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Electric Car Awards 2021: Best electric performance car

With electrified 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: Best electric performance car

Porsche Taycan 4S Performance Battery Plus

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There's no shortage of great electric cars now, but great electric driver’s cars that make battery power properly fun have been a bit thin on the ground. The Porsche Taycan is a notable exception.

It’s available with a choice of power outputs, most of them outrageously high. Our pick is the 4S (the cheapest model with four-wheel drive) fitted with a larger, 93kWh battery added as an option. The battery upgrade increases the official range to 288 miles and adds a little more power, with 469bhp in normal use and 523bhp for short bursts.

When we tested that model, it hit 60mph from a standstill in just 3.6sec – and there are two even quicker versions available.

Porsche Taycan rear

Sure, there are variants of the Tesla Model S that can do an even faster sprint, but it’s not a patch on the Taycan for handling finesse and driving thrills. The Taycan is the benchmark, even beating the closely related Audi E-tron GT.

You get hefty yet precise steering, taut body control and keen responses to all your inputs, and the car feels agile and engaging, despite its weight. If you add the optional active anti-roll bars (called Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control), it outhandles all its rivals, including the lighter Porsche Panamera. For all its sportiness – and despite having slightly firmer suspension than the E-tron GT – the Taycan is still a comfy car. It’s relaxing whirring down the motorway or hustling through busy town traffic.

Very few performance cars are more welcoming to sit in or better finished inside. From the curved, frameless screen behind the steering wheel to the array of tactile, dense-feeling materials and supportive yet comfortable seats, it’s exactly what you’d expect from a Porsche. In this category, only the E-tron GT can compete for interior lustre.

2020 Porsche Taycan dashboard

The whole family can share the glow of ownership satisfaction too, with room for two six-footers to lounge on the standard two-person rear bench.

The boot can’t hold anywhere near as much as the Model S’s, but it’s big enough to make the Taycan more than a weekend toy. It’s also the joint fastest-charging car in the world (with the E-tron GT), able to handle 270kW if you can find a suitably powerful charger.

True, it is pricey, and the E-tron GT is cheaper and better equipped, but the Taycan is so good you don’t feel short-changed. It has already won our 2021 Performance Car of the Year Award – triumphing over petrol and diesel rivals – and success here adds more glory to the reign of the illuminatingly brilliant Taycan.

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