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Porsche Taycan

TAY TIME (some text hidden)

By Jonathan Crouch

The Taycan's heart is electric: its soul though, is very much that of a Porsche. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Reviewword count: 81

What might the Porsche of full-electric performance cars be like? In this Taycan, we have our answer. It's more powerful and faster than any other EV yet made. As you might expect, it sets a fresh handling benchmark for what a performance EV can be. And its race-derived tech delivers an 800-volt power supply system that allows it to charge much quicker. Taycan pricing is exclusive of course. But if you're looking for the electrified state-of-the-art, you'll find it right here.

Backgroundword count: 128

Fully electric performance cars are all much the same right? They all give you a great big heavy battery, a couple of electric motors and enough pulling power to tear up the tarmac. Oh yes and they all feel terrible the first time you throw one into a corner. For a long time now, Porsche has been mulling over how to deliver something better. Its first thoughts on the subject were delivered by the Mission E concept, a futuristic design study that did the motor show rounds back in 2015. It showcased class-leading recharging times, astonishing electrified charging tech and the world's most slippery EV model shape. And it was closer to sales reality than most realised, its production-ready counterpart, this model, the Taycan, launched in early 2020.

Driving Experienceword count: 405

There aren't many cars that can keep up with a Taycan, whatever drivetrain they might use. Most customers will choose one of the two top variants, the Turbo and the Turbo S. Both put out 625PS in standard form, extendable with an Overboost function to 680PS on the Turbo and 761PS on the Turbo S. The Turbo S generates a stupendous 1,050Nm of pulling power and if on this top derivative you activate Launch Control (standard across the range), you'll discover that 62mph can be reached in just 2.8s. Even the base rear driven Taycan offers 408PS (with the standard 79.2kWh 'Performance Battery') or 476PS (with the optional 93.4kWh 'Performance Battery Plus'). The AWD Taycan 4S offers 435PS (or 530PS on Overboost), puts out 640Nm of torque and deals with the 62mph sprint in 4 seconds flat. To ensure that the car really feels that quick, Porsche has engineered in a bit of motor whirr that you'll hear under heavy throttle and we'd pay extra for the optional Electric Sport Sound system that further amplifies it. But the most difficult task the engineers had here was in disguising what as usual on an EV is a prodigious kerb weight - in this case around 2.3-tonnes. Plenty's been thrown at that problem here, starting with torque-vectoring four-wheel drive. On the two volume models, you're going to need to pay extra for a lot of the extra tools that together should make this car feel somehow more agile than a Panamera - things like Dynamic Chassis Control, electromechanical roll stabilisation and rear-wheel steering, all co-ordinated by a clever Porsche 4D Chassis Control set-up. There are three available variants, the Taycan 4S (offering up to 530PS), the Turbo (offering up to 680PS) and the Turbo S (offering up to 761PS and good for 62mph from rest in just 2.8 en route to 161mph). Inevitably, the most difficult task the engineers had here was in disguising what as usual on an EV is a prodigious kerb weight - in this case around 2.3-tonnes. Plenty's been thrown at that problem here, starting with torque-vectoring four-wheel drive. On the two volume models, you're going to need to pay extra for a lot of the extra tools that together should make this car feel somehow more agile than a Panamera - things like Dynamic Chassis Control, electromechanical roll stabilisation and rear-wheel steering, all co-ordinated by a clever Porsche 4D Chassis Control set-up.

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Min

Max

Price:

£83,367.00

£138,826.00

Insurance group:

50

Max Speed (mph):

161

0-62 mph (s):

3.2

Combined Mpg:

216

Length (mm):

4963

Width (mm):

1966

Height (mm):

1379

Boot Capacity (l):

366

Scoring (subset of scores)

Category: Hybrid, Plug-in, Electric & Hydrogen

Performance
90%
Handling
80%
Comfort
70%
Space
70%
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