Porsche Taycan won this right in the summer of 2022 to update. This mainly applies to autonomy, infotainment and driving aids. There were no fundamental changes on the mechanical and aesthetic level. That’s why things have evolved into electronic systems. However, this will affect the driveability, because in order to increase the autonomy, Zuffenhausen engineers have worked on the free ride control. In fact, as in the stationary state, no motor torque is applied in this state. In “Normal” and “Range” driving modes, the front electric motor for all-wheel drive models is almost completely disengaged and is “de-energized” under partial load. All this reduces resistance in the kinematic chain and, as a result, energy consumption. Porsche also promises finer tuning of the controls. And more efficient parking tools, usually fit in tight spaces. Recall that Taycan has a two-speed “box”.
The park in front of the Porsche Experience Center in Franciacorta between Milan and Verona gave us a choice between the Taycan, Taycan Sport Turismo and Taycan Cross Turismo. Finally, we chose the Taycan Turbo S sedan, which clocked 7 minutes and 33 seconds on the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife. At 4.96m long, this luxury car makes 625bhp with its twin engines, which can go up to 761bhp with Launch Control (we won’t get a chance to test it in traffic). Torque 1050 Nm, 83.7 kWh useful battery (93.4 kWh) range is 464 km.
On board the Taycan, we are a forward-looking Porsche. The steering wheel with “drive mode” button and the decor are clearly stamped with the coat of arms of the Duchy of Württemberg and the horseshoe coat of Stuttgart. This living area is completely digital and in addition to the one for the driver, there is a screen on the far right for the passenger. Even the air conditioner has a touch screen between the seats. This actually shows! A minor innovation, the Taycan is Android Auto compatible wirelessly. The connection was a simple formality.
It is in this digital luxury that the Porsche Taycan Turbo S moves forward before joining the short trip to Lake Iseo. The bad surface on part of the long so-called expressway that leads us to winding roads overlooking the lake forces the Germans to juggle between the obligation to inform us of the state of the bitumen and the courtesy of presenting us with a complete universe. The exercise in style was succeeded by the sedan, and it manages to maintain a comfortable comfort even on an uninteresting road, while maintaining a sporty style in spirit.
The monotony of this part of the route prompts us to try the glass roof with variable opacity. The control on the center console allows you to choose to darken only a part of the panoramic roof. Go to the sun in the back and the shade in front. This approach also shows that, unfortunately, the controls, however fine-tuned they are (as Porsche promised us), still lack common sense. Speed limit sign detection does not include anything on the rightmost signal in Italy, which only applies to those leaving the main lane. The regulator insists on stopping us at 50km/h, even though it doesn’t need to.
The road finally gets interesting. At least on the navigation map. Speed cameras quickly curb the urge to exceed 70 km/h. But it’s enough to drag your foot on the bends of this small uphill road. Porsche Taycan S is very obedient. Despite its length, it handles the pins with elegance and purity. Accelerations again are instant and strong. There is no more relief in such muscles. When the opportunity arises, a swipe of the stick in Sport Plus mode turns the Taycan into a rocket launcher. Avoid fainting for sensitive souls and fragile bodies. And that’s without using Launch Control. The advantage of Sport Plus is to give us a small sound bonus that accompanies the driving speed – artificial, of course.
When approaching curves, the release of the right leg does not translate into a forward thrust for passengers. Regeneration is very discreet and not even noticeable. Even to the point of questioning its performance. It helps dynamic driving only with strong brakes. Pleasure is everywhere. When traffic encourages you to switch back to Normal mode, you remain the driver of a vintage car. A V8 or V12 is definitely quieter. In any case, this Taycan demonstrates that Porsche remains a brand that masters its subject well. The consumption of this short test run presents a balance of 25 kWh/100 km, despite taking off by braking late and accelerating too boldly. This figure requires an average of 22 kWh for long-distance travel in Cruise Control.
This little test of about sixty kilometers confirms two things: the Taycan Turbo S has breathtaking acceleration, and Porsche has understood how to combine pleasure and demand with its electric models. More than 250 km, we will not avoid charging breaks on the way to a vacation or a meeting. Fortunately, thanks to the 800 V architecture with 270 kW of charging power, when everything is in order, they can be less than 30 minutes. But between these mandatory stops, we will console ourselves with a car that is both luxurious, sporty and practical. Ingredients distilled with intelligence and know-how. But beware, this tasty individual electromobility is expensive: (from) €199,585 for the Taycan Turbo S.
- Performs on all accounts
- Real autonomy
- Too much screen?
- Useless driver aids warning