The electric Porsche Taycan 2020 apparently does everything quickly. In the Turbo S trim, it rips to 60 mph in an estimated 2.6 seconds en route to an alleged top speed of 162 mph. A prototype Taycan launched the infamous Nürburgring circuit at 12.8 kilometers as fast as a 2016 Cayman GT4. When used in the real world, the electric Porsche will even replenish its 93.4 kWh battery from 5 to 80 percent in just 22 minutes at the most powerful charging stations.
However, none of these feats are quite as remarkable as how quickly Taycan convinces you that it's a Porsche. Press the throttle to the floor, bend the steering wheel to a sweeper, or bomb over a bulky pavement, and the family resemblance is unmistakable. Despite weighing about 5,200 pounds and capturing all the personality of an internal combustion engine, the Taycan Turbo S dynamics are as true to the Porsche ethos as the car's starting price of $ 1
Looks like a Porsche, Corners Like a Porsche
Taycan can seat four or five passengers in a sedan body about the same length and width as a Tesla Model S, with a roof about two inches lower. From there, the similarities between Tesla and Porsche become more decent. While the Model S is a practical, long-range EV that happens to be dazzlingly fast, the Porsche is designed, engineered and styled with performance as the overriding concern.
You can feel Porsche's priorities even when the car is stationary. The Taycan cap slopes too fast to see it from the cockpit, framing the road between its apparent fenders. The falling roofline mimics the 911's, while still leaving enough ceiling height for cyclists up to six feet tall. Turbo S's standard 18-way power-adjustable sports seats are mounted low enough that Taycan avoids the usual EV compromise where even cars have the seating position as a crossover.
Turbo S runs across the road on standard air springs, adaptive dampers and 21-inch Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 tires that are as wide as a ruler are long behind. With a 1389-pound lithium-ion battery pack under the floor and wearing optional $ 3590 active anti-roll bars, Taycan whips around the corners anchored in an upright position. The steering wheel points to corners with stereotypical Porsche precision, although the feel and weight are not as perfectly dialed as you find in the brand's sports cars. Despite this cornering dissecting ability, Taycan never feels stiff or hard. The sophistication of cushioning and body control is such that there is no penalty quality penalty. This combination of sharp handling and smooth driving is Porsche's moat, the brand-defining attribute that no other car manufacturer seems capable of reliably copying.
Doing EVs Differently
Like all electric vehicles, Taycan Teflon is smooth and library quiet in the power supply. Until you perform a start-check-start, that is. With the front and rear electric motor combining a 2.5-second 750 horsepower and 774 pound-foot zap, the Taycan launch is as fresh as the Tesla Model S's Ludicrous mode. The thrust will wrap the lungs around the spine and sink the luncheon into your legs, and just as your mind catches your body, the rear engine's two-stage transmission literally slams you in the back of the head with an extra push.
Taycan is the first EV to feature a multispeed gearbox, providing faster acceleration in the first gear and greater efficiency and top speed on the second. Porsche starts first in the first gear in Sport and Sport Plus mode, and you will only feel the slightest interruption in the torque when it shifts in most situations. But during a launch, the transmission shifts fast and fast without worrying about anyone's comfort. It is unlike anything we have experienced in an EV.
Also different is that there is no single pedal running in the electric Porsche. Taycan buys EV steer and provides minimal or no regenerative braking when the driver lifts off the accelerator pedal, depending on which of the three selectable modes in use. With the rain set on On, Taycan's electric motors slow down just enough to mimic a coastal combustion vehicle. If you turn off the rain completely, Porsche can sail freely down the road. An automatic setting uses the forward-facing camera and regenerative braking to maintain a distance between Taycan and the car in front of it.
For Porsche, the lack of coastline is a philosophical statement. The engineers think it is easier for a motorist to modulate the deceleration with a pedal instead of two. Use the brake pedal as you would in a gasoline car, and says Porsche, Taycan will perform 90 percent of everyday braking with the electric motors that take power. When the brake-for-wire controller intervenes in the conventional friction binders for more aggressive deceleration, it does so by imperceptibly mixing the two systems.
Range (Probably) Doesn & # 39; t Matter
We are still waiting for Taycan & # 39; s EPA ranking, but we estimate that figure will come around 225 miles in combined city / highway driving. No matter what official number we are, we are confident that Tesla's 3-mile Model Range will remain unmatched as the king of range. While Porsche can charge faster, the number of charging stations that can provide the 270 kilowatts needed for the 22.5 minute 75 percent charge is a fraction of Tesla's Supercharger drives.
None of this is likely to matter to Taycan buyers, though. Just as the Tesla faithful look past the company's quality and customer service, we bet that most Taycan buyers don't mind Porsche's crippled assortment. An almost 200K electric Porsche will hardly be the only car – or their only Porsche, for that matter. Those who collect expensive and special Porsches should notice this. Taycan faithfully adheres to Porsche's values while connecting to our understanding of what an EV can be.