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390kW 4S 79kWh 4dr Auto [5 Seat]

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The Taycan's heart is electric: its soul though, is very much that of a Porsche. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Background

Fully electric performance cars are all much the same right? They all give you a great big heavy battery, a couple of electric motors and enough pulling power to tear up the tarmac. Oh yes and they all feel terrible the first time you throw one into a corner. For a long time now, Porsche has been mulling over how to deliver something better. Its first thoughts on the subject were delivered by the Mission E concept, a futuristic design study that did the motor show rounds back in 2015. It showcased class-leading recharging times, astonishing electrified charging tech and the world's most slippery EV model shape. And it was closer to sales reality than most realised, its production-ready counterpart, this model, the Taycan, launched in early 2020.

Driving Experience

There aren't many cars that can keep up with a Taycan, whatever drivetrain they might use. Most customers will choose one of the two top variants, the Turbo and the Turbo S. Both put out 625PS in standard form, extendable with an Overboost function to 680PS on the Turbo and 761PS on the Turbo S. The Turbo S generates a stupendous 1,050Nm of pulling power and if on this top derivative you activate Launch Control (standard across the range), you'll discover that 62mph can be reached in just 2.8s. Even the base rear driven Taycan offers 408PS (with the standard 79.2kWh 'Performance Battery') or 476PS (with the optional 93.4kWh 'Performance Battery Plus'). The AWD Taycan 4S offers 435PS (or 530PS on Overboost), puts out 640Nm of torque and deals with the 62mph sprint in 4 seconds flat. To ensure that the car really feels that quick, Porsche has engineered in a bit of motor whirr that you'll hear under heavy throttle and we'd pay extra for the optional Electric Sport Sound system that further amplifies it. But the most difficult task the engineers had here was in disguising what as usual on an EV is a prodigious kerb weight - in this case around 2.3-tonnes. Plenty's been thrown at that problem here, starting with torque-vectoring four-wheel drive. On the two volume models, you're going to need to pay extra for a lot of the extra tools that together should make this car feel somehow more agile than a Panamera - things like Dynamic Chassis Control, electromechanical roll stabilisation and rear-wheel steering, all co-ordinated by a clever Porsche 4D Chassis Control set-up. There are three available variants, the Taycan 4S (offering up to 530PS), the Turbo (offering up to 680PS) and the Turbo S (offering up to 761PS and good for 62mph from rest in just 2.8 en route to 161mph). Inevitably, the most difficult task the engineers had here was in disguising what as usual on an EV is a prodigious kerb weight - in this case around 2.3-tonnes. Plenty's been thrown at that problem here, starting with torque-vectoring four-wheel drive. On the two volume models, you're going to need to pay extra for a lot of the extra tools that together should make this car feel somehow more agile than a Panamera - things like Dynamic Chassis Control, electromechanical roll stabilisation and rear-wheel steering, all co-ordinated by a clever Porsche 4D Chassis Control set-up.

Design and Build

The Taycan's styling confirms that it is indeed possible to create an EV model shape that looks both contemporary and distinctive. Visually, there's plenty of Porsche DNA here - specifically the four-point LED headlights, the lateral air intakes and the pronounced wings that flank the very flat bonnet made possible by the compactness of the electric drive unit. The silhouette is characterised by a dynamic, flat 'flyline', plus there are automatically extending door handles and two roof options - one contoured from light aluminium, the other fashioned from panoramic glass. The rear design features a seamless glass light strip. Behind the wheel, there's a dashboard apparently influenced by the original 911 design from 1963 in the respect that there are very few buttons and the instrument cluster is wider than the steering wheel. The gauges are displayed on a cowl-free 16.8-inch curved digital screen. The higher central infotainment screen is 10.9-inches, plus there's also a lower 8.4-inch display for the climate controls which also includes a notepad for entering info into the sat nav. And if that's not enough screens for you, it's possible to specify yet another one ahead of the front seat passenger so that your companion can enter in, say, navigation or music preferences for you. And rear seat space? Well in size, the Taycan sits between a 911 and a Panamera and rear compartment room reflects that: two adults will be quite comfortable and they'll get a further screen (5.9-inches) if you've specified 4-zone climate control. Special recesses in the under-floor battery allow for so-called 'foot garages' which improve legroom while keeping the seating position low. In terms of boot space, there's nothing like as much as you'd get in, say, a Tesla Model S: there's a 366-litre boot (about the same as you'd get in a VW Golf), plus a further 'frunk' nose compartment offering a further 81-litres.

