The cleanly styled dashboard of the original 1963 911 was the inspiration. The stated goal was to bring it into the present day. The cockpit signals the start of a new era with its clear structure and a completely new architecture. It is clearly driver-focused. The instrument panel has a clean, minimalist and ultra-modern design, and operating the controls is quick and not distracting. The free-standing, curved instrument cluster forms the highest point on the dashboard. It is clearly focused towards the driver and ensures that everything that is needed for driving is in view.
The innovative instrument cluster consists of a 16.8-inch curved display with the round form that is typical of Porsche. A cowl has been omitted, which ensures a slim and modern appearance in the style of high-quality smartphones and tablets. Drivers can choose between four display modes for the instrument cluster:
- “Power Meter” mode evokes the round instruments typical of Porsche. This display delivers clearly arranged information for fast readability. A power meter replaces the rev counter as the middle instrument.
- “Map” mode replaces the central power meter with a map section.
- “Extended Map” mode intentionally omits the round instruments. Instead, a navigation map is shown across the full display.
- The “Reduced” view is limited to essential driving information such as speed, road signs and navigation instructions using a minimised arrow.
- In the optional “Night View” mode, the Night View display becomes the central element in the display.
The small, touch control fields at the edges of the screen operate the light and chassis functions. The instrument cluster is therefore wider than the steering wheel and reminiscent of the original 911.
A colour head-up display is now available as an option. This projects relevant information directly into the driver’s field of vision, divided into the main display section, status section and a section to show temporary content, such as calls or voice control commands. A navigation display, power meter and a user-defined view can also be selected as presets.
The steering wheel has a visually light appearance and two versions are available: in addition to the multifunction sports steering wheel in leather, which can be personalised with colour inserts as part of the Accent package, Porsche also offers the GT Race-Tex multifunction sports steering wheel as an option. It has a distinctive design with visible screw heads and features a typical Porsche round Drive Mode switch, which can be used to select the various driving modes.
The wing-shaped upper and lower sections of the dashboard stretch across the entire width of the car. A central 10.9-inch infotainment display and an optional passenger display are combined to form an integrated glass band in a black-panel look, which blends in visually with the interior.
Complete makeover for all user interfaces
The number of classic hardware controls such as switches and buttons has been greatly reduced. Instead, control is intelligent and intuitive – using touch operation or the voice control function, which responds to the command “Hey Porsche”.
All vehicle configurations for the Taycan, such as Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), can easily be set up on the central screen via direct access. The driver can quickly access all apps via a clearly structured and customisable home screen. Apps include navigation, telephone, media, comfort and Porsche Connect. With the optimised voice control function, drivers can access the required function even faster. For the first time, front passengers in the Taycan also have the option of their own touch display, allowing them to easily adjust settings without distracting the driver.
The elevated centre console intensifies the feeling of a low, sporty seating position, as you would expect from a Porsche. It features a large 8.4-inch touch panel with haptic feedback. This allows the air-conditioning settings to be adjusted directly. Integrated handwriting recognition also allows addresses to be entered quickly.
Every detail has been reduced to the essentials. Like the Porsche 918 Spyder, the Taycan has a compact direction selector switch in the instrument panel instead of the classic lever. This gives the centre console a tidy look and creates storage space. A reduction to the essentials and a clear approach are also evident in the air vents, which have been fully modernised and can be operated intuitively. Traditional, mechanically operated louvres belong in the past, as airflows are now controlled both digitally and fully automatically (Virtual Airflow Control). By clicking the Climate menu, it is possible to switch between ‘Focused’ for fast, directional cooling and ‘Diffused’ for draught-free air conditioning. If the optional four-zone automatic climate control system (Advanced Climate Control) has been specified, an additional 5.9-inch touch control panel with haptic feedback allows the system to be operated from the rear seats.
A wide range of personalisation options and innovative material concepts
The Taycan’s colour and material concept allows for individualised equipment, from traditional through to sustainable and modern. As standard, the Taycan comes with a partial leather interior as well as front comfort seats with eight-way electrical adjustment. There is the option of classic leather as well as the sustainably tanned Club Leather OLEA, which uses olive leaves in the tanning process. The natural quality of the leather is accentuated by a special cloud print. A new feature is the fully leather-free interior with state-of-the-art surface textures. Race-Tex material is used here, a high-quality microfibre material partially consisting of recycled polyester fibres. The floor covering uses the recycled fibre Econyl®, which is made in an innovative production process using, among other things, recycled fishing nets.
The Taycan is available with a wide range of interior and exterior configurations in traditional and modern styles. Interior accents and trims underline the attention to detail, while meeting the highest quality standards typical of Porsche in terms of material characteristics and workmanship. The interior colours Black-Lime Beige, Blackberry, Atacama Beige and Meranti Brown are exclusively available on the Taycan. The optional interior Accent package also gives customers a choice of special contrasting colour schemes. Customers can choose from Matt Black, Dark Silver or Neodyme, an elegant champagne tone. The trim for the doors and centre consoles can be wood, matt carbon, embossed aluminium or fabric.
In addition to the host of innovations, there is another detail that should not be missing in any Porsche. As with the ignition lock on conventional Porsche models, the power button is located on the left behind the steering wheel.