Future classic: Porsche Taycan Turbo

| 8 Jun 2021
Classic & Sports Car – Future classic: Porsche Taycan Turbo

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You’d better start readying the tar and feathers, because it’s another electric car – a subject guaranteed to spark rage among dedicated petrolheads.

But to refuse to embrace them is to accept that the future will not produce any classics at all, and that would be a sad lookout indeed.

And anyway, right now I’m deaf to any criticism. I’m still coming down from my previous high and already seeking another open stretch of road for my next fix, when I can level the throttle and sense the world rearranging itself once again.

Classic & Sports Car – Future classic: Porsche Taycan Turbo

From the whiplash-inducing standing start, acceleration is the Porsche Taycan Turbo’s party piece.

Rest to 60mph takes a shade over 3 secs, to 100mph less than seven, its 2305kg heft flung forward like a pinball by the twin electric motors’ combined 627lb ft of instant torque.

But that’s not the most impressive bit: in the mid-range it’s breathtaking.

Try to imagine 80-120kph (49-74mph) in 1.9 secs and you can’t; it has to be experienced to be believed.

Classic & Sports Car – Future classic: Porsche Taycan Turbo

This isn’t even the fastest one – there’s a turbo S with another 80bhp should you need an even bigger high.

And those who suffer from range anxiety can rest easy: a full charge should be good for around 250 miles.

All of this is achieved accompanied by only a faint whistle and the sound of the wind and road rushing past at an ever-increasing rate.

There are no paddles, no gearlever, just a switch on the dash to select forward or reverse and pedals for go and stop.

As a result it lacks a bit of theatre – which is not made up for by the rather odd ‘Electric Sport Sound’ – but certainly not ability.

Classic & Sports Car – Future classic: Porsche Taycan Turbo
Classic & Sports Car – Future classic: Porsche Taycan Turbo
Classic & Sports Car – Future classic: Porsche Taycan Turbo
Classic & Sports Car – Future classic: Porsche Taycan Turbo

The double-wishbone front, multi-link rear adaptive air suspension all but eliminates roll, making the Taycan feel small and nimble; only as you trundle back into town do you realise it’s actually quite substantial.

The ride is firm but beautifully damped and the steering, though lacking feel, is a delight to interact with.

In fact, the whole interior is a delight. With every surface that isn’t a touchscreen wrapped in leather it looks –and smells – expensive, with a brilliantly low-set and supportive driving position.

The sculpted individual rear chairs are similarly inviting, and this is a proper four-seater – yet one that avoids the bulky look of the Panamera.

It’s beautiful for a four-door, with its low, lithe shape and double-bubble roof.

Classic & Sports Car – Future classic: Porsche Taycan Turbo

From the outline to the dashboard to the sensation of sitting behind the wheel, hints of the 911 abound.

Yet where that car is a paragon of driver involvement, like most electric cars the Taycan is slightly standoffish.

It’s a spectacular technical achievement, but still a bit, well, virtual reality.

But that’s what the kids are into, and classics are invariably born of what we loved in our youth. Perhaps I’m just getting old…

Images: John Bradshaw


Factfile

  • Engine electric motors on each axle; 616bhp (671bhp overboost); 627lb ft
  • Transmission single-speed front, two-speed rear automatics, 4WD
  • 0-62mph 3.2 secs
  • Top speed 161mph
  • Consumption 26.7-23.0kWh/100km
  • Price £115,858

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