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Porsche Taycan Turbo

-Pure Electric

EV=212mi

Seats 4

12.9ft3 Cargo

L=195
W=78
H=55

79.2kWh Battery

Can an EV be as super–powerful as a gas car? The Porsche Taycan Turbo answers that question with a resounding “YES!” For the unconvinced who still think electric propulsion is for the birds, Porsche proves them dead-wrong. The Turbo S offers eye-popping acceleration courtesy of its two potent magnet-synchronous motors, which will transport you from 0 to 60 in 2.6 seconds. Bugatti, Ferrari, McLaren, Lamborghini: there’s a new kid on the block, and its leaving you in the dust!

At present, there’s just one pure EV that can compete with Taycan Turbo: the 2021 Tesla Model S Plaid+, which offers an impressive 520-mile range, a 0 to 60MPH time of UNDER 2 seconds, and outrageous 1,020 HP peak power. Tesla’s S Plaid+ has just entered the market, whereas the Taycan Turbo has been around for a year and has established some fast e-car market dominance. If you’re looking for an electric supercar, you’ll want to test drive both EVs, because they offer completely different driving experiences. Porsche owners favor acceleration and performance. They tend to use their Porsches the way they’re designed – to be driven hard. The Tesla Model S Plaid+ is certainly up to the summons for a contest, but many reviewers will make the case that the Taycan Turbo is a far better fit for performance-enhanced real world challenges.

Carbuzz.com reviewer Sebastian Cenizo says: “The Taycan Turbo is a hit straight out the gate, offering phenomenal handling ability along with excellent road manners. Sorry Elon, Porsche is just the best when it comes to driving emotion and enjoyment.”

Porsche’s intent for the Taycan Turbo was never to make a car that could go the fastest in a straight line or get the greatest range. Having created the 911, which many reviewers and owners rank as one of the greatest sports cars ever, Porsche’s continued goal is creating an exhilarating driving experience. To achieve this, each Taycan receives standard adaptive air suspension, 3D chassis control and active aerodynamics for high-speed control and stability. With most EVs, the heaviest components – EV batteries – are embedded in the car’s floor, lowering the center of gravity. This being the case with the Taycan Turbo, body roll becomes a goose egg. The car’s steering is spot-on precise, and with carbon ceramic discs standard, the Taycan Turbo’s braking is superb as well. The Taycan Turbo models signify Porsche’s ideal to make everything fast. The automaker’s message is simple: “The Porsche soul stands for performance.”

There are four EV turbos to choose from: Taycan Turbo (MSRP: $150,900), Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo (MSRP: $153,500), Taycan Turbo S (MSRP: $185,000) and Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo (MSRP: $187,600). If you have the scratch to afford one, you’re in for the ride of a lifetime.

By the way: the term “turbo” is a misnomer. There are no actual turbos in any of the 4 Taycan Turbo models! Porsche uses the word as a sub-brand to designate its higher-output Taycans. Instead of turbos, they use what’s called “Overboost Power,” and “Launch Control.”

The Taycan Turbo uses AC Synchronous Motors (500kW/670HP) and goes from 0 to 60 MPH in 3.0 seconds. It uses Overboost Power with Launch Control up to (HP)/Overboost Power with Launch Control up to (kW). Its EPA-estimated range is 212 miles. Its AMCI Testing Range with a Performance Battery Plus is 275 miles. Its top track speed is 155MPH.

The Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo uses AC Synchronous Motors (500kW/670HP) and goes from 0 to 60 MPH in 3.1 seconds. It uses Overboost Power with Launch Control up to (HP)/Overboost Power with Launch Control up to (kW). Its EPA-estimated range is still being determined by the EPA, but per Porsche, is 200+ miles. Its top track speed is 161MPH.

The Taycan Turbo S uses uses AC Synchronous Motors (560kW/750HP) and goes from 0 to 60 MPH in 2.6 seconds. It uses Overboost Power with Launch Control up to (HP)/Overboost Power with Launch Control up to (kW). Its EPA-estimated range is 201 miles. Its top track speed is 161MPH.

The Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo uses AC Synchronous Motors (560kW/750HP) and goes from 0 to 60 MPH in 2.7 seconds. It uses Overboost Power with Launch Control up to (HP)/Overboost Power with Launch Control up to (kW). Its EPA-estimated range is still being determined by the EPA, but per Porsche, is 200+ miles.

All 4 models use a 2-speed transmission on the rear axle with Porsche Traction Management (PTM) and Porsche Recuperation Management (PRM). Launch Control, Rear Axle Steering including Power Steering Plus, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV+) come standard.

