Porsche isn’t new to electric cars. In 1898, Ferdinand Porsche designed the Egger-Lohner C.2 Phaeton, powered by a four-horsepower electric motor and had a top speed of just 25 km/h. Fast forward to today, and we now have the Taycan.
Porsche says it’s ready for the future of the automobile, regardless of whether it’s a luxury car or corner-carving speedster. The question this begs is simple — is it possible for a heavy, luxurious, all-electric sedan to attain the levels of performance and handling demanded of a true Porsche? It does seem like a tall order, but time behind the wheel of the Taycan answers that question.
The key to the Taycan is its electrifying personality. In the case of the Turbo S, the front electric motor with a single-speed transmission fires 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque through P265/35ZR21 tires. The more substantial rear motor, which uses a two-speed transmission, pushes 449 horsepower and 405 lb.-ft. of torque through P305/30ZR21 tires. The upshot is the electric motors combine to give the Taycan all-wheel-drive, and the driver access to 616 horsepwoer and 700 lb.-ft. of torque.