Porsche is working its magic to make this all-wheel-drive, all-electric, shooting-brake handle like a sports car
The Taycan is the first all-electric car from the German performance carmaker. It is available as a four-door sports sedan or in two station wagon body styles – called Taycan 4S Cross Turismo and Taycan Sport Turismo.
We headed to Yorkshire to ride the Taycan 4S Cross Turismo. With extra ground clearance, height-adjustable suspension and all-wheel drive, Porsche says the car is capable of some light off-roading. There’s even an off-road package on the options list.
Prices start from £88,270 for the Taycan 4S Cross Turismo, which produces 483hp from two electric motors. An overboost mode temporarily generates an additional 80 hp and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds.
Do you want to drive faster? Then for £140,000 you can have the Taycan Sports Turismo Turbo S. This beast produces a maximum of 750 hp and does the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds, which beats a supercar.
Having driven the “normal” Taycan Sports Turismo, I can’t imagine wanting or needing more power.
Zero to 100 km/h comes in 4.1 seconds, 0-150 km/h takes just 8.6 seconds, and in 13 seconds you’re dead on at 124 km/h (or 200 km/h in new money).
In addition, the power supply is instantaneous. You don’t have to wait for revs to pick up or a turbocharger to kick in. The moment you press the gas pedal, you start hurtling forward.
That’s huge, but it’s nothing unusual. Many electric cars are fast. What is unusual is how well the car drives. The sheer weight of electric cars – all those batteries are heavy – makes them lumbering beasts. While their speed can be phenomenal in a straight line, approach a corner and you’ll have to slow down immediately.
Not so with the Taycan. Somehow the Porsche engineers have developed an electric car that makes cornering really fun. It turns sharply, grips like crazy, and stays flat and balanced throughout. Different ride modes allow fine-tuning of suspension and throttle settings.
According to official figures, the Taycan has a range of 440 kilometers with a 93.4 kWh battery. Of course, how you drive will have a significant impact on range. If you’re cruising around town, you’ll cover well over 300 miles before you need to plug in. Explore the car’s impressive power curve and watch the battery level drop.
It accepts charging up to 270 kW. So if you can find a spot fast enough, an 80 per cent charge will take just over 20 minutes.
The Taycan 4S Cross Turismo also scores when it comes to comfort. At 60mph on a long empty Yorkshire road, wind noise was utterly absent. Of course, there were no engine noises either. The muffled roar of the tires on the tarmac was the only sound that indicated we were moving.
The extra 20mm of ground clearance – 30mm with the optional Off-Road package – over the standard Taycan makes the ride quality even more comfortable and allows the adaptive air suspension to iron out bumps, potholes and any other bumps on Britain’s pockmarked roads.
The Taycan 4S Cross Turismo also scores in terms of practicality. The rear seats are suitable for adults and the trunk has a capacity of 446 liters. Drop the rear seats and you can play with 1,200 liters. Under the hood there is also a “frunk” storage space that allows you to stow 84 liters of gear.
The well-designed cabin feels premium. Three screens – one behind the wheel and two in the dashboard – are responsive and easy to read and use. The driver can customize the screen behind the wheel to their liking.
Like all touchscreens, they’re great to use when stationary, but old-fashioned dials and buttons are much easier to use without taking your eyes off the road.
With the Taycan 4S Cross Turismo, Porsche has created one of the most impressive electric cars to date. It’s fast. It is fun. It’s practical and luxurious. range is good. It will even handle a bit of (very easy) terrain.
At £88,000 it doesn’t cost a whole heap more than a Jaguar I-Pace or Tesla Model S, but offers a better driving experience and the Porsche seal of approval.
You can spend nearly half as much on top-of-the-line versions, but the entry-level model has everything you need and more.
Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo
Price: £88,270 (£102,961 as tested); Engine: Two permanent magnet synchronous motors; Battery: 80.7kWh; Perfomance: 483 hp (563 hp with overboost); Torque: 479 pounds foot; Transmission: two-speed automatic, all-wheel drive; Top speed: 149mph; 0-100km/h: 4.1 seconds; WLTP range: 277 miles; Consumption: 2.3-2.7 miles/kWh; Charge: Up to 270kW