Market and Model

There are four Taycan model choices, your options kicking off with the rear-driven Taycan, which from launch, was priced at around £70,000. The other three models all feature AWD, starting with the Taycan 4S which from launch cost around £83,500. The Taycan and Taycan 4S both come as standard with Porsche's smaller 79.2kWh battery pack: you'll have to pay extra for the larger 93kWh 'Performance Battery Plus' pack you'd ideally want in this car. That's standard in the two top versions in the range. Rather strangely given that this is an electric car without an engine, Porsche has retained its 'Turbo' badging for these, the 'Turbo' version (which from launch cost around £116,000) and the Turbo S (which from launch cost around £139,000). As you'd expect, it's possible to spend a further fortune on the options list - which you'll need to do if you want all of the handling systems we touched on earlier. As you'd expect, there's also a whole portfolio of available camera and radar-driven safety and autonomous driving tech. Most Taycan owners will want Adaptive Cruise Control, which works particularly well as part of the Porsche InnoDrive system. This can look ahead for up to two miles as you drive using radar and sensor feedback plus predictive GPS data before then modifying speed and gearshift strategy to better suit the speed limits, topographic road features and traffic flow you're likely to encounter. 'Active Lane Keeping', 'Traffic jam Assist', 'Lane Change Assist' and 'Night Vision Assist' features are also available.

Cost of Ownership

The key difference with this EV over anything else we've seen is its 800-volt power supply, which is double that normally seen with electric cars and is based on tech trialled by Porsche in its Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid race car. The idea here is that by pushing up voltage, you can drop the current without affecting power output. Lower current means faster charging times. Using a three-phase 11kWh wallbox, replenishment will take around 9 hours; a more common 7.2kW garage wallbox not requiring a three-phase supply would take slightly longer. Porsche is keen to talk of the Taycan's peak charging capacity of 270kW, which theoretically means that the 93kWh battery can be recharged from 5% to 80% in just 22.5 minutes: that's at an 800-volt charging station. Currently, there are two of those in the UK... A more easily located 400-volt public charging station will take about an hour and a half to do the same thing - providing you pay Porsche extra for the optional on-board booster which increases the car's standard charging peak from 50kW to 150kW. As for WLTP driving range, well on the rear-driven Taycan that's 268 miles (with the 79.2kWH 'Performance Battery Plus') or 301 miles (with the 93.4kWh 'Performance Battery'). On the Taycan 4S variant with that standard 79.2kWh battery pack, you're looking at just 188 miles. The 'Performance Battery Plus' package (standard on the two Turbo variants) will take you 216 miles in the Turbo version and 205 miles in the Taycan Turbo S. Recharging (speeded by this car's clever 800-volt power supply set-up) takes around 9 hours using an 11 kWh garage wallbox and three-phase supply. Or at a 400-volt public charging station, it'd take about an hour and a half to charge from 5 to 80%.

