 Porsche Taycan is priced from $156,300 before on-road costs in Australia. The Turbo S starts at $345,800 plus on-road costs.

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