It’s an EV, and a Porsche, all at the same time…
The 2020 Porsche Taycan S Turbo is the latest EV update to the sole EV from Porsche’s lineup of sports cars and it is here for a much more important mission than just going green and having a cleaner image. It’s here to say, that Porsche can build an EV, and that EV is going be as Porsche as any other Porsche you could imagine, borrowing character from across their lineup ranging from the 911s to the Panameras to the Caymans to the Cayennes and everything between so you need not worry about all the money that you’ll be coughing out, will get you a real Porsche, albeit a little different one, but definitely a Porsche. And in that process, also take a hit at the Tesla Model S, that is one of the most popular EV’s you could get for your money. So does the Taycan really have what it takes to beat the Tesla at its own game or will it be another attempt by an automaker experimenting to make an EV but not being able to sustain its popularity and merit. Also they call it a Turbo, there’s nothing turbocharged in here, Porsche says Turbo is more like their sub-brand which is for cars that are more extreme that the base cars they’re built on.
The design of the Porsche Taycan Turbo S is very much like a Porsche and even from a long long distance away, it’s unmistakably a Porsche. The dimensions of the Taycan Turbo S are quite similar and the Taycan will comfortably sit 4-5 people making it a very good car if you’re looking to move around with your family in it, just like the Tesla Model S. The design though very unique to the Taycan, is clearly inspired by the flagship Carrera 911 series of cars, especially the rear of the car and the newest 911s have a very similar tail-lamp layout too. The front gets LED headlamps with cornered DRL’s on every lamp that give it a very unique front end and has that electric treatment to the classic Porsche design philosophy.
The real magic about this car is in the motors that power it and the performance that comes along with it. Porsche claims the Taycan Turbo S will do 0-60 miles an hour in 2.4 seconds and go blistering away to a top speed of 162 miles per hour. The entire floor of the Taycan Turbo S is covered with a raft of lithium ion batteries that have a combined capacity of 93.4kWh which will give it juice for about 256 miles, and a longer 280 miles on the regular Turbo (somehow the cheaper car is better!). To push the car forward there are 2 motors on the car, one sitting on the front and one on the driveshaft towards the rear and it even gets a dual speed transmission with the first one geared for performance and the second one that’s more efficiency oriented and will be the gear in which the Taycan will drive in most of the times, in fact it’ll only engage the first gear if you’re in Sport or Sport+ modes otherwise it’ll start and move in the second gear any other time.
The transmission will push power to all the 4 wheels because, yes, the Taycan Turbo S is all wheel drive. The motors combined will make a maximum output of 751 brake horses but there’s a catch, it’ll only do it for a couple of seconds when launch control is engaged and the overboost is running but a constant peak torque output of a massive 774lb-ft which is a lot of power to be fair. There is however an interesting fact, the Taycan Turbo makes 670 brake horses in overboost and launch control engaged and the same amount of torque, but when both the cars are not over boosting and in launch control, will make the same 617 brake horses which is a little weird but it’s going to have all the power when it needs to so that doesn’t really matter at the end of the day. The Taycan Turbo S comes with almost 800V electrical system to save weight instead of going with the regular 400V and to charge it you could use a 270kW charger that’ll bump the battery from 5% to 80% in 22 minutes or with a regular charger, it’ll use the standard 50kW charging capacity but there’s a paid option that’ll bump its ability to 150kW.
The interiors on the car are all classic Porsche from a distant future. It gets displays across the dashboard stretching all the way to the front passengers side too and so is the climate control unit and the instrument clusters. The steering wheel though has the Porsche feel and you’ll be completely home with it. The seats are focused and comfortable and leather is used
generously across the interior, on the dashboard, central console and seats of course. The fit and finish off the car are incredible and keeps it in a class of its own. What’s more important however is how it drives… If you’ve ever driven a Porsche before, you’ll know they’re all cars that handle with incredible precision and it’s the sort of character that no other car maker really has been able to replicate, and the great news is, the Taycan Turbo S is true to that DNA even though it
doesn’t have a flat 6 engine on the rear and it is incredibly heavy at 2305 kilos. The driver sits low and straight and the pedals and the wheel strike the perfect balance of not being very heavy nor super light putting the response that they’ll deliver pretty much in the hands of the driver. Believe it or not, this car can be as relaxed as the Cayenne when you’re cruising and be as vicious as any of those race-spec 911s for the road giving it incredible character. The Taycan gets air springs and 21inch wheels for an even better and committed ride. This is where the Panamera character of this car comes to shine, as it rides incredibly smooth around city rounds, but push it hard, and it’ll corner brilliantly and precisely balanced even with all that weight thanks to the low center of gravity. The Taycan Turbo S is a proper drivers car and there’s no doubt about it.
The Porsche Taycan Turbo S is all worth that money if you’re looking for an EV that will drive like a performance car, it’s for those who want to really drive but also be more responsible towards the planet and have the money to afford the car. The Porsche Taycan Turbo S has a starting price of 186,350$.