Summary

If, like us, you'd begun to imagine that the golden age of the motor car was well behind us, there's cause for hope here. And even for an argument that a really well engineered EV can restore to enthusiasts some of the driving involvement and excitement that's been lost in recent decades as powerful petrol engines have become sanitised by turbochargers, particulate filters and camera-driven technology. Ultimately, those petrol engines have to go but what replaces them doesn't necessarily have to be an automotive domestic appliance. The Taycan proves that. This car is priced to be vanishingly rare but its technology will in future surely be shared with more accessible EVs in Porsche's Volkswagen Group parent company. And from there, other competing volume brands will have to copy it. So the Taycan might really be a turning point in EV development. The place from which automotive engineers regained emotive control in motor car development. There's a place in the market for electric cars produced merely to go you from one location to another. But a desire for more than that will also exist amongst those who come in search of something extra. And if you'd despaired of an EV, any EV, ever properly providing that, then you need to try this car.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeElectric
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency0.00mpg
Emissions
Emissions0.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed155mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 16.8 inch curved touchscreen display
  • Automaic tailgate
  • Brake pad wear indicator
  • Centre console with direct touch control includes climate settings, opening and closing charge port doors, battery level indicator, handwriting panel
  • Driver personalisation for ergonomic, comfort, infotainment and lighting functions as well as assistance and display systems
  • Lane keeping assist including traffic sign recognition
  • Porsche Communication Management (PCM) including online navigation module, mobile phone preparation, audio interfaces and voice control system
  • Porsche connect with apple carplay
  • Porsche recuperation management
  • Range mode for activation efficiency orientated settings
  • Tailgate button

Entertainment

  • 2 USB-C charge ports in rear
  • 2 USB-C connectivity and charge ports in the centre console storage compartment
  • Digital radio

Exterior Features

  • 4-point LED daytime running lights
  • Air curtain upper valance with vertical air intakes
  • Aluminium bonnet with tailgate door, side sections and front wings
  • Aluminium roof contoured design with dynamic recess profile
  • Auto deploying door handles
  • Automatic headlight activation including welcome home lighting
  • Bumper system with high strength cross members and two deformation elements + Two threaded fixture point for towing eye contained in onboard tool kit
  • Electrically adjustable and heated exterior mirrors with aspherical on driver's side
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Full surface aerodynamic underbody panelling
  • Fully galvanised steel/aluminium hybrid lightweight bodyshell
  • Heated rear window with automatic switch off
  • Integrated side impact protection in doors
  • Light strip
  • Lower valance in black
  • Porsche active aerodynamics (PAA) with active air intake flaps and adaptive rear spoiler
  • Porsche logo in glass look integrated into rear light strip
  • Rear diffuser in louvered design in black
  • Silver model designation on tailgate
  • Third brake light
  • Windscreen wiper system including rain sensor and washer jets

Interior Features

  • 12V electrical socket in centre console storage compartment
  • 12V electrical socket in rear luggage compartment
  • 4+1 Seats
  • Active carbon fine dust filter keeps pollen and odours
  • Clothes hooks on B-pillars on driver's and front passenger's sides
  • Driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Driver and front passenger sunvisors
  • Front and rear luggage compartments
  • Front centre console armrest with integrated storage compartment
  • Heat pump
  • Integrated front headrests
  • ISOFIX child seats mounting system on outer rear seats
  • LED interior light with switchoff delay, front and rear reading spot light, footwell illumination, luggage compartment lights, glove compartment light
  • Manual height adjust for driver and front passenger seat belt
  • Mobile charger connect
  • Parking pre-climatisation including pre-conditioning of battery
  • Porsche intelligent range manager
  • Rear head restraints
  • Storage compartments in glove comaprtment, front centre console, outer rear seats, front and rear doors, sides of rear luggage compartment recess
  • Taycan badge on center console
  • Two integrated cup holders in front and rear

Safety

  • 3 point automatic seatbelts with front and outer rear seats pretensioners and front force limiter
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • 4 piston aluminium monobloc fixed brake calipers at rear
  • 6 piston aluminium monobloc fixed caliper brakes at front
  • Active bonnet
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Auto hold function
  • Brake discs internally vented with 360mm diameter at front and 358mm diameter at rear
  • Curtain airbags along entire roof frame and side windows from A pillar to the C pillar
  • Driver and front passenger knee airbag
  • Electric parking brake
  • Front side airbags
  • Full size driver and front passenger airbags
  • Multi collision brake assist
  • PTM (Porsche Traction Management)
  • Rollover detection for activation of curtain airbags and seat belt pretensioners
  • Seatbelt warning system for driver/front passenger and rear seat system
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Engine immobiliser with remote central locking and alarm system with radar based interior surveillance
  • Keyless drive
  • Porsche vehicle tracking system (PVTS Plus)

