The all-electric Porsche Taycan has debuted around the world to take on the Tesla Model S.
It looks like things are about to heat up in the electric luxury 4-door segment. Where Tesla previously was the only game in town, now Porsche has arrived with their Taycan to take some of the wind out of Tesla’s sales.
Actually, we have two Taycan’s to discuss: The Taycan Turbo and the Taycan Turbo S. Less spectacular versions are expected to appear later, but for now, we get the best of the best in Taycan technology.
Both Taycans have twin electric motors with one on the front axle and the other on the rear for all-wheel-drive. A two-speed transmission optimizes the motor’s power output for either acceleration at low speeds or top-end velocity, depending on what the Taycan is doing.
Now we arrive at the all-important question of power. The Taycan Turbo will have up to 680 hp and 626 lb-ft of torque while the Turbo S will get up to 750 hp and 774 lb-ft of torque. This allows the Turbo to scoot from zero to sixty in 3 seconds flat, while the Turbo S can do it in 2.8 seconds. Top speed for both is 161 mph.
The Taycan is impressively bulky at 5,081 lbs for the Turbo and 5,059 lbs for the Turbo S. And all that bulk doesn't translate into impressive range figures either. The 93.4 kWh battery provides up to 280 miles in the Turbo and 256 miles in the Turbo S, both of which fall far short of the Tesla Model S's 370 miles.
However, the Taycan's unique (so far) 800-volt electrical architecture allows it to quick charge from a 270 kW charging station to 80% in just 22.5 minutes. That's a lot faster than anything else on the road.
On the inside, the Taycan looks and feels futuristic thanks to touchscreens replacing pretty much every surface. A 10.9-inch infotainment comes with an audio AI assistant you can summon by just saying "hey Porsche."
But all this electric luxury doesn't come cheap. The Taycan Turbo starts at $150,900, according to the configurator, while the Turbo S starts at $185,000. Deliveries for both will begin this December.