2021 PORSCHE TAYCAN TURBO S


The German car makers are all very serious about the need to lower the emissions of
greenhouse gases, so are working hard on reducing them by designing electric vehicles.
As a high-performance marque Porsche is one of the leaders in the field.

Hence the introduction of the all-electric Taycan high-performance sedan – yes sedan, this
is a four-door family car, not a two-door coupe.

Porsche tells us the name Taycan is composed of two terms of Turkic origin and can be
roughly translated as “soul of a spirited young horse.” Porsche tells us its first fully-electric
model will be: “lively, impetuous, vigorous, light-footed on long stretches without tiring, and
free-spirited.”

Okay, this may sound like a bit of over-blown waffle to we down-to-earth Aussies, but once
we drove it, we did tend to agree with the way the Porsche Taycan felt. See our comments
on this in the Driving segment of this report.

STYLING
Taycan looks slightly odd at the front to my eyes, with its slightly bulbous “bonnet” and the
vertical lines beside the headlights. Beauty is of course in the eyes of the beholder and
others may love it.

I reckon the rear is much better from a styling point of view, with a swooping coupe-like tail
and a large black sunroof which merges beautifully with the black glass of the rear window.

INTERIOR
There’s a very wide dash array, with three screens. The one in front of the driver is large
and contains plenty of information on the Taycan’s state of play. The centre screen gives
access to numerous features, including speed, current power consumption, distance to
empty, navigation and temperature control.

The left screen is in front of the passenger and lets them keep an eye on the map to assist
with navigation.

There more space inside than you might expect, partly due to the fact that it’s almost five
metres long. There’s seating for four and those in the back won’t have to ask those in front
of them to give up any of their space. However, tall people in the back might brush against
the roof.

The front seats are heated and cooled and are nicely shaped to support without being too
aggressive.

INFOTAINMENT
A 14-speaker Bose audio provides excellent output and we found it easy to adjust it to our
preferences.

POWERTRAIN
There are two electric motors one at the front the other at the rear. The front has a
175kW/400Nm on the Turbo S, the rear provides up to 335kW and 550Nm when it’s over
boosted to give even more grunt.

The range of the Turbo S is rated as 390 to 416 kilometres by Worldwide Harmonised
Light Vehicles Test Procedure.

As a strong selling point the Taycan in Australia is that it comes with a free three-year
Chargefox subscription.

SAFETY
Porsche Taycan was awarded a five-star safety rating by Euro NCAP in 2019.

DRIVING
We have always enjoyed the way electric powered vehicles leap off the line and have
tremendous torque – but the Taycan is something else again. Zero to 100 km/h in 2.5
seconds!

The first time I did it my head was thumped back into the headrest and my neck felt
strained. I didn’t make that mistake again, making sure it was against the headrest –
thereby avoiding the neck strain and enjoying to the full the dragster-like performance.

Back when I was a young fella road testing high-performance cars in the 1970s anything
under six seconds to 60mph (97 km/h) and quicker than 15 seconds for the quarter mile
was the goal. And that need a large hot V8.

This electric Porsche is well under three seconds to 100 km/h, and single figures for the
quarter mile. How times have changed.

On the road Taycan has clever electronics to assist cornering by feeding just the right
torque front and rear and side to side. You can feel it happening but we didn’t have access
to a race track to test it to the limits. Maybe some other time…

Comfort is good for a high-performance car and keep in mind that this is a four-door sedan
not a two-door sports coupe. On some surfaces there a fair bit of tyre noise, on others it’s
as peaceful as any upmarket mid-size luxury vehicle.

THE FIRST PORSCHE ELECTRIC CAR
The Taycan isn’t the first Porsche electric car. In 1898 Ferdinand Porsche designed the
Egger-Lohner C.2 Phaeton. The vehicle was powered by an octagonal electric motor with
three to five horsepower. It had a top speed of 25 km/h.

AT A GLANCE

MODEL RANGE
Taycan RWD sedan: $156,300
Taycan 4S AWD sedan: $194,700
Taycan Turbo AWD sedan: $276,300
Taycan Turbo S AWD sedan: $345,800
Taycan Cross 4 Turismo: $176,600
Taycan Cross 4S Turismo: $205,300
Taycan Cross Turbo Turismo: $279,000
Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact your
local Porsche dealer for drive-away prices.

SPECIFICATIONS (Porsche Taycan electric four-door sedan)

ENGINE:
Capacity: Not applicable
Configuration: Not applicable
Maximum Power: 560 kW
Maximum Torque: 1050 Nm
Fuel Type: Not applicable
Combined Fuel Cycle (ADR 81/02): L/100km
CO2 Emissions: g/km

DRIVELINE: Two-speed automatic

DIMENSIONS, WEIGHT AND CAPACITIES:
Length: 4963 mm
Wheelbase: 2900 mm
Width: 1966 mm
Height: 1378 mm
Turning Circle: Not supplied
Kerb Mass: 2295 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity: Not applicable litres

BRAKES:
Front: Ventilated disc
Rear: Ventilated disc

STANDARD WARRANTY:
Three years / unlimited kilometres

RATINGS
Looks: 7/10
Performance: 10/10
Safety: 9/10
Thirst : 6/10 **
Practicality: 8/10
Comfort: 8/10
Tech: 9/10
Value: 7/10

** Note that we have rated Thirst low because its range is well under that of a conventional
car.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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