The 2023 Porsche Taycan has officially been announced and it’s getting major upgrades. These software improvements enhance the car’s capabilities, enabling it to go farther and charge more quickly. Previous model year vehicles can get the same updates, bringing them to 2023 spec. However, the extensiveness of the update depends on the model year of the vehicle, meaning older cars get the most improvements.
2023 Porsche Taycan: Range and Charging Improvements
Going through the list of updates, the powertrain receives the most significant ones for the 2020 and 2021 cars. In Normal and Range modes, dual-model AWDs operate almost exclusively on the rear electric drive motor. This happens mainly in low-load operations where the car doesn’t require full power. While coasting, the car disengages both electric drive motors, allowing it to freewheel and use less energy. Porsche also revised the energy recuperation strategy or the regenerative braking system and retains the automatic recuperation setting even when changing drive modes.
The thermal management system now reuses wasted heat from other vehicle components to pre-condition the battery. This allows the pack to warm up sooner in cold temperatures. As a result, it can DC charge quicker and more frequently over a wider range of battery levels. For 2020 and 2021 Taycans, this update increases their driving range and shortens the charging time.
Infotainment and Convenience Tweaks
Vehicles built in 2020, 2021, and up to mid-February 2022 receive new infotainment functions. Along with a new home screen, the update adds Spotify and wireless Android Auto. Furthermore, the built-in navigation system now possesses the ability to filter charging stations based on their energy output. The 2021 cars also get an updated head-up display that shows more content and gets an updated navigation map.
On the driver assistance front, the sensors for the ParkAssist function now work at a greater range. This enables 2020, 2021, and 2022 cars to detect smaller spaces and offer them as an option to the driver. An over-the-air (OTA) has also been added to enable keyless entry for the doors and trunk upon request for all model years.
More Powerful Onboard Charger
Last but not least Porsche announced that the owners can now retrofit their vehicles with the 22-kW onboard charger. This allows the Taycan to charge faster on a level 2 AC charger. For the European and North American markets, this paid upgrade also activates plug and charge functionality. Owners with older vehicles can combine this update with the software update as part of a service visit since the latter requires one.