Chris Harris gives us his view of the Porsche Taycan Turbo S... A petrolhead in an electric car? Let's see how this drive goes.
The Porsche Taycan Turbo S is the German's answer to Tesla's domination of the EV world. It's possibly their most high-tech car too and, with 761bhp and 774lb-ft of torque, it's very, very fast. Chris Harris knows that, but he wants to find out if it can go around corners, and if it's any good.
This is the range-topping version of the four-door electric sedan and, almost immediately, it's clear that this Porsche is a...well...Porsche. The Taycan Turbo S channels the dynamics of its petrol-powered siblings and carries the flag of Porsche's ethos through its road manners.
It is devastatingly quick, 0-60 is done in 2.5-seconds, that's as fast as a Bugatti Veyron, and a quarter-mile is accomplished in 10.5-seconds at 130mph. For the first time in the EV world, the Taycan Turbo S has a multispeed transmission. Okay, it's only two gears, but the first gear is for faster acceleration while second is for better efficiency and a punchier top speed.
It's then time to tackle the twisties, and the Taycan Turbo S simply revels in them. With its low, wide stance and heavy batteries sitting in the chassis, it's balanced and dynamic. It handles with Porsche familiarity. It even has magical torque-vectoring that allows the back to step out for controlled and smokey drifts, much to Harris' glee.
Another of its attributes is its fast charging. It can top up to 75% in just 20-minutes, far faster than any other manufacturer. Unfortunately, in the UK, there are only four 270 kilowatt charging stations... It will get you 192 miles on a single charge, not as much as its Tesla rival, that can do 326 miles, but we doubt this will worry a Porsche owner.
So, what does Chris Harris think of the Porsche Taycan Turbo S? Well, to find out all about his drive, just press the play button on the TopGear video below.
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