Porsche Taycan etymology: What does its name mean and come from?

Due on sale in 2019, and based on the Mission E concept, the Porsche Taycan is its first all-electric car, but what’s the meaning behind the name?


Porsche says the name Taycan has Eurasian roots, although we can’t quite figure out which language it’s meant to come from. The company says its name roughly translates to “lively young horse”, and is a reference to the animal that’s been on the company’s crest since 1952.

“Our new electric sports car is strong and dependable; it’s a vehicle that can consistently cover long distances and that epitomises freedom”, Oliver Blume, Porsche’s chairman, said in a prepared statement.

The company also claims the “oriental name also signifies the launch of the first electric sports car with the soul of a Porsche”.




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Porsche Taycan etymology: What does its name mean and come from?