The forthcoming Porsche Taycan won’t just be the first ever all-electric offering from the performance German automaker. It’ll also be the world’s first production vehicle with Apple Music built-in.
Drivers with a subscription to the iTunes-killing service will be able to play over 50 million songs ad-free, thousands of curated playlists, and Beats 1 global livestream directly from the touchscreen display of the car’s cockpit—no smartphone needed.
All that’s required to do so is an internet plan, which comes complimentary for three years with purchase of the Taycan. And if you don’t renew the plan after it expires, there’s also support for Apple CarPlay.
For gearheads with a discerning ear, Porsche also offers an optional Burmester high-end surround sound system. When paired with Apple Digital Masters, jams will be delivered with studio-quality sound. Sounds like a reasonable sonic replacement for the rumble of an internal combustion engine.
It’s an exciting development for the anticipated EV. The Taycan is promised to deliver a zero-to-60 mph time that’s well under 3.5 seconds courtesy of a 90 kWh battery that produces around 600 horsepower.
The latest dispatch from Porsche promises that the electric powertrain will be able to deliver this acceleration consistently. A pre-series version of the Taycan ran 26 consecutive 124-mph hot laps at an airfield in Baden, Germany and showed little-to-no dip in performance over all attempts.
The Porsche Taycan will be presented in September before it hits dealership at the end of the year.