Pro Racer Reviews the 750-Horsepower Porsche Taycan Turbo S...Like a Pro
We’re going to see a lot of EV wars happening in the years to come, but for the moment, the Porsche Taycan takes the all-electric sports car cake.
In all honesty, we weren’t expecting any less from Porsche, a brand whose name and history are strongly tied to the world of motorsports. So, what happens when a professional race driver reviews the Taycan? The answer is a 15-minute video that will show you just how good the German super-sedan really is.
This Must-See Porsche Taycan Review Also Takes You on an Autobahn Cruise
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!
If You Think the Porsche Taycan’s Range Is Laughable Now, Just Wait Until the Cheaper Model Arrives
The Porsche Taycan has mainly been in the news for two reasons – the exorbitant price and the laughable range. In fact, Porsche recently said that it doesn’t consider Tesla as its rival. While this is true to an extent, it still sounded like a justification because it couldn’t match the latter’s battery range. Well, it looks like Porsche is going to get some heat for this as well. The company is coming up with a cheaper trim of the Taycan with a two-wheel-drive configuration and a ‘smaller battery’.
Can The 2020 Porsche Taycan Drift?
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.
Porsche Tries to Justify the Taycan’s Laughable Range By Saying It Doesn’t See Tesla As a Rival
Porsche introduced its first all-electric car, the Taycan, in 2019, and it’s planning to expand the lineup with a crossover. Later on, it will also launch an electric SUV, as well as an EV version of the 718. Porsche’s recent and aggressive campaign into EV territory suggests that the German automaker is going after Tesla, especially since the Taycan is actually a high-performance model. However, Porsche says that it does not consider Tesla to be a direct competitor.
Porsche’s 200-Page Annual and Sustainability Report Had a Little Surprise In It
Reports about the Porsche Macan EV have been bouncing back and forth for a year now, with the latest news being that it may only be sold as an EV from 2024 onward. This news came via an external report, but it is mentioned briefly in Porsche’s Annual and Sustainability Report for 2019 and that it is scheduled to launch in 2022. What was more interesting in that report, however, is reference to a jacked-up rugged wagon, once known as the Mission-E Cross Turismo Concept. Do you see where this is going? Are you getting excited yet?
Porsche Macan EV Timetable – Everything is Changing
The Porsche Macan’s timeline isn’t written in stone and seems to be changing so frequently that it’s hard to keep up with. Back in March of 2019, we heard that the next-gen 2021 Macan would be offered as an EV only. Then, news about the Macan EV pretty much dried up until February 2020 when we learned that Porsche would sell the current-gen Macan (in facelifted form) alongside the next-gen Macan EV. A new report, coming directly from Germany, says Porsche is considering the bravest move it’s made since it almost replaced the 911 with the 928.
Here’s Why You Won’t See an Electric Porsche 718 Anytime Soon
It was early March when we discussed whether or not there was a case for an electric Porsche 911 and, ultimately, why it’s going to be the last in the lineup to go electric. Part of the problem with the 911 is packaging, and the other part is weight. With the current 992-gen model, an eV powertrain just won’t fit. On top of that, battery technology hasn’t evolved enough. It might work for large sedans (nevermind the Taycan’s embarrassing range limitations,), but for most two-door sports cars, it just isn’t the right time to make the conversion. But, does the same hold true for the 718 Cayman and Boxster?
Porsche Won’t Do an Electric Hypercar, But It Does Have Something Else In Mind
Back in November 2019, a report traveled through online car-centric mediums claiming that Porsche is serious about building a hypercar that would rule supreme on the top tier position of its lineup.
Rumors talked about a car that would bridge the gap between Porsche’s road-going vehicles and its motorsport programs with know-how provided by the company’s abandoned Formula 1 engine development program. Well, you can disregard that, because Porsche’s is not doing a hypercar. At least not in the short- to medium-term future.
Is There a Legitimate Case for An Electric Porsche 911?
Porsche has bravely stepped into the EV world with the new Taycan, and it has sparked a lot of conversation about when the rest of the lineup will move into electrification as well. There’s potential that the 718 Cayman could go electric or at least hybrid when the next-gen model launches, but what about the 911? Will Porsche’s most iconic car take a ride on the greener side of things anytime soon? Well, Porsche’s Director of its Sports Car Line had something to say about it, and it might surprise you. … or maybe it wont.
Porsche’s Dual-Macan Strategy Is About More Than Easing the Shift Into Electrification
When the current Porsche Macan makes its generational shift in 2022 or 2023, it was originally expected to make the shift into EV territory as well. The original “plan” was for the next-gen Macan to be offered only as an EV and ditch the ICE altogether. All that has apparently changed, at least to some extent, if a new report is to be believed. Let us introduce you to the dual-Macan Strategy.
The Porsche Taycan Has Limitless Launch Control
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.
The Porsche Taycan Turbo S Might Have Horrible Range But Hot Damn is it Fast
Remember when we told you that the Porsche Taycan Turbo S got a dismal EPA rating of just 194 miles of range on a single charge? Well, as it turns out, that’s the cost of being fast. Incredibly fast. Well, that and a sticker price of $186,350, but that’s a story for another time. In fact, that price almost seems justified.
Porsche Returns to the Land of Super Bowl Commercials with an Electrifying Commercial
Porsche is showing its first Super Bowl commercial in 23 years, and the star of the ad is none other than the all-electric Taycan. The German automaker’s first-ever all-electric production car is all set to hit the market this year, but there’s nothing quite like the platform and reach of the Super Bowl to get the hype going.
The 60-second commercial is called “The Heist” and unlike some previous ones that have touted electric technology more than the actual electric cars, this commercial is all about the Taycan… and several other Porsche vehicles. The 60-second ad will air in the first quarter of the game, but if you want to watch the extended cut, you can check out the video and watch it in its entirety.
The Porsche Taycan Turbo S Is Rated at 194 Miles? It Doesn’t Stand a Chance
You know, I like the Porsche Taycan. I think it’s relatively sport for what it is while still featuring the family friendliness of four-doors and plenty of cargo room. Sure, it kind of looks like a deformed, partially aborted 911 with too much DNA, but that’s a conversation for another day. What I can’t get past, though, is the fact that Porsche has seriously dropped the ball when it comes to EV range. Where the Porsche Taycan Turbo is rated at 201 miles, the Taycan Turbo S garners just 194 on a full charge.