The idea of all-electric vehicles hitting the highway seemed like an unrealistic notion just 10 years ago. But with recent advancements in electric motors and battery power technology, they may well rule the road within the next decade. Nearly every automaker offers an all-electric vehicle or a hybrid. Porsche recently debuted its take on the trend: the Taycan.
At first glance, the Taycan may look like any other Porsche. But upon further inspection, you’ll see that this is no ordinary sedan. The auto has a futuristic appearance thanks to exterior design elements like modern aerodynamic styling, sleek headlights and a rear bumper sans tailpipe.
The Taycan comes in three trim levels: the 4S, Turbo and Turbo S. The top-of-the-line Turbo S can reach 60 mph in a staggering 2.6 seconds — enough power to keep up with even the exotic Bugatti Chiron. The outrageous accelerations and top speed of 161 mph are achievable thanks to the electric motors, which can deliver an impressive 750 horsepower.
While the switch to all-electric can seem daunting, you can rest assured that the Taycan’s drivability remains comparable to that of a gas-powered vehicle. Acceleration, braking and handling all feel as you’d expect — and are perhaps even enhanced.
The interior boasts classic Porsche design and comfort but with a futuristic twist. Dashboard buttons are nearly nonexistent as virtually everything can be controlled with touchscreens or voice commands. You can even use the 10.9-inch center display to control the air vents, which are all motorized. Plus the Taycan is available in a vegan interior, utilizing Econyl fiber made from recycled fishing nets in place of leather.
And say goodbye to the fuel-ups, oil changes and maintenance routines associated with a conventional gas engine. Ultimately, the transition to electric is inevitable, and it becomes a question of not if but when. The Porsche Taycan is one of the few vehicles that can get you there now yet will still outperform the competition for years to come.
The 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S
• Starting at $185,000
• Zero to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds
• 750 horsepower
• 774 pound-feet max torque
• 800-volt performance battery
• Top track speed of 161 mph
• Estimated driving range of 192 miles
• Four-passenger seating capacity
• Total luggage volume of 15.7 cubic feet