Porsche was adamant that it wasn’t going to launch a pure electric vehicle unless it could perform as a Porsche should. They have stayed true to their word. The Taycan Turbo, along with its even more powerful sibling the Turbo S, accelerates like a supercar, holds the road like glue, accommodates four and produces precisely zero CO 2 emissions.
With its clear, open dashboard architecture the Taycan’s interior heralds a new era for Porsche. A central, 10.9-inch infotainment display and an optional passenger display form an integrated glass band with a black-panel look, while buttons and switches have been kept to a minimum. Control is intelligent and intuitive – using touch operation or the voice command “Hey Porsche”. The four selectable driving modes are “Range”, “Normal”, “Sport” and “Sport Plus”.
The Taycan Turbo is recognisably a Porsche yet makes full use of the packaging freedom that compact electric motors provide. Its design slots midway between 911 and Panamera, with four doors, a low, sleek Porsche-like profile and a typical low bonnet flanked by two curvaceous front wings. Because electric motors are much more space-efficient than an internal combustion engine there’s plenty of room in the cabin for four, with 81 litres of luggage capacity in the front and a further 366 litres in the rear.
The Taycan’s centrally networked control system gives the
driver ample opportunity to enjoy its leech-like handling while stepping in to
intervene should an accident appear to be looming. The integrated Porsche 4D
Chassis Control analyses and synchronises all chassis systems in real time,
including the adaptive air suspension with three-chamber technology. Other
systems include PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) electronic damper
control, and the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport)
electromechanical roll stabilisation system including Porsche Torque Vectoring
Plus (PTV Plus).
We’ll have to get used to power figures in kW in the electric era, so here goes; the Taycan Turbo produces 500 kW which equates to 680 metric horsepower. That’s delivered by two electric motors, one on the front and one in the rear, giving full-time all-wheel drive. The benchmark 0-62mph time takes a mere 3.2s (with launch control) and Porsche engineers have ensured that you can access full throttle acceleration time after time without risk of overheating.
Zero to 100mph takes just 6.9 seconds, and the official range figures are between 236 and 279 miles. The Taycan is the first production vehicle with a system voltage of 800 volts instead of the usual 400 volts for electric cars; battery capacity is 93.4kW/h, so hook up to a 270kW DC charger and you can get from 5% to 80% range in just 25 minutes.
Porsche has responded to the challenge set by vehicles like Tesla’s Model S and has come back with winning design and engineering solution. Rather than a sporty four-seater, the Taycan is a four-seat sports car, and its 800V system offers charging benefits as well as full throttle performance capability. Keenly anticipated, the Taycan has been well worth the wait.
|Unladen Weight (DIN)||TBC|
|Engine / Cylinders||Full Electric|
|Range||>500km (300 miles)|
|Max Power||440kW (>600hp)|
|Charge Time||80% charge in < 15 mins|
|Acceleration||0-62 mph in <3.5sec|