Ah the sound of an N/A Porsche flat-six revving to 9000rpm bouncing off the canyon walls, those children being born today might not ever experience that sound. That’s because what you see before you is the future, fully electric cars will become the norm. Now if you are like me and prefer your cars to burn fossil fuels this is a little sad but it does have its benefits. First off there is the environmental benefits which allow these canyon walls to still be there in the future. Second, there is the performance benefit, Torque and lots of it from pretty much from zero revolutions. The New Porsche Taycan which was recently unveiled is Porsche’s latest addition to the fully electric car market.
The electric motors in this new Taycan produce up to 560kw and a rather stout 1050nm of torque motivating this rather hefty saloon to 100kmh in an impressive 2.8 seconds. The taycan can also reach a top speed of 260kmh, it uses a two-speed transmission to achieve both the blistering acceleration and the respectable top speed. The range has been rated at 388-412km using the WLTP method. The biggest hurdle this Taycan face has to be the Tesla model s performance, its more powerful, quicker and cheaper. The biggest problem for Tesla is that it’s not a Porsche, this is not a dig at the Tesla. Porsche’s have generally been known for the build quality which is not the case for Tesla.
Same but different.
The inside is typically Porshe with enough variation to let you know that it’s not just a 718 or Macan etc. Three digital screens display everything from instruments, infotainment and comfort features. Porsche offers an entirely leather-free interior for the first time. Interiors made from innovative recycled materials underscore the sustainable concept of the electric sports car. There are two luggage compartments are available, the front compartment has a capacity of 81 litres and the rear 366 litres. My biggest gripe with the Taycan has to be the naming convention, why did they have to include the Turbo part?, couldn’t it have just been the Taycan and Taycan S?. There is no engine so no turbo!. Pricing in the US will start at around $150.000 which is a lot considering the top-spec Model S is $99.000.