Before we get into a ‘this is a free lunch in saving the planet mode’, let it be known that although the tailpipe may produce zero emissions, the high-performance batteries required to make the Taycan misbehave as it does remove its free lunch status.
Now that we’re clear that we are not going to save the planet singlehanded by driving one of these machines, we’ll move on. This is simply a marvellous and (pardon the pun) electrifying car. What an achievement from the luxury car maker. The Taycan’s interior finish is second to none and puts Tesla firmly in its place. Everything about it screams high end. The car’s low driving position has been maintained, despite the fact that batteries are positioned underneath. Apart from that, it really does drive as a true Porsche should, making 0–60 in 3.5 seconds. The car’s two motors power all four wheels and provide a monumental 670bhp (751bhp and 0–60 in 2.6 seconds in the Turbo S).
This car topples all its electric peers and frankly gives any current four-door Porsche a run for its money. If the Taycan is the future, then that really will be something to look forward to in old age. It’s still in the production stage, but it could be job done. The starting price point is going to be around the £118k mark, and yes, Teslas are cheaper, but the ride quality and sheer fun of driving the Taycan in my opinion justifies any price differential.
A torchbearer for the future of the performance car? Perhaps not, but it certainly points the way forward.