The answer is yes, and then some more

The Taycan is arguably one of the most exciting EVs money can buy for the simple reason that it offers near-supercar performance in a package that looks like a proper performance-oriented machine and not like just another sleek sedan.

That said, we’ve been wondering for quite some time whether the new Taycan can throw its rear end and drift around. Turns out we just got our answer and it’s a big yes.

The Porsche Taycan can drift

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Specifically, the Porsche Taycan Turbo can drift. Or perform donuts, for that matter. Powered by a 93.4-kWh battery pack that feeds two permanent-magnet electric motors, the Taycan Turbo relies on 617 horsepower (460 kW / 625 PS) and up to 850 Newton-meters (627 pound-feet) of torque to spin all its four wheels. But given the right conditions and the right driver, it will slide around effortlessly.

Now, we already know the Taycan is pretty quick in a straight line (0-62 mph takes just 3.2 seconds for the Turbo in question here), while top speed arrives in at 260 kph (161 mph).

Can The 2020 Porsche Taycan Drift?
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Porsche Taycan Turbo Specifications
2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S
Electric motors power 616 horsepower (670 horsepower with overboost) 616 horsepower (750 horsepower with overboost)
Battery 93 kWh 93 kWh
0-60 mph 3 seconds 2.6 seconds
Top Speed 161 mph 161 mph

But Autocar wanted to see if the Taycan Turbo can perform a proper, controlled drift, so it took it on a wet skidpad, deactivated its fancy electronic nannies, and proceeded to see just how apt the Taycan is at drifting helped of course by its smart torque vectoring setup.

Interestingly enough, although the Taycan has no problem with letting its rear end slide, it doesn’t feel like an ICE car when it’s throwing its weight around, as noticed by Autocar’s Matt Prior.

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Which is something you’d expect, because the Taycan Turbo’s two e-motors are positioned one on each axle, so there’s a different weight layout compared to let’s say, a front-engined, rear-wheel-drive car or a rear-engined, rear-wheel-drive one.

Oh, and switching the Taycan into Sport mode only adds more topping to those donuts, as you’re about to see six minutes into the video.

Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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