Says caranddriver.com reviewer Eric Stafford: “The 2021 Porsche Taycan is a truly innovative electric vehicle, showcasing the high-performance potential of the species. As the first production EV with an 800-volt architecture and a multisided transaxle, it sets new benchmarks in charging speeds and acceleration times. In fact, the top-of-the-line 750-hp Turbo S is among the quickest cars we’ve ever tested. Verdict: The Taycan takes everything good about electric performance cars and amplifies it.”

Says car buzz.com reviewer Sebastian Cenizo: “Not too long ago, there was a time when the thought of electrified sports sedans like the Porsche Taycan Turbo seemed like a distant prospect, something we would see only in a time of AI-managed societies. Yet here we are in 2021, with Porsche continuing to deliver spectacular results with its Taycan and especially with the powerful Taycan Turbo that is the subject of this review. As is common for electric vehicles, all-wheel-drive is a standard feature. The Taycan Turbo S features an overboost function too, which boosts power from an already astonishing 616 horsepower to 750, while twist measures 774 lb-ft of torque. The "regular" Taycan Turbo only produces up to 670 hp and 626 lb-ft of torque, but it's still blisteringly fast. While competitors like the Tesla Model S offer a greater claimed range, the Taycan is still a Porsche product at heart with performance as its main focus, and the Turbo models are the ultimate personification of Porsche's commitment to making everything fast.”

Taycan’s clean interior is not as futuristically extreme as a Tesla’s, but comes close. Screens have taken over the dash and center console, as is the case with many of the luxury EVs coming to market. Taycan has a super-large, 16.8-inch touch-responsive driver screen. Standard are an additional 10.9-inch infotainment touchscreen and an 8.4-inch center console screen for operating climate control and navigation. A 4th 5.9-inch rear seat display is also available. The infotainment system’s standard features include Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, 4 USB-C ports, real-time traffic updates, SiriusXM satellite radio, HD Radio. A standard Bose 14-speaker sound system can be upgraded to a Burmester 21-speaker audio setup. Android is not available in the Taycan Turbo.

Leather upholstery is standard. Though the heated seats (standard in front and back) are comfortable and supportive, they’re low down. Porsche deems them “deep sporty seating positions.” The car has been designated a 2+2, meaning it’s got 2 seats in back, but if you’re six feet tall and occupying the back row, you’ll feel cramped, as the roof is slightly low. One plus: all 4 turbo models have four doors, so it’s easy to enter the vehicle. Also, an optional bench seat can be added to the rear to increase total seating to 5. The car’s conventional trunk offers only 12.9 cubic feet of cargo space.

Porsche Turbo or Tesla? Says Sebastian Cenizo: “Porsche has an impeccable track record of over-engineering and perfecting everything they do, and the Taycan Turbo looks to be no different. Is it worth considering over a Tesla? Well, it doesn't offer as much range, nor is it likely to be as practical for most, considering its proportions. However, in every other respect, the Taycan Turbo is far more tempting. It's luxurious, handles like a dream, provides astonishing acceleration, rides well, and is packed with forward-thinking tech. For us, the brand bias is already enough to choose the Porsche, but the components that go into the Taycan make it a compelling offer too. If you can afford one, go for it.”

All 4 Taycan Turbos are eligible for a federal Tax Credit of up to $7500.

May 2021 Review

Specs

Performance:

  • Taycan Turbo specifications listed here:
  • AC Permanent Synchronous Motors
  • 2-speed transmission on the rear axle
  • Porsche Traction Management (PTM)
  • Porsche Recuperation Management (PRM)
  • 20" Taycan Turbo Aero Wheels
  • Front: 9.0J x 20 ET54 wheels with 245/45 R20 tires
  • Rear: 11.0J x 20 ET60 wheels with 285/40 R20 tires
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Wheel center caps with monochromatic Porsche Crest
  • Performance summer tires
  • Tire sealing compound with electric air compressor
  • Porsche Surface Coated Brakes (PSCB)
  • Front: 6-piston aluminum monobloc fixed brake calipers with 410 mm internally vented brake discs
  • Rear: 4-piston aluminum monobloc fixed brake calipers with 365 mm internally vented brake discs
  • Brake calipers painted in White
  • Sport Mode
  • Range Mode
  • Launch Control
  • Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV+)
  • Power Steering Plus
  • 8 year / 100,000 mile high voltage battery warranty

Interior:

