The new Porsche Taycan has a slim body that leaves no doubt that it is an electric car designed to turn electricity into pure speed. Although in a certain way all the electrical mechanisms make it have more in common with what is hidden under the skin of a Tesla Model S than with a gasoline 911.
Subtle curved hood scoops accompanied by a sleek sloping roofline along with full brake lights and super aero alloy wheels give the Taycan a futuristic look.
The interior of the Porsche Taycan is a combination of a luxury vehicle with technology. In all corners of the vehicle we find screens from where we can control the different functions of the vehicle. There’s even an optional screen above the glove box from which the driver’s passenger can control the vehicle’s music.
Most Taycan models have two electric motors, one for the front wheels and one for the rear. They produce different powers that vary according to the level of equipment.
The base model makes between 402 and 469 hp, depending on battery size, but it only has rear-wheel drive. All Taycan models also have an innovative two-speed transmission that provides exciting shifting under hard acceleration.
Most impressive of all is the Taycan’s acceleration. Even the entry model, with a single engine and rear-wheel drive, has 322 hp, and if you put your foot down with launch control activated, it increases to 402 hp for a few seconds. The result is a 0 to 100 km/h time of 5.4 seconds, which is fast.
Simply put, the Porsche Taycan beats all rival electric cars in terms of interior quality, even the Audi E-tron GT. Every surface you touch feels suitably high-quality and everything feels beautifully bolted together.
The driving position is also superb. You sit lower to the ground than in most electric cars, so you immediately feel like you’re in something truly sporty.
The seats offer wonderful support on a long drive and have good lateral support when cornering. The Taycan comes with eight-way power-adjustable seats as standard, but you can pay more (or go for the GTS model) if you want more adjustability.
If you like technology, you will appreciate the four giant screens that you can have in the Taycan. Three of them – the one behind the steering wheel and the two touchscreens in the center of the dashboard – are standard, and you can pay extra to get one for the front passenger as well. It allows them to see information such as your speed or take on the role of DJ in the car
The instrument cluster behind the steering wheel is a sleek 16.8-inch curved digital display. It’s highly customizable and is capable of showing you everything from navigation instructions to the G-force you’re generating while cornering.
Most of the car’s functions are controlled via the 8.4-inch central touchscreen, which has haptic feedback, and the 10.9-inch infotainment screen above it. There aren’t many physical buttons on the Taycan, which can be a problem: pressing the smaller icons while driving isn’t easy and is very distracting. The E-tron GT’s dashboard has more physical buttons and is easier to use for it.
Outward vision is somewhat hampered by the Taycan’s thick front and rear pillars and the shallow rear screen. A rear view camera is optional, but front and rear parking sensors are standard, as are LED headlights. Adaptive Matrix LED headlights are standard on GTS and Turbo models.