Porsche’s first-ever electric car is fast. Really fast. Try your best to act surprised.
How fast? Well, the range-topping ‘Turbo S’ version (no, we’re not big fans of the name either) churns out 751bhp in its overboost mode, making 0-62mph possible in 2.8 seconds.
The Turbo model isn’t far behind with a face-rearranging 616bhp overboost output, seeing the 0-62mph sprint dealt with after just 3.2 seconds. Both cars top out at 161mph.
The Turbo has the edge in terms of range - it can cover up to 279 miles according to the WLTP cycle. The Turbo S meanwhile is good for 257 miles. When it’s time to recharge, drivers can make use of the first production car to have an 800-volt electrical system, rather than the usual 400.
This means if you can find a 270kW charger, you can come away with another 62 miles of range in just over five minutes. Leave it plugged in a little longer, and an 80 per cent charge (from five per cent) is finished in 22 minutes.
The powertrain is made up of a 93.4kWh battery back and two electric motors - one for each axle. They’re the most power-dense motors available, and the one at the rear is aided by a two-speed gearbox. This ensures the Taycan’s bonkers acceleration capabilities don’t hamper long-range efficiency too much.
The Taycan is fitted with some particularly vast brake rotors, but Porsche reckons you won’t need to use them that much - tests show the electric motors will perform around 90 per cent of braking during everyday usage. The company is also boasting the energy recuperation potential from its motors is “significantly higher than that of competitors” at 265kW.
Three-chamber air suspension is fitted as standard, with Porsche Active Suspension Management keeping a close eye on damper operation. There’s also an electromechanical roll stabilisation system, which will keep the Taycan’s bulk in check.
Much like the exterior, the interior is instantly recognisable as the work of Porsche, but with a healthy dash of futuristic stuff. As revealed recently, the Taycan’s cabin is stuffed full of screens, with a rounded 16.8-inch display replacing the traditional instrument cluster. It’s joined by a 10.9-inch infotainment screen, and optionally, another just beside it for the passenger.
An 8.4-inch haptic feedback touch panel under the infotainment is used for the climate functions, with a 5.9-inch screen sitting in front of the rear passengers on cars specced with four-zone climate control. Yep, that’s five screens in total.
Both the Tacyan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S are available to order now, priced at £115,858 and £138,826 before options and not including government grants. Bundled in the price is a three-year access pass to the Ionity charging network. Customer cars will be landing on the roads from January next year.