  • Taycan Turbo specifications listed here:
  • 16.8" curved display for driver including external touchscreen control panels for lighting and chassis functions
  • Audio and Communication: Porsche Communication Management (PCM) including Online Navigation, FM radio, Bluetooth connection, audio inputs, mobile phone preparation with Bluetooth interface for telephone and music is included, radio with RDS twin-tuner and diversity for optimum reception, control of vehicle and comfort functions such as charging timers and climate settings, central display of notifications from the vehicle and connected external devices, voice control with natural speech interaction, activation via “Hey Porsche” and multimodal map operation Online navigation with: maps for the United States and Canada, 3D map display and 3D navigation map supporting city and terrain models with satellite image overlay, dynamic route calculation with online real-time traffic and route monitor for a clear overview of charging stops and traffic conditions
  • Porsche Connect with Apple CarPlay (3-year free subscription included) includes: online navigation (see Porsche Communication Management), music streaming and online radio, Remote Services, E-mobility services including charge management, control of vehicle parking pre-climatization or range management, a wide range of other Porsche Connect services
  • Porsche Vehicle Tracking System (PVTS) includes: extended vehicle monitoring system, automatic theft detection with silent alarm connected to 24/7 security centre through vehicle, personal notification of customer to verify theft and secure vehicle in cooperation with local authorities
  • BOSE Surround Sound System with 14 speakers including subwoofer and a total output of 710 watts
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio (with 3-month trial) and HD Radio Receiver
  • Center console with Direct Touch Control
  • Leather Interior
  • Door-sill guards in Brushed Aluminum
  • Manual adjustment of seat belt height for driver and front passenger
  • "Taycan" badge on the center console
  • "turbo" logo on headrests (front and rear)
  • Interior trim in Dark Silver
  • Interior accents in Black
  • Roof-lining in Race-Tex
  • Multifunction Sport Steering Wheel in Leather
  • Center console armrest in front with integrated storage compartment
  • Pedals in Stainless Steel
  • Floor mats
  • Sun visors for driver and front passenger
  • 2 USB-C connectivity and charge ports in the storage compartment in the center console
  • 2 USB-C Charge ports in the rear
  • Smartphone compartment with inductive charging
  • Advanced Climate Control (2-zone) with separate temperature settings and air volume control for driver and front passenger, extended footwell temperature control, automatic air recirculation mode including air quality sensor as well as comfortable control of the airflow via PCM
  • Parking pre-climatization including pre-conditioning of the battery
  • Thermally insulated glass all-round
  • Particle/pollen filter with active carbon filter
  • Windshield with grey top tint
  • LED Interior Lighting Concept: switch-off delay, interior lighting with reading spot lights (front), reading spot lights (rear left and right), footwell illumination (front and rear), luggage compartment lights (front and rear) and glove compartment light
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors for driver and front passenger
  • Interior ambient lighting
  • Lane Keep Assist (LKA) including Traffic Sign Recognition
  • Cruise control
  • ParkAssist (front and rear) with reversing camera
  • Comfort Access
  • HomeLink programmable garage door opener
  • 4 doors with integrated Side Impact Protection
  • Bumpers comprising high-strength cross members and two deformation elements, each with two threaded fixture points for towing eye
  • Full size airbags for driver and front passenger
  • Knee airbags for driver and front passenger
  • Side airbags in front and rear
  • Curtain airbags along entire roof frame and side windows from the A-pillar to the C-pillar
  • Rollover detection for activation of curtain airbags and seat belt pretensioners
  • Three-point automatic seat belts with pretensioners (front and outer rear seats) and force limiters (front)
  • Seat belt warning system for driver, front passenger and rear seats
  • Immobilizer with remote central locking and alarm system with radar-based interior surveillance
  • Warn and Brake Assist
  • Power Seats (14-way) with Memory Package including steering column with electric adjustment
  • Integrated headrests (front)
  • 2+2 seating concept
  • Rear seats with folding center armrest and individually folding backrests (60:40)
  • Seat heating (front and rear)

Exterior:

  • Taycan Turbo specifications listed here:
  • Fully galvanized steel-aluminum hybrid lightweight bodyshell
  • Hood, tailgate, door, side sections and front fenders in aluminum
  • Full-surface aerodynamic underbody paneling
  • Vertical air curtains on front fascia
  • Lower valance inlays in painted in exterior color
  • Recessed door handles
  • Side window trim in High Gloss Silver
  • Side skirts in Black with inlays painted in exterior color
  • Exterior mirror lower trims painted in exterior color with mirror base in Black
  • Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA) with active air intake flaps and adaptive rear spoiler
  • Rear fascia with integrated rear diffuser and inlays in exterior color
  • "PORSCHE" logo integrated in rear light strip
  • "Taycan turbo" logo on rear in High Gloss Silver
  • Auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors
  • Electrically adjustable and heatable exterior mirrors
  • Front wiper system including rain sensor and washer jets
  • Heated rear windshield with "Auto-Off" function
  • LED-Matrix Design Headlights including Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS+)
  • Four-point LED daytime running lights
  • Automatic headlight activation including "Welcome Home" lighting
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