We’re all familiar with Porsche’s high-performance sports cars. These cars can break speed records on the track and not flinch doing it. But one of the newest vehicles introduced in the Porsche line is a bit unconventional when you compare it to their other vehicles.
The Taycan Turbo S is an all-electric vehicle built by Porsche. While an EV doesn’t scream speed, by the name alone, this particular one proves it in action. MotorTrend reviewed the Taycan and put it to the speed test. Here’s what they observed.
Technical specs of the 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S
The 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S has two electric motors. One in the front coupled with a one-speed direct transmission and the other in the rear mated with a two-speed automatic. The combined motors put out up to 750 hp along with 774 lb-ft of torque.
Working alongside the motors is a 93.4 kWh battery pack that comes with an EPA range of 192 miles. This battery comes with Porsche’s 8-year or 80,000-mile warranty and weighs a whopping 1389 lbs.
The car’s carbon-ceramic disc brakes allow for a stopping distance of 103-feet from 60 mph, according to MotorTrend’s tests. That’s impressive since the vehicle weighs approximately 5,100 lbs. The by-wire brake system has 16.5-inch discs working in the front and 16.1-inch discs in the back. They’re installed on 21-inch wheels.
How did it fare on the track?
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Who would’ve thought that an all-electric vehicle could burn some rubber on the track? Well, Porsche has done it with the 2020 Taycan Turbo S and its electric vehicle technology. Move aside Tesla Model S, there’s a higher-performing vehicle coming that will blow you out of the water.
MotorTrend tested the acceleration times of this EV performance car and proved the Porsche Taycan Turbo S holds up just as well as some of the other speedster models Porsche makes.
For a 0 to 60 run, the Taycan Turbo S clocked a 2.5-second speed when tested on MotorTrend’s track. Porsche’s official acceleration time for this sprint was 2.6 seconds. Compare that to another known Porsche high-performance vehicle, the 2018 718 Cayman, a gas-powered car, pulled the same run in 4.1 seconds.
Another jaw-dropping figure for this EV was on the quarter-mile run. Going 133 mph, the Porsche Taycan Turbo S managed a time of 10.5 seconds. MotorTrend’s sister publication, the Automobile, thought this Porsche could actually be the ‘Best sports sedan’ of the year and it certainly looks like it could be.
Overview of the 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S
The Porsche Taycan Turbo S starts off with a base price of $186,350. The four-door, four-seat sports car has a decent amount of storage space. You’ll find 2.9 cubic feet in the front trunk, and 12.9 cubic feet in the rear.
Cabin space isn’t too bad when you consider it’s a sports sedan. The sloping roof in the front lessens the space a bit for front passengers, but the rear retains ample area for tall passengers to have enough headroom.
The Taycan’s interior isn’t left wanting when it comes to luxuriousness. Porsche doesn’t go bargaining here. It installs the best 18-way power-adjustable seats, which, by the way, are standard for this model. You’ll also find the same high-quality materials we’ve come to expect with a Porsche.
While the Taycan Turbo S somewhat mimics the Tesla Model S, it’s pretty evident that Porsche designed their EV specifically for performance. They’ve proven that an all-electric vehicle can handle the same speeds, if not more, than a gas-powered sports car.