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Porsche Taycan Turbo S 2020 review

Should I buy one?

The Taycan might just be more enjoyable to drive than any other current four-door Porsche. I didn’t expect to write that. I mean: there’s no engine. No, but throttle response is beautifully judged and smooth, the point where physical brake pads take over from 270kW electric regeneration is imperceptible, and it’s consistent to and from standstill. Dual-clutch gearboxes and hybrid and stop/start systems are too clunky to do that.

And while the Taycan sounds more like the Muppets’ Swedish chef than a V8, for a proper V8 woofle you have to look to a Mercedes-AMG anyway, which is one reason why the AMG 4-Door Coupé is preferable to a Panamera and why the AMG feels, to me, like the closest competitor to a Taycan: they’re both hugely desirable and engaging four-door coupés, are driver focused, handle deftly and just happen to have different ways of going about things.

The best electric car in the world, then? Sure. But let’s not think that’s all there is to it.

Porsche Taycan Turbo S specification

Where Oslo, Norway Price £138,826 On sale January 2020 Engine Two electric motors Power 617bhp (751bhp on overboost) Torque 793lb ft (overboost) Gearbox Single-stage transmission (front), dual-speed (rear) Kerb weight 2305kg Top speed 161mph (governed) 0-62mph 2.6sec Range 265 miles CO2 0g/km Rivals Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupé, Tesla Model S


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Hennessey Performance Wants To Make The Porsche Taycan “Roll A Little Faster”

The folks at Hennessey Performance have supercharged and boosted everything from pick-up trucks to Corvettes and now they are planning on entering the shiny new world of electric cars with their first target being the freshly revealed Porsche Taycan.

“We’ve been planning to do something with electrified vehicles for a while now,” explains HPE boss John Hennessey. “We felt that the new Porsche Taycan was the right platform from which to modify our first EV.”


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Porsche Used Taycan Turbo Not Turbo S For ‘Ring Lap

When Porsche announced their Taycan Nurburgring lap time it really seemed to ruffle the feathers of Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

Tesla promptly had a couple of Model S prototypes sent to the circuit but left without setting an official lap time.

Porsche then revealed that the lap they set was actually in the lower-spec Taycan Turbo and not the 750 hp Turbo S variant. Why did they use this variant you might ask?

Well Cars Guide spoke with the Taycan’s product manager, Lukas Kramer, and he explained that the Taycan Turbo had just completed a 24-hour pre-launch test drive

 

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Top 10 best premium electric cars 2019

1. Porsche Taycan

2. Mercedes-Benz EQC

3. Jaguar I-Pace

4. Tesla Model S

5. Tesla Model 3

6. Audi E-tron Quattro

7. Tesla Model X

COMING SOON

8. Tesla Model Y

9. BMW iX3

10. BMW i4

 

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DRIVEN: Porsche Taycan Turbo S

Ultimately, there’s much to applaud here; the Taycan is unquestionably a great vehicle, not despite its electric powertrain, as some may have feared, but exactly because of it. When it arrives here in the third quarter of next year, the Taycan will be expensive, sure – a problem compounded by our government’s non-sensical taxation on electrified vehicles – but Zuffenhausen’s first production EV looks, feels and, yes, when its motors whirr away soothingly, sounds expensive. Just like the best Porsches.

FAST FACTS

Model: Porsche Taycan Turbo S
Price: TBA
Engine: 2 permanently excited synchronous electric motors (93,4 kWh battery)
Power: up to 560 kW
Torque: 1 050 N.m
0-100 km/h: 2,8 seconds
Top Speed: 260 km/h
Fuel Consumption: 26,9 kWh/100 km
CO2: 0 g/km
Transmission: 2-speed automatic
Maintenance Plan: TBA


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Porsche Taycan 4S

It was in September 2019 that the new electric sports car from Porsche celebrated its high-profile premiere on three continents simultaneously. Now, the company is already presenting the third version of the sports saloon with the Porsche Taycan 4S. The new model is available with two battery sizes and delivers with the Performance battery up to 390 kW (530 PS) or with the Performance battery Plus up to 420 kW (571 PS). Following the Taycan Turbo S and the Taycan Turbo, the Porsche Taycan 4S is therefore the new entry-level model in the series. A single-deck Performance battery with a total capacity of 79.2 kWh comes as standard. The two-deck Performance battery Plus familiar from the Taycan Turbo S and Taycan Turbo is optionally available. The total capacity here is 93.4 kWh.

The power output and range therefore vary correspondingly: with the Performance battery, the Taycan 4S generates up to 390 kW (530 PS) overboost power output. Equipped with the Performance battery Plus, it delivers up to 420 kW (571 PS). In both variants, the Porsche Taycan 4S accelerates from a standing start to 100 km/h in 4.0 seconds. The top speed is also 250 km/h in both cases. The range is up to 407 kilometres with the Performance battery and up to 463 kilometres with the Performance battery Plus (in accordance with WLTP in each case) - the highest value of the current Taycan range. The maximum charging capacity (peak) is 225 kW (Performance battery) or 270 kW (Performance battery Plus).


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Porsche shaves nearly $80,000 from the Taycan EV’s price with new 4S variant - Digital Trends

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Porsche launched the Taycan, its first series-produced electric car, by revealing the flagship Turbo and Turbo S variants.

It just unveiled a cheaper, less powerful version named 4S that’s available with two different power-train configurations.

The Taycan 4S gives us a clearer idea of how Porsche plans to market its future electric cars. The powertrains are primarily differentiated by the size of their battery packs.

The regular, entry-level 4S is built on top of a 79.2-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack that zaps a pair of electric motors (one on each axle) with 429 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque, though the horsepower output briefly increases to 522 when the driver turns on the launch control feature.

Reaching 60 mph from a stop takes 3.8 seconds, and top speed is limited at 155 mph.

Motorists can pay extra for what Porsche calls a Performance Battery Plus whose capacity checks in at 93.4-kilowatt-hour. It’s the exact same unit found in the aforementioned Turbo and Turbo S variants.

The two electric motors produce 482 hp (or, briefly, 563 with launch control) and 479 lb-ft. of torque. Zero to 60 mph also takes 3.8 seconds, and the top speed is also limited to 155 mph.

The range is likely the main reason to select the battery pack, but we don’t know if it’s worth it yet.

Porsche hasn’t announced how far either 4S can drive on a single charge because the model hasn’t been tested by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yet.

The company nonetheless pointed out its 800-volt charging technology replenishes a battery from 5% to 80% in 22.5 minutes — “under ideal circumstances,” the firm stressed.

We don’t expect you to tell the 4S apart from the Turbo or Turbo S models by simply looking at it. The visual modifications are minor, and largely limited to a redesigned lower front bumper, reshaped side skirts, and a black diffuser embedded into the rear bumper. The 19-inch alloy wheels specific to the 4S add a finishing touch to the design.

The 2020 Porsche Taycan 4S is on sale now with a base price of $103,800, though motorists who want the bigger pack will need to pay $110,380. Neither figure includes a $1,350 destination charge.

In comparison, the flagship Turbo S will set you back by $185,000, while Porsche priced the Turbo at $150,900.

Deliveries will begin in the spring of 2020.
 
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