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  • Launched in 2019
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Best bits

  • Incredible performance and agility, regardless of which model you buy
  • Fast charging capability with the correct chargers and usable, real-world range 
  • Feels like a true Porsche, regardless of what’s powering it 

Not so great

  • It’s hardly an electric car for the masses, with prices starting from £70,000
  • That price is only the starting point, you’ll pay handsomely for options
  • As good as its potential range is, it’s still bettered in that respect by Tesla

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Overall verdict on the Porsche Taycan

"The Porsche Taycan feels so revolutionary among its EV contemporaries because it feels like it’s been engineered first as a conventional car, rather than having its electric drivetrain dominate. It drives beautifully, is easy to use and its charging time and, crucially, range are impressive enough that they’re no longer compromises, or at least not such significant ones. Fast, beautiful, fun to drive and electric, the charging network needs to speed up to catch up with the Porsche Taycan, but if this is the future, bring it on."

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As events in Porsche’s history go, and indeed the evolution and arrival of the electric car, then the Taycan will inevitably be recorded as a significant one.


The first manufacturer to truly take on upstart electric car maker, Tesla, head-on, the Taycan is a very Porsche take on an electric car. While Tesla’s been building its ground-breaking electric car since 2012, Porsche only got around to signalling its intent to join the EV (Electric Vehicle) marketplace back in 2015 with its Mission E concept.


Porsche made some bold promises as to the performance and range back then, promises that, with the arrival of the production cars late 2019 have largely been achieved. All new, though borrowing elements of its style from Porsches past and present, the Taycan eschews EV convention, using not just 800V electronics, most rivals using 400V, but also adding a two-gear transmission to allow the Taycan not just breathtaking performance and acceleration, but also help it achieve its economy goals. 


While other EV contenders like the Audi e-tron, Jaguar I-Pace and Mercedes-Benz EQC have all lazily bowed to the fashion for SUVs with their models, Porsche’s Taycan is a saloon.


The Taycan is also the first EV to feel entirely like it’s been built to legacy car manufacturing principles first, with the electric powertrain an aside. It very much feels a Porsche first, then, as the company promised, which just happens to be powered by a revolutionary powertrain, which doesn’t really surprise given how obsessive Porsche’s engineers are.


Before it arrived everyone at Porsche was saying they had been referencing the 911 as a benchmark opposed to the more likely Panamera, and that rings true when you drive it. That means it drives beautifully, masking its inevitable weight superbly, while feeling utterly conventional behind the wheel for most of the time, while still being able to reduce you into a state of utter befuddlement if you choose to demonstrate its incredible accelerative abilities. 


Porsche’s typically engineering-led, performance-based approach has paid dividends with it then. However, there’s an elephant in the room relating to the accelerative ability of the range-topping Turbo S model. The Tesla Model S, if configured correctly, is able to better the Porsche’s 0-62mph time, but Porsche cites repeatability, saying the Taycan can do its stopwatch testing trick until it breaks you, not the car, while you’ll be doing well to achieve that ludicrous mode party trick more than once in the Tesla. 


What’s perhaps more relevant, is that the 800V system Porsche has specified allows it to charge at rates that even Tesla cannot manage, it's able to fill its batteries from 5% up to 80% in 22.5 minutes, assuming you’ve got a 270kW charger to hand. 


The likelihood is you won’t currently, there's only a handful around, but they’re coming at a rapid pace, and the Taycan is ready to use them. Even on more typical lower output chargers that 800V system is advantageous, while Porsche’s engineers could spend hours telling you how and why the Taycan’s electric motors are better than the competition, and we’re not about to disagree with them. 


It might have taken a while to arrive, but now it’s here it’s hugely impressive, regardless of whether you opt for the Taycan, 4S, Turbo or Turbo S model, though, unsurprisingly, none are cheap.

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  • 2021
  • 4,500 miles
  • Peter Vardy Porsche Aberdeen
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560kW Turbo S 93kWh 4dr Auto

  • 2020
  • 7,438 miles
  • Peter Vardy Porsche Aberdeen
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Price:£142,900
PCP: £1,900.97/mo

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Is the Porsche Taycan right for you?

If you’ve been waiting for the point where electric vehicles, other than that Tesla, can provide a genuine 200-mile maximum range, then, yes, the Taycan is for you. 


That’s assuming, of course, you can afford it, this is a Porsche after all, so it’s not cheap. Electric cars aren’t new to the automotive world, but they’ve required a good number of compromises up until now. Undeniably, that remains true here, but the Taycan’s range, allied to the potential to charge it so speedily does at least significantly lessen the traditional EV car compromises. 


We’d be amazed if any Taycan buyer hasn’t at least another Porsche in the garage – and likely several. Likewise, we doubt Tesla owners will be buying the Taycan in big numbers, either, such is the brand loyalty towards their chosen EV. Ignoring the huge price, if that’s possible, the Taycan could be for everyone, it being among the first EVs that feels like a car first, and an EV second, and that’s what makes it so significant.

What’s the best Porsche Taycan model/engine to choose?

The Taycan range currently encompasses the Taycan RWD, Taycan 4S, Taycan Turbo and the Taycan Turbo S. We’ll not get embroiled in the debate on the Turbo name being used on an EV, Porsche simply saying it’s a conventional and recognisable means of defining its product line. 


Those Turbos are the fastest then, with the 4S still hugely quick, if not quite in the mind-bending category of those Turbos. There will be others in time – we’d be amazed if there’s not a GTS model.


For now, it’s difficult not to get out of the Taycan 4S with your mind blown by its performance and capability, which makes spending around 50% more to reduce the 0-62mph time and add a touch more range over its genuine circa 200 mile potential for a Turbo seem more than a little bit unnecessary, and the leap to a Turbo S even more so. 


If you're not that fussed about performance, the entry-level rear-wheel-drive Taycan is a very lovely car. But who buys a Porsche to be beaten away from the lights by a Tesla?

What other cars are similar to the Porsche Taycan?

The choice of EVs used to be sparse, and in the Taycan’s performance sphere, limited to one – that Tesla Model S. Other manufacturers have finally cottoned on to the fact that EVs are now a thing, that people actually want, while, in time, the expectation is they’ll end up replacing conventional cars. 


Premium manufacturers are finally catching up, though the three offerings from Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Jaguar, the Mercedes EQC, Audi e-tron and Jaguar I-Pace respectively are all SUV-proportioned, unlike the saloon of the Taycan and its key, direct rival. None of them drive like the Taycan, though, which isn’t just rocketship quick, but incredibly agile too.

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