This is Porsche’s first all-electric car, introduced by the Mission E concept in 2015.
Let’s start by fixing a couple of things. Despite Porsche’s titanic engineering efforts to advance electric car technology – and as I’ll try to explain, it is – the Taycan is still an electric car. That means you still have limitations, namely range (280 miles for the Turbo if you drive like a learner), charge time (5-80% in 22.5 minutes if you can find one of the few DC chargers in Europe capable to deliver 270KW) and weight (2.3 tons).
Stefan Weckbach, the man responsible for delivering the Taycan, predicts that when solid-state batteries come into use in the next two years, you’ll be able to buy a Taycan with the same power and range as this one, but 400kg. lighter. For now, the Taycan is at the forefront of what’s possible.
How does it compare to a Tesla?
It’s also not as fast from 0 to 62 mph, doesn’t go as far on a charge, and costs more than a Tesla Model S Plaid. Thanks Teslerati for reporting this once every 14 seconds since Taycan was released. But numbers are not everything. Weckbach insists that while he’s driven every electric vehicle on the market, the only benchmark that mattered was making it run as much like a 911 as possible. Aim for the moon and all. So, from a blank sheet of paper in mid-2014, this is what Porsche came up with.
What is the situation with the battery?
Based on the same “J1” platform as the Audi e-tron GT, the Taycan comes in several versions. The first is the old Taycan, which is rear-wheel drive and has a 79 kWh battery suspended between the two axles. The Taycan 4S adds another electric motor on the front axle for all-wheel drive and gets a bit more power (but the same battery). Meanwhile, the Taycan Turbo and Turbo S get even more power and a large 93 kWh battery. This battery can be added to the regular Taycan or 4S for just under £5,000.
Atop the skateboard chassis, with Panamera-style suspension and optional four-wheel steering, sits a four-door, four-seat body. Its narrow bonnet and wide hips are designed to fill the blank space under the big Panamera and Panamera Sport Turismo.
It has a nice shape: a longer 911 than a shrunken Panamera. You can dress in invisibility with dark blue paint and silver wheels, or scream loud enough with five spokes framed by a body-color wheel (inspired by the Mission E concept), or 21-inch “fan” wheels in carbon or color. of the bodywork… or the gold. But don’t take my word for it, jump right into the configurator and say goodbye to the productivity of the day.
What does this “Turbo” badge do on an electric vehicle?
Since its arrival on the 911 in 1974, Turbo has become a sub-brand, designating the fastest models in each model line. Porsche didn’t want its EV to get any special treatment. This is why it is also called the Taycan, a typical Porsche name, instead of the Mission E.
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Our choice of the range.
What’s the verdict?
The Taycan can absolutely entertain in the right way and is a joy to drive: a GT with the heart of a sports car. More importantly, it’s a real Porsche that runs on electricity.
Really, this is great news for anyone who loves fast cars. Electric cars are coming whether we like it or not, and the balance between performance, range and handling will only improve from there. Porsche isn’t shy about going electric: the Taycan Cross Turismo estate and the slightly sleeker Taycan Sport Turismo are great additions to the range, while an all-electric Macan is expected in 2023. All-electric replacements for the Boxster and the Cayman, as well as electric versions of the Cayenne and Panamera, are also in the pipeline. In this order.
A note from us: Porsche, do everything you can to keep the 911 running on gasoline. The rest can go electric, no problem, but imagine being able to buy a new petrol 911 in 20 years… it’s the beating heart of the brand (yes, even if more Taycans have moved around the world in 2021) and it will feel as unique and bold as the Taycan now.
As for the Taycan you want, the regular rear-wheel drive car is probably the Taycan-dom sweet spot. yes it still is TopGear.com, and we recommend the slower version. Simply because it’s by no means “slow” and because now you feel like you’re getting the real deal: This interior turns Tesla’s design and build quality into a tricorn hat, and eliminates the front wheels that have to transmit the drive. To the road. world class steering and really nice crisp balance.
Madness, how it was achieved on a 2.1 tonne barge. And yet, it’s probably the most complete electric vehicle on the planet, if you love cars more than numbers.
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