• The Porsche Taycan Has Limitless Launch Control

Turns out the Taycan’s launch control feature was made to be abused... repeatedly

If you’re into modern Porsches, then you know they pack super-fancy launch control systems that are tougher than a tardigrade. Whether it’s the Panamera, the 911, or its GT3/GT2-badged iterations, launch controlling a Porsche can be done basically until you run out of fuel.

But as Chris Harris was about to discover, the same applies to the Porsche Taycan. That’s nothing short of impressive and at the same time reaffirming of the Taycan’s status as a true out-and-out all-electric sports car.

Limitless launch controlling, another entry to add to the “things I love about the Taycan” list…


Chris Harris had a go at the new Porsche Taycan Turbo S to see just how quick off the line it is. We already know that the Turbo S-badged Taycan is freakishly zippy from a standstill, but as usual, Chris Harris wanted to see if it can drift - by the way, it can - and how well it can hold its weight on a twisty circuit.

And guess what: it turns out the Taycan is no slouch on the track, despite the fact that it tips the scales at 5,121 pounds or north of 2,300 kilograms.

Speaking of weight and sportiness, the hunchback BMW X6 M50i weighs 5,115 pounds but it is nowhere near the Taycan on the track.

The Porsche Taycan Has Limitless Launch Control
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To some extent, we expected the Taycan to be a sharp track tool. After all, racing is embedded deep into Porsche’s DNA and any sports car it churns out must abide by that creed. What we didn’t expect was the Taycan’s launch control setup to allow for multiple consecutive runs without breaking a sweat.

In this case, breaking a sweat would be synonymous with the batteries and other bits and bobs overheating, as it’s usually the case for other EVs and even ICEs out there. But none of that happens when you launch the Taycan over and over again.

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You should also know that Turbo slapped to a Taycan simply denotes just how quick/fast the car is. The Taycan Turbo S, for that matter,has two electric motors that produce a total of 460 kilowatts (616 horsepower) or 560 kilowatts (750 horsepower) with launch control and 774 pound-feet of torque. It has a top track speed of 161 mph and needs just 2.6 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill with launch control and three seconds flat without it. To see how that feels like in real life, check out Chris Harris’ face below, once he steps on the accelerator.

2020 Porsche Taycan specifications
2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Porsche Taycan 4S Porsche Taycan 4S Performance Plus
Electric motors power 616 horsepower (670 horsepower with overboost) 616 horsepower (750 horsepower with overboost) 530 horsepower 571 horsepower
Battery 93 kWh 93 kWh 79.2 kWh 93.4 kWh
0-60 mph 3 seconds 2.6 seconds 4.0 seconds 4.0 seconds
Top Speed 161 mph 161 mph 155 mph 155 mph
Tudor Rus
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 full bio
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