When Porsche introduced the Cayenne Diesel in 2009, die-hard Porsche fans screamed out in horror, then again when the e-Hybrid models were released. Well, we hope they’re sitting down because the next generation of Porsche is here – and it’s a fully electric vehicle. That’s right, this is Porsche’s first ever full EV and though they don’t admit it, this is Porsche’s answer to the Tesla Model S. There has been confusion about why they still use the ‘Turbo’ name for top level 911s when they’re all turbocharged now (bar GT3) and the Taycan cements the decision – Turbo is simply a Porsche trim level now as this Taycan Turbo most certainly doesn’t have any turbos! What it does have are two permanent synchronous motors (smaller and lighter than the more commonly used asynchronous motors, though pricier) which combined with the 90kWh battery pack put out a rather impressive 671bhp (on Overboost, 616bhp normally) and 850Nm.
That’s good enough for a 0-62mph sprint in 3.2 seconds and a 161mph top speed. Unusually for an EV, there’s a 2-speed gearbox as well, which means the lower gear can be used for repeated launches with no problems for the car – the anecdote from the factory tells of a test engineer that gave up after 26 launches not because the car said so, but because he felt ill! The styling is low and sporty, but there’s a practical 4-door body with a front and rear boot, while the driver gets more tech and screens than they’ll know what to do with. This Taycan is a Porsche for the future and we expect to see a lot of them on the roads!
|Engine / CylsEV||Power671bhp|
|Engine PositionEV||Top Speed161mph|
|MPGn/a mpg||Retail Price£115,858|
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