Porsche may not be the first name that pops into your mind when you talk about electric cars, but that’s subject to change very soon as Porsche’s first foray into the world of electric cars might just be a legitimate competitor for the multi-billionaire, memelord’s brainchild…… Tesla, I’m talking about Tesla.
Let’s get the specs out of the way:
A Dual motor, 2-speed automatic transmission engine that produces 671 hp and 626 lb-ft torque that lets you go from 0-60 in 3 seconds. All this is powered by a 93.4kWH battery, giving you a 201mi range, which may not sound like much, and it isn’t but we’ll get to that later. In fact, the Porsche turns out to be the most expensive per mile of range as can be seen here: https://honkyroad.com/ev-alternatives-to-tesla/
All these numbers are from the Taycan Turbo, but there is another variant, one that’s meant for the guy who doesn’t care about efficiency and WH/mi and wants to give his colleague who always shows off his 911 Turbo S a run for his money. And that’s the Taycan Turbo S. This beast packs a pair of motors that produce 751 hp and 774 lb-ft torque that lets it breeze through 0-60 in a whopping 2.8 seconds.
Other differences between the two variants can be seen in the tires: the base variant running on 20-inch wheels whereas the Turbo S variant rocks two pairs of 21-inch wheels. Both models come equipped with adaptive air suspensions, adaptive LED Matrix headlights, ambient lighting, dual-zone climate control, heated seats, and thermally insulated glass. The higher model also comes packed with carbon composite brakes, carbon fiber accents on the exterior, and a pair of extremely customizable 18-way adaptive sports seats.
Continuing with the theme, let us talk about the interiors.
Electric cars, in general, are known to have all their functionality built into the massive screens that are fixed onto the console, and Porsche has fully embraced this trend but with a few twists of their own.
The 16.8-inch curved screen replaces the speedometer on the dashboard, the massive secondary touch screen display on the console lets you monitor the car’s battery, control the heavily customizable air conditioning and all the usual bits, the third touch screen on the back lets the passengers control the air conditioning to the same ability as the front seats. Gone are the days where all you got was a scroll wheel to change the direction of the air vents. All this sounds and looks very similar to the way other electric cars look, but they do not feel the same. The haptic touch on the screens provides a very tactile feel when you use them, almost making you forget that you are not pressing physical buttons. That being said, there is no shortage of physical buttons in this car. The physical drive mode dial, the physical buttons to change the different driver profiles, the multiple buttons on the side of the seats that let you customize your seating position, and the button on the rear-bottom of the steering wheel that turns the built-in heater on the steering wheel on, all lend to a very tactile experience when you operate this car. Porsche’s attention to the nuanced things also shines through in the car, from the wireless phone charger stealthily hidden in the center console, the lighted USB-C ports in the front and the back providing power to each individual passenger, to the motors built into the seat belt mechanism for the front seats that pulls you snug when you drive fast, all lend to the premium experience you most certainly paid for.
With solid specs and great interiors, this is shaping up to; as the title suggests “The Perfect Car”. But there has to be something wrong, nothing can be “Perfect”, right? Well, I guess it’s time to talk about what might be a deal-breaker for some of you, the battery, and the price. The 93.4 kWh battery gives the Taycan Turbo a meager 201mi range while the Turbo S variant drops down further to 192mi giving both cars an average efficiency of around 400WH/mi. To their benefit, they did add an 800-volt power supply to the car, more than double what traditional electric cars come equipped with, which meant that they could use thinner wires which ended up shaving about 8lbs from the total weight of the car and also enabled faster charging times.
The base model Taycan Turbo will run you about $150,900 and the Taycan Turbo S variant goes for $185,000. There are multiple packages that you can add on to the price of the car that comes with additional cameras, different interior trims, and many more.
All this being said, the Porsche Taycan Turbo superseded most expectations for being the first electric car to come out of the company. The future of this car seems to be a promising one. Only time will tell