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2021 Porsche Taycan: The Tesla Killer?

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Tesla, you have been officially called out, and for Porsche, there has never been a more perfect time to do it. With EV’s rapidly gaining market share in the already ultra-competitive US automobile arena, it’s only a matter of time before most automakers step into the the electrified ring. Now, Porsche has drawn blood, pushing out a direct competitor to the Tesla Model S, and now the Tesla Model S Plaid. The Germans aren’t exactly fiddling around either. This silent devil puts up some monstrous stats, and is more practical than you may imagine for an EV. The entire car revolves around the premise that it’s sportier than its rivals and is for more open, spirited driving. As different as it may be from the rest of Porsche’s lineup, and any other car for that matter, make no mistake, this is still a high performance German Engineered sports car, and it’s evident.

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What’s Under The Hood?… Oh Wait

As with most German or European vehicles, power output really tends to determine off of trim. The Taycan has four main trims, the base, 4S, Turbo, and Turbo S. The 4S is our golden model, producing around 522 horsepower with two electric motors for the two axles. An optional, larger battery pack is also available (83.7 kWh), which in turn would be able to produce up to 562 electric horses. The base however only sends power to the rear wheels, with a significant drop in power, 402 horses, and 469 with the larger battery again. The gates are unleashed with the higher trims, with the Turbo and the Turbo S producing 670 and 750 horsepower respectively. AWD also comes standard on these models as well, making launching a breeze. The dual motors also allow for superb driving on snowy, and icy conditions, making it a viable choice for city driving in northern climates.

How It Drives

The Taycan does not take performance lightly, with even the 4S model calling 60 mph in a stunning 3.4 seconds. The instant torque is… as you probably guessed, instant. The Turbo and Turbo S are the ones to have fun with, it rips out to 60 in under 2.4 seconds and handles beautifully. It’s unique 2 speed gearbox, unlike the Tesla, shifts absolutely smoothly and knows exactly when to make its changes. The brake pedal did feel a little bit sluggish, but it’s nothing to call Porsche customer service about. She did feel a little bit tight around corners, it was hard to get the right line and accelerate out of it without the fear of not being able to regain the right path. In addition, the Taycan felt a little bit wobbly at high speeds, and when making turns you did feel an abnormal amount of body flex, nothing we would advise against however.

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How It Looks

The driving experience may be unmatched, but the interior goes above and beyond. It goes further in the best way possible, it’s simple. It isn’t in your face, or too confusing to use. It doesn’t require a YouTube video to watch nor is it barebones dry and boring. It’s the perfect blend of how it’s supposed to be. The interior options list looks to be a never ending scroll of choices. You can add anything you choose, from the color of the seats, to a heated steering wheel, and the configurations are limitless.

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The rear seat room does lack significantly and this is a huge deal. For a car supposed to be built around practicality and ease of use, the Taycan doesn’t do a great job of accommodating its rear passengers. The infotainment system is very responsive and easy to use, it’s large with two screens (10.9 in & 8.4 in), but there is a huge lack of real buttons, and may be an issue in practical life. The exterior is sharp and modern, comes in futuristic colors, and you can’t miss those sharp headlights. The rear light bar plays to a dystopian future, and the sleek lines conform and stay true to the Porsche heritage. Porsche did a great job connecting the car back to it’s regular lineup, as it begins the change to electric.

The Verdict?

Porsche truly put out a great car with the Taycan, something usable in everyday life, yet still thrilling to drive. The EPA officially states the Taycan gets 68 MPGe, but compared to its biggest competitor, the Tesla, that gets around 117 MPGe, so severely lacking in that department. The 200 mile range figure doesn’t exactly help its case either, getting 402 miles in the Long Range version, which starts at around $69,000. The Model S also has more cargo space and practical features, like supercharging stations around the nation. All in all, for the money, The Taycan starts at around $90,000, but essentially anything worth getting will run you over six figures. For the right buyer, one who wants the driving experience of high end sports car, yet with the electric motor like a Tesla and mainly drives in the city, the Taycan is a great choice.

OVERALL: 6.5/10

EXTERIOR: 7/10

INTERIOR: 7/10

PERFORMANCE: 8/10

PRACTICALITY: 6/10

VALUE: 6/10

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