The 2021 Porsche Taycan, which is pronounced tie-kahn, is an innovative electric vehicle that showcases the high-performance potential this species. It is the first EV to feature an 800-volt architecture and a multispeed transmission, setting new standards in terms of charging speeds and acceleration times. The top-of the-line, 750-hp Turbo S is one of the fastest cars we have ever tested. It can even tie hypercars such as the $1.7 million Bugatti Veyron (16.4 to 60 mph in just 2.4 seconds). The EV is also very durable, able to run multiple high-speed runs with no significant performance loss. The four-door sedan’s estimated driving range is shorter than that of its main rival, Tesla Model S. All-wheel-drive versions are priced at least six figures. The Taycan is a Porsche sports car that drives and exhales in a way few other electric cars have ever done. That’s why we made it Editors’ Choice.
What’s new for 2021?
For 2021, Porsche makes minor changes to the Taycan lineup. It adds new features and a new battery option. The base model is also more affordable. Although the 83.7-kWh capacity pack is still available, the standard 4S comes with a 71.0-kWh battery. Although it produces less horsepower, the smaller battery version is also less expensive. Porsche has re-calibrated the Taycan’s charging systems to improve battery life and reduce power loss during fast charging. Notable updates include a head-up display and SiriusXM satellite radio. There are also more exterior and interior color options. Owners can also subscribe over-the-air to software updates.
Pricing and Which One To Buy
The Taycan Turbo S and Turbo S are supercar-like in performance, but we recommend the more affordable Taycan 4S all-wheel drive. The 4S features a 522-hp engine, 19-inch wheels and adaptive air suspension. It also has keyless entry. We would skip the many customization options offered by Porsche, but upgrade to the Performance Battery Plus to increase the pack’s size and raise the combined horsepower rating up to 562 to keep the price down. The Performance package is a must, as it makes Taycan easier to drive. The rear-axle steering improves agility and torque vectoring increases performance. The Sport Plus drive mode optimizes performance and the active antiroll bars increase stability.
Transmission, Engine, and Performance
Dual electric motors are a feature of most Taycan models. One powering the front wheels, the other the rear. The outputs of each motor are different and vary depending on the trim level. With the standard 79.2-kWh lithium-ion battery, the 4S can produce up to 522 horses and the optional 83.7-kWh option, up to 562 horses. This latter feature is standard on the 670-hp Turbo model and the 750hp Turbo S model. However, it can be paired up with either size of battery. The single electric motor can produce up to 402 horsepower with the smaller battery, and 469 horsepower with the larger one. The innovative two-speed transmission provides a sensational shift during hard acceleration on all Taycan models. All three models have all-wheel drive, and the two-speed transmission provides a thrilling shift during hard acceleration. A rear-drive model is also possible. The Taycan 4S was a great car. It accelerates quickly to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds and has excellent point-and-shoot handling. We wish the brake pedal was more responsive, as Porsche has chosen to abandon one-pedal driving. Turbo S’s rocketship takeoffs will blow away those who have a need for speed. We tested the Turbo S and it reached 60 mph in 2.4 seconds. It also cleared the quarter-mile in 10.5 second at 130 mph. A Model S was also tested, and it reached 60 mph in just three seconds. However, it couldn’t make repeated acceleration runs without suffering severe performance degradation. The Taycan was able to do it. The Porsche is an electric vehicle that stands out because of its low-slung driving position, precise steering and precise handling. It’s also very comfortable. Another Taycan Turbo S that we drove on 21-inch wheels had narrow sidewalls. It never felt stiff or harsh.
Range, Charging, Battery Life
The Taycan’s driving distance is comparable to that of the Tesla Model S which can travel 400 miles per charge. The EPA data are not available for the 4S model. It has an estimated range between 199 and 227 miles with a smaller battery, and 227 miles with a larger pack. The Turbo S was rated at 193 miles, while the Turbo S was rated as a 201-mile model. Each model has an 800-volt architecture, which allows for a charging power of up to 220 watts. The 83.7-kWh battery allows models to go from a 5 percent charge up to 80 percent in just 23 minutes. We found that 800-volt DC fast chargers don’t come in many cases and the peak charging rates of these chargers were not very useful. Common 400-volt DC fast chargers offer 50 kilowatts and can charge your battery from 5 to 80 per cent in as little as 93 minutes. The 150-kW onboard charger can reduce this time. Porsche claims that it will take 10.5 hours to charge the Taycan’s largest battery, which is fully charged and then recharged at home using the 9.6-kW AC charger.
Fuel Economy and Real World MPG
The EPA states that the Taycan with the biggest battery pack can achieve up to 68 MPGe. The Tesla Model S, in its most efficient form, has a rating that is 117 MPGe. The Porsche scores up to 71 MPGe and the Tesla up to 112MPGe when driving on the highway. The Taycan 4S was tested with the large battery and we observed 65 MPGe on our 75-mph highway route. The same test was done with the 2018 Model S 100D. We observed 91 MPGe. On our highway test, we also observed that a 2020 Taycan 4S achieved 180 miles of real-world range.
Interior, Comfort, & Cargo
The Taycan’s sleek exterior is filled with technology. Its design is simple, but it reminds us of other Porsche models. The interior can be covered with a variety of rich materials and colors. You have many luxury options available, such as four-zone climate control and massaging front seats. There are also heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel. Standard Taycan seating is 2+2, but you can add another spot at the back. The rear storage and rear accommodation of the electrified Porsche were a little lacking. We also didn’t like having to climb into the low front seats. The view out from behind the wheel is great.
Connectivity and Infotainment
The Taycan has plenty of screens, but it is short on physical buttons and knobs. Two central touchscreens control the infotainment system. They are located on the dashboard, along with a 16.8 inch curved display for the gauges. The top one, measuring 10.9 inches, is integrated into the dash. It allows for quick access to the most important functions. It has an 8.4-inch touchscreen that allows users to adjust the climate, check the battery status, input navigation information, interact with Apple CarPlay features and open and close trunks and charge ports. A 10.9-inch touchscreen is also available for the front passenger. The 5.9-inch touchscreen controls the rear HVAC, seat heating, and other functions (if equipped).