Sunday, 16 August 2020

2020 Porsche Taycan Review

 

2020 Porsche Taycan

Overview

Porsche's first electric car is a sleek sports sedan that fully lives up to the brand's high-performance reputation. 

The 2020 Porsche Taycan (pronounced tie-kahn) delivers incredible acceleration, precise handling, and aggressive styling. 

There's some interesting engineering under the skin, too. 

The Taycan is the first production electric vehicle to use a two-speed transmission and an 800-volt electrical system, which allow for quicker acceleration and shorter recharge times, respectively.


2020 Porsche Taycan
 

In theory, the Taycan is the first real challenger to the Tesla Model S. In practice, the Porsche and Tesla have unique advantages that should steer buyers toward an easier decision. 

The Model S offers a much higher range rating—but, it only has a tiny advantage over a Taycan Turbo S—a more practical package, and access to a sprawling network of fast-charging stations. 

The Porsche's priority is performance above all else, with interior space as a secondary concern.


2020 Porsche Taycan


What's New for 2020?


The Porsche Taycan is all new for 2020. The Turbo and Turbo S are poised to remain the most expensive, most powerful, and best-performing Taycans. 

The 4S won't be as quick, but it's possible that it and other future versions may offer better driving range.


2020 Porsche Taycan Electric Car Takes Aim at Tesla - Consumer Reports
2020 Porsche Taycan


Pricing and Which One to Buy

  •  4S: $105,150
  •  Turbo: $152,250
  •  Turbo S: $186,350

    While buying a Porsche is often an exercise in excess, our pick is the cheaper Porsche Taycan 4S. It's plenty quick and is likely to deliver more range on a single charge than the pricier Turbo models. 

    Porsche's list of optional equipment is longer (and far pricier) than an eight-year-old's Christmas list, which makes choosing the perfect Taycan a very personal affair. 

    However, all buyers should consider the 150-kW charger that triples the maximum charging power at 400-volt DC fast-charging stations.


    2020 Porsche Taycan


    Engine, Transmission, and Performance


    The Taycan 4S, Turbo and Turbo S drive all four wheels with two electric motors. 

    The peak outputs of 522 horsepower (4S with base battery), 563 horsepower (4S with bigger battery), 670 horsepower (Turbo), and 750 (Turbo S) only last for short bursts of 2.5 seconds at a time. After that, all models reduce the output slightly to protect the drive-train from heat. 

    The shifts of the rear motor's unique two-speed transmission are almost imperceptible during regular driving. But activate launch control, and the Porsche knocks out a one-two shift that is as quick and as hard as any gas-powered sports car. 


    2020 Porsche Taycan

    The Turbo S goes to 60 mph in 2.4 seconds, making it the fastest EV-only car I've ever seen. (Behind the Lamborghini Huracán Performante and the Porsche 918 Spyder.) 

    I estimate they should do the deed in 3.0 seconds and 3.8 seconds, respectively. 

    It's normal for EVs to get slower as the battery charge depletes, but Porsche says the Taycan will be able to execute 10 back-to-back launches with consistent performance.


    2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S has less than 200 miles of range
    2020 Porsche Taycan


    Fuel Economy and Real-World MPGe


    The automotive world gasped when the Taycan's EPA range ratings were announced. Coming in at 192 miles for the Turbo S and 201 miles for the Turbo, the Taycan is light years behind the Tesla Model S, which gets ratings between 326 and 373 miles. 

    The 4S's figures should be slightly higher. However, I expect real-world performance to be much closer than the ratings suggest. 

    To make the most of that range, you'll probably want Porsche's Intelligent Range Manager, a piece of software that adjusts the climate control and max speed when the remaining battery range is barely sufficient to reach a programmed destination. 


    2020 Porsche Taycan

    The Porsche Taycan is the first electric vehicle to be built on an 800-volt electrical architecture. This design allows Porsche to offer more powerful 270-kilowatt charging that can recharge the battery from five to 80 percent in 22.5 minutes. 

    That said, 800-volt DC fast chargers are rare; only a handful currently exist. More common 400-volt DC fast-charging is limited to 50 kilowatts of power, unless you opt for the 150-kilowatt charger. 

    With low range figures come low efficiency numbers, and, although the electric four-door is more energy efficient than any gas Porsche, among EVs its 69 MPGe for the Turbo and 68 MPGe for the Turbo S lag far behind those of the leaders.


    2020 Porsche Taycan


    Interior, Comfort, and Cargo


    Given the Taycan's low and sleek roof-line, the interior proves surprisingly spacious. The Porsche doesn't feel nearly as cavernous as that of a Tesla Model S, but a six-footer can fit comfortably in both the front and rear seats. 

    A four-seat configuration is standard, while a third center-rear seat (offering a total of five seats) is optional. 

    Tellingly, Porsche calls this configuration a 2+1 arrangement, because that center rear seat is only for short people doing short stints. 

    The Taycan's cargo space measures 17 cubic feet, which is divided between the trunk and a small front compartment that accommodates a single carry-on-size bag.


    2020 Porsche Taycan Interior | Design and Features | Porsche South Bay
    2020 Porsche Taycan


    2020 Porsche Taycan

    2020 Porsche Taycan

    2020 Porsche Taycan

    Infotainment and Connectivity


    The Taycan comes standard with SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Unfortunately, Porsche does not support Android Auto integration. 

    The standard three-screen cockpit includes a curved-glass instrument panel, a main infotainment touchscreen, and a secondary touchscreen that controls climate functions and doubles as a laptop-like touch-pad as a redundant means of manipulating the upper primary screen. 

    If that's not enough screen for you, the optional passenger display adds a fourth pane of glass in the dash on the right side of the car. We'd skip it, though, as it's essentially a stripped-down version of the center screen with even less functionality.


    2020 Porsche Taycan


    Safety and Driver-Assistance Features


    The Taycan is equipped with myriad driver-assistance technologies. Porsche's à la carte options include additional convenience and safety features such as adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, and blind-spot monitoring. 

    Key safety features include:

    •  Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
    •  Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assistance
    •  Available blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert

    • 2020 Porsche Taycan

      Warranty and Maintenance Coverage


      Porsche's warranty coverage is par for the luxury class and among electric vehicles. The Taycan's optional 93.4-kWh battery is guaranteed to retain at least 70 percent of its capacity for eight years or 100,000 miles. 

      While several automakers offer the same guarantee, none offers a better high-voltage battery warranty.

      •  Limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
      • Electrical components covered for 8 years or 100,000 miles
      •  No complimentary scheduled maintenance.

      • 2020 Porsche Taycan





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