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Electric Car Awards 2020: Electric performance car
With electric cars now coming in all shapes and sizes – and available to suit every budget – we’ve named the best models in every class. Here we look at the best electric performance car...
WINNER: Electric performance car
Best buy 4S List price £84,189 Target Price £84,189 Target PCP na 0-62mph 4.0sec Top speed 155mph Official range 252 miles CO2 emissions 0g/km
The Porsche Taycan 4S is what we like to call a Goldilocks car: a model in the range that’s not too hot and not too cold. It’s just right.
How, you ask? Well, not only is it the cheapest version of Porsche’s Tesla Model S-rivalling electric saloon, but it can also travel farther between charges than its significantly more expensive Turbo and Turbo S siblings, with an official range of up to 288 miles.
Mind you, to get that near-300-mile range, you’ll need to add the £4613 Performance Battery Plus option. This gives you the same battery as you’ll find in the Turbo model, providing you with a maximum charging rate of 270kW (versus 225kW for the standard car). That means a 10-80% top-up can be done in just over 20 minutes – around 15 minutes quicker than the Tesla Model S Performance takes at its maximum charging speed of 200kW.
With a whopping 483bhp, straight-line performance is, unsurprisingly, gut-thumpingly impressive; 0-62mph takes just 4.0sec. Of course, lots of other electric cars, including the Model S and smaller Tesla Model 3, offer instant, eye-popping acceleration. For us, though, where the Taycan really moves the game on is in the corners. Despite weighing more than two tonnes, the way it hides its enormous mass is nothing short of miraculous.
It exhibits stunning levels of body control, in contrast to the comparatively wallowy Model S, and its accurate, feelsome steering makes it feel much smaller than it actually is on tight country roads. And while the 4S is capable of finding massive traction regardless of conditions, on the right road there’s still enough playfulness to keep more experienced drivers entertained. That’s a dimension missing from every other electric car on sale.
On top of all this, it’s also a remarkably easy car to live with. It has a more supple ride than its heavier Turbo and Turbo S brethren – as well as the Model S – and its beautifully finished interior has enough space for six-footers to sit wherever they like.
Put simply, the 4S has raised the bar for electric performance cars by demonstrating that battery power doesn’t have to mean a one-dimensional driving experience.
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