Technical

  • 50 kW DC on board charger for public charging stations with 400V
  • Adaptive air suspension including Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM)
  • Adaptive damping system
  • Aluminium double wishbone front axle
  • Aluminium multi link rear axle
  • Charge port on driver and front passenger sides
  • DC charging at public charging with 800V
  • Electric drive transmission
  • Porsche Stability Management (PSM), vehicle stability system with ABS and extended brake functions
  • Sport mode for activation dynamic performance settings including launch control
  • Supply cable for domestic electrical socket

Technical Data

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    79.2
  • Battery Charge Slow kW
    11
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)
    480
  • Battery Charge Fast kW
    50
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage
    5-80
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)
    93
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW
    270
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage
    5-80
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes)
    23
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes)
    Not Available
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage
    100000
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years
    8
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - City - Max
    22.1
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - City - Min
    18.3
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - Max
    25.6
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - Min
    21
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Extra High - Max
    27.4
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Extra High - Min
    22.1
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - High - Max
    22.3
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - High - Min
    18.3
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Low - Max
    22.9
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Low - Min
    19.1
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Medium - Max
    21.6
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Medium - Min
    17.8
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - City - Max
    2.8
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - City - Min
    3.4
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - Max
    2.4
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - Min
    3
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Extra High - Max
    2.3
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Extra High - Min
    2.8
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - High - Max
    2.8
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - High - Min
    3.4
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Low - Max
    2.7
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Low - Min
    3.3
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Medium - Max
    2.9
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Medium - Min
    3.5
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City - Max
    383
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City - Min
    467
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - Max
    335
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - Min
    409
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City - Max
    238
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City - Min
    290
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - Max
    208
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - Min
    254

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    Not Available
  • CO2 (g/km)
    0
  • HC
    Not Available
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    Not Available
  • NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    Not Available
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Not Available
  • CC
    1
  • Compression Ratio
    Not Available
  • Cylinder Layout
    Not Available
  • Cylinders
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    Not Available
  • Engine Code
    Not Available
  • Engine Layout
    Not Available
  • Fuel Delivery
    Not Available
  • Gears
    2 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    Not Available
  • Transmission
    AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    Not Available
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    Not Available

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
  • Badge Power
    530
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    Not Available
  • Coin Series
    4S [5 Seat]
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    50E
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    85
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    83
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    70
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    73
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    24
  • Service Interval Mileage
    20000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    4
  • Engine Power - BHP
    530
  • Engine Power - KW
    390
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    472
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    65.3
  • Engine Torque - NM
    640
  • Top Speed
    155

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    N/A

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Tyre Size Front
    225/55 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear
    275/45 R19
  • Wheel Style
    AERO
  • Wheel Type
    19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1379
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4963
  • Wheelbase
    2900
  • Width
    1966
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2144

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    Not Available
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.7
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Customer Reviews

   
Julie Judge

Julie Judge

"Excellent Service I would definitely recommend. Scott and Holly have been outstanding. Thank you so much I love my new car!!."

"a week ago"

Sean Annells

Sean Annells

"First class service from start to finish. Great communication and very competitive on pricing. Always wanted to help and nothing was to much trouble. Tom always replied to my emails as soon as he could and always went the extra mile to answer my questions. Would definitely recommend Silverstone Fleet to anyone."

"3 months ago"

Jen Lamplough

Jen Lamplough

"Excellent friendly, advice when helping me to choose a new electric vehicle. Customer service has been great thank you :)"

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Sonia Smyth

"Very professional service, great communication from start to finish. I would highly recommend."

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Craig Ablett

Craig Ablett

"The whole team at SFM have been great from start to finish! Aby talked me through lots of options before I finally made a choice and ordered. Holly has kept me updated through out and been on hand to answer any questions I have had. Scott also spent time with me and rid me of my range anxiety going across to a full EV. I would highly recommend getting in touch with SFM for any of your car needs."

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