While developing the Taycan, the biggest issue Porsche had to battle with was weight. You see, the batteries that electric cars need in order to give them a decent range between charges tend to be very heavy. This is why the Taycan weighs several hundred kilos more than the slightly larger Porsche Panamera.
However, as much of that weight as possible has been positioned low down in the car, and the Taycan feels remarkably agile as a result. True, our test car had clever active anti-roll bars (Dynamic Chassis Control Sport in Porsche speak) to help its cause, but, when it comes to grip, balance and resistance to body roll, the Taycan is in a different league from any electric car that’s come before.
The same goes for the Taycan’s steering, which gives you a much better sense of connection with the front wheels than that of the Tesla Model S. That’s partly thanks to how nicely the weight builds as you turn the wheel, but also due to how accurate the steering is. Every millimetre of movement has a subtle but noticeable influence on the car’s onward trajectory.
Yet take the standard adjustable suspension out of its more extreme Sport and Sport Plus settings and the ride comfort becomes surprisingly plush. No matter what speed you’re doing or the type of road you’re driving along, the Taycan is never fractious, even with the fairly enormous 21in alloy wheels that the range-topping Turbo S version wears as standard. We’ve yet to drive the cheaper Turbo model, but there’s a good chance it will deal with bumps even better.
The only slight complaint you might have on longer journeys is the amount of road and wind noise. However, one reason it’s so noticeable is that there’s no petrol or diesel engine drone to drown it out. Unless, that is, you’ve switched on the Electric Sport Sound, which generates some artificial whirring noises.
Perhaps most impressive of all, though, is the Taycan’s acceleration. Its two electric motors – one driving the front wheels and another driving the rears – usually combine to pump out 617bhp, but the Turbo S allows this to be boosted to 750bhp for very short periods. That’s enough to hurl you from 0-62mph in just 2.8sec – only fractionally longer than a Model S Performance takes to do the same sprint. Even the slightly less powerful Turbo model can crack 62mph from a standstill in 3.2sec.
Unlike those of many electric cars, the Taycan’s regenerative brakes (which recapture energy that would otherwise be lost during braking and feed it back into the battery), are also relatively predictable, making it easy to slow down smoothly.
As for the more practical considerations of owning an electric car, the Taycan Turbo S can officially manage up to 256 miles on a full charge, with the Turbo model promising up to 279 miles. You’ll struggle to match those figures unless you drive very gently, but 200-220 miles should be easily achievable. If a longer range between charges is required, though, the Model S is a better choice.