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Did The EPA Screw Up The Porsche Taycan's Range Rating?

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The first US owner report is in.

To say the Porsche Taycan's range rating is disappointing is bit of an understatement. While most people won't be pushing the 201 miles of range anywhere near regularly, we're still in the stage that people want to brag about numbers. That's particularly the case when it comes to premium brands demanding premium money, and the Porsche Taycan fits perfectly into that hole. That 201 mile of range is for the Turbo trim, and while it hasn't been rated yet, the first Taycan Turbo S has landed in the US and, as far as we know, it was picked up by Greg Wyler, founder, and chairman, of a satellite internet access company OneWeb.

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Wyler took to Twitter to give an account of his first day with his new Porsche in his home state of Massachusetts. His first impressions were positive on the quality of the fit and finish as well as the quietly delivered power, comparing it to Luke's land speeder in the first Star Wars movie. He calls it a "quiet monster," and the "best car I have ever driven, hands down."

More importantly, he drove his Taycan Turbo S spiritedly in cold weather. In total, he drove 117 "fun" miles in 26-degree air, using just 46% of the battery in the process. Doing the math, that's over 250 miles of total range in cold weather, which is known to affect batteries negatively.

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Of course, this is purely anecdotal and from one unsubstantiated report from a single driver over one day. However, we have no reason to doubt Wyler, or the result of his first day enjoying his Taycan. It will certainly be interesting to see how other owners fair, particularly considering we are in the winter months. While the Taycan Turbo S model hasn't been given a rating by the EPA yet, the European WLTP rating puts it at a lower score than the standard Turbo trim. No doubt, some owners and outlets will put their cars through range experiments with more precise parameters as well.

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