PERFORMANCE AND HANDLING
Charley – The performance just feels full on, even in ‘Normal’ mode. It has a lovely feel to the throttle, very similar to the fly-by-wire system on the Livewire where you get this instantaneous but very progressive response. And by being just rear wheel drive, the steering has a really good feel to it. It just feels tight and solid.
Bryan – This car produces 380PS in normal running, but this increases to 476PS in launch mode. If you don’t option the Performance Battery Plus, these numbers drop to 326PS and 408PS respectively. Performance is, well, not as fast as Charley’s Livewire, let’s just say that. The benchmark sprint to 60mph from rest does happen in under 5 seconds, but only just. It’s the mid-range that impresses however, with a 50-70 time of under 3 seconds.
But as I said before, the best Porsches aren’t always the fastest, and that is the case with the Taycan. By having just a singular motor at the rear, the car is closest in spirit to the 911, and that means a steering rack that remains uncorrupted by having to deal with power application as well as turning the wheels. The fluidity of the Taycan is much better experienced when just the rear wheels are being driven. It turns in a bit sharper, the wheel communicates a bit more through my hands, and you don’t feel as detached from the experience that I felt in the Turbo I drove last year. Of course, there will be some who will crave ultimate power, and for them, there are those models higher up the range. For me though, this is the pick of the bunch. It’s fast enough whilst making me feel part of the process.
Charley – I love the way the brakes work. There is regeneration, but only when you actually apply the brake pedal. Porsche has set the car up so that the accelerator is used for going, and the brake pedal for stopping. At first, under a light load, it’s the motor that is braking rather than the brake discs themselves. It’s only when you really push hard on the brakes that the caliper clamps the disc and starts the process of hauling the car up. Very clever.
Bryan – The ride comfort is really good. By losing that extra weight at the front, the suspension isn’t having to cope with too much weight, albeit this is still a car that weighs over two tonnes. But what I mean is that there is just enough ‘float’ about it, and it never feels like it will run out of travel. The lower performance also means that the limits of grip are never really explored, and the security of that chassis breeds confidence in the driver.