The future is grand, if you’re a firm believer in all-electric vehicles like the 2023 Porsche Taycan. Not only will the new Porsche EV come with improvements externally to make it look better and give new owners more options, there’s been a software update that will increase the range of the 2023 models (well, most of them) along with other drivability and livability improvements. And even better, that software update isn’t just limited to the 2023 Taycans; it can be applied to earlier versions including the original 2020 Taycan. But don’t expect Porsche to claim that it will improve the range in those early models due to, you know, lawyers.
The latest software update changes the motor calibration, charging algorithm, and updates the Porsche Communication Management system (PCM) to Porsche’s 2023 calibration. These new updates to the Taycan improve the range of the model year lineup save for two submodels. This improvement is as high as 14.2 percent over and as small as 3.5 percent over the 2022 model’s range—see the chart below for the run-down.
The two outliers are the 2023 GTS and GTS Sport Turismo models, they are the only two models that won’t see an increase in range. That’s because the 2022 models were early adopters of this new motor and charging software and were also homologated separately from the rest of the MY2022 lineup. MY2023 GTS trims will now have the additional PCM calibration to match the 2023 Taycan lineup.
These updates can be applied to the previous model year Taycans. Unfortunately, the owners can’t do it themselves despite the Taycan’s OTA capability. The software update is an optional service for those 2022 and earlier Taycan models, and owners will need to go to their local Porsche dealers to have it uploaded. Porsche won’t claim that the new software will increase the range of the 2022 and under Taycans, but that’s mostly because they aren’t willing to redo their EPA figures for those earlier models; thus, they can’t make any official claims about improved range. Additionally, there is always a risk of some battery degradation that could affect those numbers on those older models, along with not being able to account for everyone’s driving habits. If owners see improved range, consider it a happy bonus.
Even so, Porsche encourages 2022 and under Taycan owners to still get the update as they point out there are additional improvements to drivability and charging that will benefit those vehicles. Specifically, the front motor now de-energizes in Normal and Range modes on dual-motor Taycans, which reduces the parasitic load across that axle, and regen settings are no longer lost when switching drive modes. The updated charging software now allows the battery on updated Taycans to precondition faster, and at a higher temperature, which improves charging performance when the battery is at higher states of charge.
|Trim||2022 EPA Est Range||2023 EPA Est Range||
|Taycan with Performance Battery Plus||225||242||7.50%|
|Taycan 4S with Performance Battery Plus||227||235||3.50%|
|Taycan GTS||246||246||No Change|
|Taycan Turbo S||201||222||10.40%|
|Taycan 4 Cross Turismo||215||235||9.30%|
|Taycan 4S Cross Turismo||215||230||6.90%|
|Taycan GTS Sport Turismo||233||233||No Change|
|Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo||204||233||14.20%|
|Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo||202||222||9.90%|
Perhaps most importantly for users who want to update their cars, the time it takes the software to be downloaded and copied to the car has improved significantly. It used to take as long as two days for some software updates to be implemented; while Porsche won’t promise you can get your Taycan back on the same day, it should still take less time than before.
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