Porsche Taycan 2024: When Electrification Means Performance

Porsche Taycan 2024: When Electrification Means Performance

19 June 2024 BY Jean-Sébastien Poudrier
Porsche Taycan 2024

Porsche is one of the most renowned and respected automotive brands worldwide. The German manufacturer boasts an impressive pedigree in motor racing. The brand's heritage is rich and deeply rooted in tradition. Each generation is not a blank slate but rather an evolution. Thus, it's no surprise that Porsche enthusiasts were somewhat shocked to learn about the arrival of a high-performance, 100% electric sedan a few years ago.

 

Fortunately, Porsche made the right choices by focusing primarily on performance. As a result, the Taycan has built a solid reputation in its niche and is now one of the most desirable electric cars on the market. To be perfectly honest with you, it’s one of the few electric cars I have genuinely enjoyed driving. Clearly, I'm not alone in this sentiment, as the German manufacturer's all-electric sports sedan has been gaining popularity in recent years, and its range is now more extensive and diverse than ever.

 

Range and Price

 

The first thing to know about the Porsche Taycan lineup is that it's available in both a regular sedan version and a hatchback family version. The latter offers more cargo space and an interesting look. As for the sedan, the starting price is $149,722, which is far from accessible for most budgets. However, we are talking about a high-end luxury sports car here. On the other hand, the Cross Turismo version starts at $158,002. In both cases, these are just starting points since everything depends on the options book at Porsche. The price can quickly increase by tens of thousands of dollars between different possible versions and all the individual options one can select. However, if I have one piece of advice, it’s not to restrain yourself when buying a Porsche. It's the kind of car you buy for pleasure, so don’t limit yourself.

 

Category and Competition

 

Most high-end electric sedans are very fast, but the fact is they are not high-performance cars. However, the Porsche Taycan is the opposite; it is first and foremost a sports model. In my opinion, the German manufacturer's sports sedan is a true benchmark in its category.

 

Rivals: Audi e-Tron GT, BMW i7, Genesis G80, Lucid Air, Mercedes-Benz EQS, Tesla Model S

 

Design and Technology

 

When I first heard about the Porsche Taycan, I had a hard time imagining how the German manufacturer could offer a second sports sedan that didn't look too much like the Panamera while being eye-catching. In short, we can say that the brand's designers did a remarkable job with the Taycan, which is certainly one of the most beautiful sedans currently available on the market. Plus, you can enhance its style with a whole array of options and one of the most flamboyant color palettes in the industry.

 

The Taycan's interior is just sporty and luxurious enough. It integrates cutting-edge technology and high-level comfort. I particularly like the passenger screen, an option that should be found in all modern cars, in my opinion.

 

Performance

 

The 2024 Porsche Taycan offers a wide range of powertrain options, starting with the 4S version with a performance battery. This version delivers a total power of 429 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque. All this is paired with a 2-speed automatic transmission, which is quite rare for an electric car. This is another element that makes the Taycan even more special than its rivals. However, this version has a limited range of 332 kilometers on a full charge. Next up is the 4S Performance Plus version, which offers 482 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. The range is slightly higher at 378 kilometers.

 

Things start to get interesting with the GTS version, which develops 509 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque. The range is 396 kilometers. The Turbo version offers even more exhilarating performance with its 616 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque. Its range varies between 375 and 383 kilometers depending on the version. Finally, the Turbo S version sits at the top of the range with a total power of 616 horsepower and 774 lb-ft of torque. This version can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 2.8 seconds. Its range is limited to 357 kilometers.

 

Weak Points

 

The range is significantly below average, regardless of the version. The price escalates ridiculously quickly from one version to another.

 

Strong Points

 

It is undoubtedly one of the best electric sports cars on the market. Its price remains reasonable considering the performance it offers. It’s a car that certainly turns heads as it passes by.

 

Signature Element

 

The Porsche Taycan is a true benchmark in its category.

 

Final Word

 

To be perfectly honest with you, I’m not a big fan of electric cars. Nevertheless, the Taycan is one of the rare models that changes my mind, and that’s why you should consider it. Somehow, the German manufacturer has managed to give this electric sports sedan a soul.

 

Jean-Sébastien Poudrier



Tags: Audi, BMW, Genesis, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Tesla, Audi e-tron, Audi e-tron GT, BMW i7, Genesis G80, Mercedes-Benz EQS, Porsche Taycan, Tesla Model S, Porsche Taycan 2024

Author: Jean-Sébastien Poudrier

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