What’s it like?
Certainly, there wasn’t a single second during our four-hour drive around south-east England’s most enjoyable Tarmac when the Taycan Turbo’s power reserve wasn’t ample to the point of being excessive.
Of course, being battery powered, the pick-up is instantaneous and relentless in any situation, but unlike some EVs, there doesn’t seem to be any let-up at higher speeds. Be in no doubt that only a smattering of road-legal cars (and certainly very few with four usable seats) could keep up with the Taycan Turbo in the real world. Launch control (Sport Plus, left foot hard on brake, right foot on throttle) brings full power and ensuing seat-pinning hilarity.
Porsche has also engineered in some not unwelcome motor whirr to stimulate the ears under acceleration, but the optional Electric Sport Sound (standard on the Turbo S) dials it up further with some sci-fi whooshing and power-up noises. This may sound cringeworthy, but actually it adds an appealing aural reference as the numbers come thick and fast on the dials.
So it’s a Tesla botherer in a straight line. We knew that already, but where Porsche carries the baton farther than EV rivals is in the Taycan’s chassis tuning. It’s reassuring to know that the remarkable blend of cornering composure and usability rings true even on pockmarked UK Tarmac.
Let’s start with ride comfort, which sits somewhere between the taut plushness of a Panamera and the purposeful firmness of a 911. In normal mode with the adaptive air suspension at its softest, it does a passable impression of an executive saloon, and although really battered surfaces still send the odd jolt through the body, it’s less unsettled -particularly at low speed – than a Mercedes-AMG E63. With the 20in wheels and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres of our test car, tyre noise is also much more subdued than in a 911, for example.
But, crucially, is the Taycan a sports car? Well, it’s certainly the most dynamically convincing four-seat EV we’ve yet driven. It takes 10 minutes on a favourite B-road to discover what an unprecedented job Porsche has done in disguising the Taycan’s 2.3-tonne kerb weight. It feels lighter on its feet than a Panamera, despite being nigh-on 300kg heavier, with sharp turn-in and unflappable body control.