Auto review by Veeno Dewan
The 2021 Porsche Taycan is a high-performance electric vehicle (EV) that, rest assured, drives just like a Porsche should. And, of course, it looks every inch a Porsche. It is a low-slung, swoopy four-door configuration with all the right curves. It is a four–seater, although I would only put my enemies in the back for a long ride as it is pretty tight, especially in the legroom department. Still, luggage capacity is not inadequate, with 81 liters upfront and 366 liters in the rear trunk.
The Taycan arrives in models with either a single rear-wheel-drive motor or a dual electric motor, with one powering the front wheels and the other powering the rears. The base model is rear-wheel-drive only. Its single electric motor generates up to 402 hp with the smaller battery and 469 hp with the optional larger battery. The 4S model generates up to 522 horsepower with the standard 79.2-kWh battery and up to 562 hp with the optional 83.7-kWh pack. Big dog models are the 670-hp Turbo and the 750-horsepower Turbo S. All Taycan models also have a two-speed transmission and feature an 800-volt architecture that allows a charging capacity of up to 270 kilowatts. Models with the 83.7-kWh battery can go from a 5 percent charge to 80 percent in about 23 minutes. Opting for the available 150-kW onboard charger does reduce that time.
Porsche made a few changes to the Taycan lineup for 2021. The revamped Taycan’s charging system better preserves the battery’s service life and limits overall power loss during fast charging. Other upgrades include a head-up display, SiriusXM satellite radio, more significant interior and exterior color options, and over-the-air software updates.
Inside the sleek-looking Taycan are a bevy of sophisticated digital information screens, a curved 16.8-inch display for the gauges, and central touchscreens for the 10.9-inch infotainment system. An 8.4-inch touchscreen is for climate settings, battery status, navigation, and Apple CarPlay features. There is also a 5.9-inch touchscreen in the rear cabin that controls the rear HVAC and optional seat heaters. Porsche Taycan’s arrive in several interior trims and can be ordered customized in an infinite range of colors, materials, and textures. A long list of luxury options can also be specified.
“The Taycan 4S offers blistering acceleration (hitting 100 km in 4.0 seconds) as well as its superb handling. Top speed of 250 kph is achieved in less than 12 seconds.”
The Taycan Turbo and Turbo S offer performance on par with supercars from McLaren, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and the more amped up Tesla S models. I recommend the Taycan 4S as tested ($119,000) that seems to hit the sweet spot in price and performance thrills. You gain a 522-hp powertrain, 19-inch wheels, an adaptive air suspension if you must load up on options, the Sport Plus drive mode optimizes performance, and the active anti-roll bars aid stability. The Performance package with its rear-axle steering and torque vectoring improves agility.
The driver has five drive modes, including Range, Normal, Sport, Sport Plus, and Individual, that latter allow you to adjust the chassis, height, and other performance-related systems to suit your driving style. The 4S model has an estimated range of 309 km with a smaller battery and 400 km depending on battery pack capacity.
The Taycan 4S offers blistering acceleration (hitting 100 km in 4.0 seconds) as well as superb handling. A top speed of 250 kph is achieved in less than 12 seconds. The second gear provides a longer gear ratio for more efficiency, something not a lot to complain about. The Taycan’s low center of gravity and beautifully set up steering means the Taycan will attack curves with menace and the big brakes offer unbelievable stopping power. On the safety front, every Taycan is equipped with standard driver-assistance technology that includes forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking as well as lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist. To sum up, the Taycan 4S is heart-stoppingly desirable and one of the best sports cars on the planet.
2021 Porsche Taycan – Priced from $119,000. – $215,000
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