2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo

Porsche Taycan Sound

Porsche Taycan Turbo review; join the electric future

Tesla introduced its Model S in 2012. However, the establishment still has not been involved. Decide on Ludicrous Mode, and the main Model S Performance can rocket to 62 miles per hour in 2.7 secs. Switch into the brand new, all electric Porsche Taycan Turbo S, dial up Launch Control, and you will require an extra 0.3 sec for the same party trick.

The Tesla can travel further than the Porsche on the complete charge (396 miles compared to 256 miles) and costs a huge £42,036 less to buy.

Case closed, then? Not quite. Straight line speed is all well; however, the Taycan (say it ‘Tie-can’) is the 1st EV I’ve driven, which doesn’t overwhelm the period when you turn a corner. Even with weighing as much as a Range Rover, it still steers and can stop and stimulate like Porsche. The Model S will be 1st past the post, but in terms of emotional appeal something can not evaluate with a stop-watch it finishes a distant second.

The Taycan range follows a familiarised ranking , starting with 4S (£83,367), then Turbo (£115,858) and Turbo S (£138,826). Pedants may take note that, being electric cars, there is no real ‘turbo’ insight, yet frankly, Porsche muddied these types of waters long ago with the turbocharged 911 Carrera and also 911 Turbo.

2020 Porsche Taycan Configurations

My own test car was the middle ranking Taycan Turbo, which often provides a 93.5 kilowatt per hour battery, 2 electric motors and four-wheel drive. Overall output is 625horsepower or 680horsepower for short durations on overboost.

Confession time: notwithstanding what I’ve just pointed out, in a few minutes of leaving Porsche HQ, I have already experimented with a max attack, Launch Control starts. The Turbo might ‘only’ reach 62miles per hour in 3.3 secs; however, that’s still stupendously fast. Supercar-quick.

With no gears to shift along with a muted whoosh from the electric motors, the experience is surprisingly peaceful. Just like the Millenium Falcon making the leap to light speed, it does not so much accelerate as teleport from one place to the next.

The parts in-between can be fun, also. On roads where a Tesla seems aloof and stodgy, the Porsche feels agile and immersive. And Switch into Sport+ mode, and the whole car tenses, three-chamber air suspension and a low center of gravity banishing even a hint of body-roll. Its steering is excellent, and also the carbide-coated brakes feel mighty.

Audi E Tron Gt Vs Porsche Taycan

And while I first missed the hard-rock howl of a Porsche flat six, I soon grew to love its subtle electro soundtrack.

The Taycan can appeal in different ways. It seems impossibly smooth and futuristic: a concept car for the road. And its particular cabin can feel special, with typically Teutonic quality and three crisp touchscreens taking over the dashboard. Spec four-zone weather control, and also the backside travelers get 1. You feel cocooned by the high center console, but there is enough room for 4 grown-ups, plus a moderately sized boot at both ends.

If you require extra space, wait for the Sports utility vehicle styled Taycan Cross Turismo due in 2021.

If the Taycan possesses an Achilles’ heel, it relates to charging. Its 800-volt power supply is two times that of most electric vehicles and will charge at up to 270kilowatt. In practical terms, which means going from 5% to 80 % total in 20 minutes.

On the other hand, the Ionity network, a combined project between Mercedes-Benz, Ford, BMW and Porsche’s parent Volkswagen Group only offers a handful of suitable ultra-rapid chargers at present. Four hundred will be planned for main roads across Europe, but that still pales compared to Tesla’s near 2,000 Supercharger stations.

Porsche Taycan Charging Time

If you love driving, this is the ideal EV you may buy. That sounds like damning with faint- praise, but do not ignore what an electrifying vehicle (sorry) the Taycan is. If I had a drive way and so can charge at home I Would choose one over a Panamera, or indeed any Porsche SUV. All of a sudden, the future seems a little bit much brighter.

Tim Pitt works for motoringresearch.com.

PRICE: £115,858

0-62Miles per hour: 3.2 second

TOP SPEED: 162 miles per hour

CO2 G/ Kilometres: 0

RANGE: 272 miles