Review of Porsche Taycan
This is usually the part that we bang in a little bit, trying to put the car into question into some sort of context before we really get stuck in the urgent question in hand – is it really good?
But we have wasted time on everything here, so let me solve this problem a little faster for you: Porsche now has an electric car, Taycan is very fast and very smart. (it’s Thai-Khan, btw). And for a company built on a long history of common horsepower, it’s a huge deal.
Can Taycan conduct electricity for Porsche? Let’s find out.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 8/10
Currently there are only two Taycans, Turbo and Turbo S, with these games clearly referring to the trim levels and electrical power output than any conventional motor mechanics.
Although specifications are still locked in Australia – the car is still about 12 months from arrival locally – our international test cars have come with 21-inch alloys, sports seats, internal leather upholstery (with wood or carbon inserts, LED headlight matrix, dual-zone climate, standard navigation and Apple CarPlay.
The dial in the driver’s gearbox is replaced with a 16.8-inch curved screen, which can be viewed in “Classic”, “Map”, “Full map” or “Pure” modes, while the rev counter has been replaced by a Power meter.
You will find a 10.9-inch screen in the center of the dashboard, equipped with Apple CarPlay and can be hooked up to a third (mostly unnecessary) screen in front of passengers.
Taycan’s main control buttons have also been digitized, with an 8.4-inch touch panel below the dash house with climate control settings and “handwriting” input for the navigation system. And then, if you tick the four-zone climate option, there will be another touch panel for the rear-seat driver to control their own climate options.
So how much? Local pricing has not been confirmed, but we know that in the United States, Taycan Turbo starts at US $ 150,900, while Turbo S requires an investment of US $ 185,000.
We expect the Turbo to start above $ 200,000 and the Turbo S will push closer (or more) to $ 300,000.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 8/10
Like many of the larger members of the Porsche family, it talks about angles. Front or rear, it looks great, with tunnel-style headlights that seem to sprout from either side of the bonnet.
Even so, I think it missed something in the translation, and like it lost a bit of rate. Anyway, beauty and wisdom and all that. Let not live, right?
Praiseworthy, Taycan doesn’t look millions of years away from the Vision E concept revealed in 2015. The rear-hinged back door is gone (Porsche says it must include a b-column for structural rigidity). , and once they do, the idea will be meaningless).
However, Taycan is a strong product and has a premium Porsche look, and one that doesn’t stray too far from the traditional playbook. In fact, charging the cover aside, you can hardly identify it as EV at all.
There is a continuous strip of light on the rear of the vehicle, with the Porsche logo in glass lettering, and a host of active aerodynamic features, like the front lid and rear spoiler, previously cooling electrical equipment, like as well as the brakes.
Inside, however, the Taycan doesn’t move the German-brand interior game forward, in which it no longer looks like a cabin covered with glue and thrown into a deep cork barrel.
Instead, almost everything is digital, from the curved screen behind the steering wheel to the sub-control display – located below the multimedia display in the middle of the dashboard – and gives you access to install air conditioner and control volume.
The Turbo will give you 560kW and 850Nm (enough for a sprint to 100km / h in a brisk 3.2 seconds.But engaging launch control in the Turbo S ups those outputs to a staggering 560kW and 1050Nm, dropping the sprint time to a lightning-quick 2.8 seconds. The quarter mile time is impressive, too; 11.1sec in the Turbo and 10.8sec in the Turbo S.
Helping with those times is the fact that the gearbox at the rear axle is actually a two-speed unit, with first gear used purely for acceleration, and only when Sport or Sport Plus modes are engaged.
Porsche also debuts an 800-volt architecture, which it says reduces charging time and allows for more sustained performance by reducing heat loss. And its this that allows for the Taycan’s “repeatability”, especially when it comes to launch control starts: “You can do it as long as you want,” says Porsche’s Mayk Wienkotter. “We say more than 10 times, but we’ve found mostly mostly the driver who gives up first.”