This Must-See Porsche Taycan Review Also Takes You on an Autobahn Cruise
An in-depth review of a German machine on some fantastic German roadsby Sidd Dhimaan, on LISTEN 06:31
The Porsche Taycan is an electric monster and sits right with the top guns when you talk about EVs. However, it has two major problems. The sky-high price and the laughable range.
Porsche recently said that it doesn’t consider Tesla as its rival. This sounded like a justification because it couldn’t match the latter’s battery range, but Porsche is right in some sense. But despite all this, there’s no denying that the Taycan is one heck of a performer. German YouTube channel Autogefühl managed to get its hands on the Taycan 4S and provided an in-depth review of the good, the bad, and the ugly. As a bonus, you even get to see it cruise on the Autobahn!
How Is The Porsche Taycan On The Outside?
The example used in this review was painted in the Frozen Blue Metallic shade. It came with the optional matrix LED headlights. The base 4S trim comes with 19-inch wheels as standard, but this Taycan was riding on the optional 20-inch aero wheels. The fold-out door handles look sweet and are borrowed from the new 911. The charging ports are located on both the sides, but the main point is on the passenger side that has the 11-kW charging point as well as the DC charger. The ports open by sliding your finger on the black slate there. The rear is unmistakably Porsche. There’s a long LED brake light running from one end to the other. ‘PORSCHE’ lettering along with the Taycan can be seen underneath this. A plain, sweet looking car overall.
The Plush Cabin Is A Happy-Place To Be In
The interior looks and feels premium even in the base trim. I won’t delve much into it here, but the video covers it pretty well.
The steering wheel features the mounted controls and even the drive model selector/knob. The touchscreen infotainment system is paired to a Bose audio system. The waterfall console features the air vents and the HVAC controls on it, which seem a little uncomfortable to use when compared to the conventional knobs and buttons.
The instrument cluster deserves a mention, too. The digital gauges can be customized heavily and you can set it as per your needs. There are four feather-touch buttons at the edge of the curved display here that control the suspension settings, traction control, and so on.
Here Are The Driving Impressions Of The Porsche Taycan 4S
The Taycan features two electric motors; one on each axle. Interestingly, the rear motor is mated to a two-speed transmission that helps the car being efficient at higher speeds.
The base 4S churns out 571 ponies with the performance package and 530 horses without it. It also comes with a standard air suspension. It features an electric sports sound as well, in case you prefer something over the almost-silent motor whines. The Taycan did a rolling start from 30 kph (18 mph) and sprinted up 200 kph (124 mph). It went there pretty quickly and the driver didn’t feel any loss of control at any time. Even the lane change was stable at that speed. The optional ceramic brakes on this example did their duty well. This is what the Taycan is all about, after all – the ultimate driving experience.
|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|
The Porsche Taycan’s Achilles’ Heel – The Battery Pack
As I mentioned earlier, the battery is not the Taycan’s strong suit. However, Porsche is coming up with a cheaper trim of the Taycan with a two-wheel-drive configuration and a smaller battery. The company’s Research and Development Chief, Dr. Michael Steiner, said that a cheaper, two-wheel-drive trim is in the works.
The Taycan’s lineup will certainly benefit from cheaper models since the cheapest model as of now is the Taycan 4S which starts at $105,150. A model that would start in the five-digit figure will attract a larger customer base. But, it amplifies the glaring con that even the higher-priced trims suffer from.
The Taycan 4S features a 79.2-kWh battery pack as standard, but the early models are being made with a 93.4-kWh battery pack and that adds $6,580 to the base price. The additional amount is for the bigger battery that Porsche calls Performance Battery Plus Option. This battery comes with an EPA-estimated range of 203 miles and a WLTP-estimated range of 252 miles.
How Much Does The Porsche Taycan Deliver In Real-World Conditions?
Autogefühl focused on the car’s driving experience rather than battery performance. The EPA rating for the larger battery pack is 203 miles, but the real-world range is well above the agency’s estimate.
Autoblog recently tested the Taycan 4S equipped with the 93.4-kWh battery pack, and it covered 213.5 miles with 87 miles of range left in the pack. This adds up to a 300.5-mile range. This is a hell lot more than the official estimations.
How Much Does The Porsche Taycan Cost In The U.S.?
As for the pricing, the mid-Taycan Turbo starts at $150,900 and the top-spec Taycan Turbo S retails from $185,000.
Although the base Porsche Taycan 4S starts at $105,150, it is still some time away. For now, you can only avail the 4S with the 93.4-kWh pack that will cost you an additional $6,580, thus bringing the starting price to $111,730.
The excellent video gives an in-depth review of the Porsche Taycan 4S, and the conclusion is that it is a driver’s car. The price and the battery are a big down, but all is forgiven once you’re behind that steering wheel. The Autobahn cruising and the other roads and routes in this video are picturesque and that makes the part of the driving impression all the more interesting.
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