Electric sports cars jump off the line and have massive torque, but the Porsche Taycan Turbo S is something else

All German automakers are very serious about the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, so they are working hard to reduce them by designing electric cars. As a high-performance brand, Porsche is one of the leaders in this field.

Hence the introduction of the high-performance all-electric Taycan – yes a sedan, this is a four-door family car, not a two-door coupe.

Porsche tells us that the name Taycan consists of two terms of Turkic origin that can roughly be translated as “the spirit of a lively young horse.” Porsche tells us that the first all-electric model will be “energetic, exuberant, powerful, light-footed over long periods of time without fatigue, and free of spirit.”

OK, that might sound like an overkill waffle to us in Australia, but once we’ve driven it, we tend to agree with the way the Porsche Taycan felt. See our comments on this in the “Leadership” section of this report.

the design

The Taycan looks a little strange in front of my eyes, with its slightly bulging “hood” and vertical stripes next to the headlights. Beauty is of course in the eyes of the beholder, and others may like it.

I think the rear is much better from a design point of view, with a coupe-like tail and a large black sunroof that blends beautifully with the black glass of the rear window.

Interior Design

There is a very large selection of dash devices, with three screens. The one in front of the driver is large and contains a lot of information on the state of play in the Taycan. The central display allows access to many features, including speed, current power consumption, distance to vacuum, navigation, and temperature control.

The left screen is located in front of the passenger and allows them to monitor the map to help with navigation.

There’s more room inside than you might expect, in part due to the fact that it’s nearly five meters long. There is seating for four and those in the back won’t have to ask those in front of them to give up any of their space. However, tall people in the back may grab onto the ceiling.

The front seats are heated and cooled and are well designed to support them without being too aggressive.

Information and entertainment

Bose’s 14-speaker audio provides an excellent output and we found it easy to adjust to our preferences.

Porsche Taycan Turbo S.
camera iconPorsche Taycan Turbo S. credit: supplied

POWERTRAIN

There are two electric motors – one in the front and one in the rear. Front power is 175 kW / 400 Nm on the Turbo S, and the rear delivers up to 335 kW / 550 Nm when boosted to give more grunt.

The Turbo S’s range is rated from 390 km to 416 km by a globally coordinated light vehicle testing procedure.

One of the strong selling points of the Taycan in Australia is that it comes with a free three-year subscription to Chargefox.

safety

The Porsche Taycan was awarded a five-star safety rating by Euro NCAP in 2019.

Leadership

We’ve always enjoyed the way electric powered vehicles jump off the line and have massive torque – but the Taycan is something else again. From zero to 100 km / h in 2.5 seconds!

The first time I did this, my head was pushed back into the headrest and I could feel the tension in my neck. I didn’t make that mistake again, making sure it was against the headrest – thus avoiding neck strain and enjoying a full dragster-like performance.

When I was a young guy on the road testing high-performance cars in the 1970s, the goal was anything under six seconds to 60 mph (97 km/h) and faster than 15 seconds for the quarter mile. And that needs a big, hot V8 engine.

This Porsche electric car drops well under three seconds to 100 km/h, and odd numbers for the quarter mile. How times have changed.

On the road, the Taycan has smart electronics to aid cornering by feeding just the right torque from front, rear and side to side. You can feel it happening but we didn’t have access to the racetrack to test it to the max. maybe later …

Comfort is good for a high-performance car and remember that this is a four-door sedan, not a two-door sports coupe. On some surfaces there is minimal tire noise, on others it is as quiet as any midsize luxury car.

Porsche electric car.
camera iconPorsche electric car. credit: supplied

Porsche’s first electric car

The Taycan is not Porsche’s first electric car. In 1898 Ferdinand Porsche designed the Egger-Lohner C.2 Phaeton. The car was powered by an octagonal electric motor with a power of three to five horsepower. Its top speed was 25 km / h.

Glimpse

Model range

  • Taycan RWD Sedan: $156,300
  • Taycan 4S AWD Sedan: $194,700
  • Taycan Turbo AWD Sedan: $276,300
  • Taycan Turbo S AWD Sedan: $345,800
  • Taycan Cross 4 Turismo: $176,600
  • Taycan Cross 4S Turismo: $205,300
  • Taycan Cross Turbo Turismo: $279,000

Note: These prices do not include government or merchant delivery fees. Contact your local Porsche dealer for accessible car prices.

Specs (Porsche Taycan electric four-door sedan)

engine:

  • Capacity: Not applicable
  • Configuration: Not applicable
  • Maximum power: 560 kW
  • Maximum torque: 1050 Nm
  • Fuel type: Not applicable
  • Combined fuel cycle (ADR 81/02): l/100 km
  • CO2 emissions: g/km

driving line:

Dimensions, weight and capabilities:

  • Length: 4963 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2900 mm
  • Width: 1966 mm
  • Height: 1378 mm
  • Involute: Not supplied
  • Empty mass: 2295 kg
  • Fuel tank capacity: Not applicable liters

brakes:

  • Front: ventilated disc
  • Rear: ventilated disc

Standard Warranty:

  • Three years / unlimited kilometers

Categories:

  • Looks: 7/10
  • Performance: 10/10
  • Safety: 9/10
  • Thirst: 6/10*
  • Operation: 8/10
  • Comfort: 8/10
  • Technical: 9/10
  • Value: 7/10

*Note that we rated our Thirst as Low because its range is much lower than that of a conventional vehicle.

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