We officially live in the future: Porsche has introduced its first-ever EV performance car, and it hits harder than you can imagine. The 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo is an electric sport sedan that competes with the likes of the Tesla Model S for anti-fossil fuel honors. Under the shapely exterior of the Taycan Turbo S, you'll find an AWD system and a couple of electric motors that belt out 616 horsepower, with an overboost function pushing that figure up to an insane 750 hp and 774 lb-ft of torque. The regular Turbo is still an impressive vehicle with up to 670 hp and 626 lb-ft of torque on tap. Being a Porsche, the Taycan Turbo offers excellent build quality, superior refinement, and a driving experience you're unlikely to forget, but at a cost you likely won't forget either.
For the 2020 model year, the Taycan is a brand new electric vehicle offering from Porsche, with no previous generations to build on. However, for a first effort, few cars come close to being as good as the Taycan, and especially the 2020 Taycan Turbo.
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Despite what the name suggests, you won't find mention of any actual turbocharger, or even an engine, in a review of the 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo. Instead, you get two electric motors: one in the front and a more powerful magnet-synchronous motor at the rear. The base model produces 616 hp and 626 lb-ft of torque with an overboost function pushing that figure to 670 hp. The Turbo S pushes those figures to 750 hp and 774 lb-ft. Acceleration is instant, and the torque shove will most likely put the frail in ICU. Be warned. All-wheel drive is standard, and innovation is everywhere, including a 2-speed automatic gearbox for the rear axle. 0 to 60 takes as little as 2.6 seconds in the Turbo S.
An 83.7 kWh battery can be recharged in 9 hours, but 5-80% charge can be restored in under 23 minutes when charging on a 270 kW DC system.
Unlike its competitor, the Tesla Model S, which continues to experience teething problems with its innovative tech, the Porsche Taycan Turbo feels typically German, and by that, we mean overengineered, well thought out, and built like a concrete bomb shelter. Yes, it's a significant departure from what Porsche usually does, but we don't believe that will affect its reliability or overall long-term performance. From the outside it's a beautiful thing, and its cabin is unmatched in this segment. The Taycan Turbo also offers significantly more options and customizable features than its Tesla counterpart. On the road, it's a blast to drive fast, but it's also a compliant cruiser when needed. The Tesla offers more range, but it's a trade-off we're willing to accept. After all is said and done, the fact that this amazing car has a Porsche badge on the hood seals the deal.
The Taycan Turbo delivers stellar electric performance in any guise, and we doubt that most would miss the extra power on offer in the Turbo S. For that reason, we'd save some money and go for the base model, which offers a measly maximum of 670 hp, but we'd include some options to complete the package. Firstly we would select adaptive cruise control and the night vision camera for added peace of mind and enhanced safety rating potential, and while we're at it, we'd make things a bit more comfortable by selecting the ventilated and massaging front seats. With all of these options selected, you're still going to pay less than the asking price of a 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S sedan in the USA.
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