2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo: Electric car
The empire strikes back. After years of having its pants pulled down by Tesla, the car industry establishment has finally produced an electric car that shades the Model S.
Sprint times from 0–100km/h are 4.0 seconds for the 4S, 3.2 seconds for the Turbo and 2.8 seconds for the Turbo S.
Electric motors on each axle, an electronic slip differential and torque vectoring that transfers drive to the wheels with the most traction help the Taycan slingshot out of corners without a hint of nervousness.
Porsche says it put a lot of effort into the Taycan’s brake feel, after initial criticism from former F1 driver and test pilot Mark Webber. It claims its regenerative brakes recoup more energy than its rivals, yet the pedal feels like a sports car’s should.
It’s hard to find fault with the Taycan, although the three-year warranty is too short and Porsche is still playing silly buggers with the options list. Our test car had $18,000 worth of extras, most of which are standard on cars a quarter of the price.
Price: About $366,000 drive-away.