Porsche essentially took over the internet today, with its release of the all-new Taycan. For the uninitiated, the Porsche Taycan is the brand’s first all-electric car and it’s going to be its flagship EV. Not only that but it’s likely to be the benchmark EV in the segment, as its performance, styling and handling dynamics will almost certainly be best in the industry. Which makes us very excited about the upcoming Audi e-tron GT.
Both the Porsche Taycan (pronounced tie-kahn) and Audi e-tron GT are built on the same chassis and will use a lot of the same tech. We don’t know if the two will share the exact same electric powertrain but they’re likely to be similar. We do suspect that the VW Group will keep the Taycan more powerful than the e-tron GT though, for branding hierarchy.
So what’s this Porsche Taycan all about? It’s a new four-door electric performance sedan built on a bespoke EV chassis, dubbed J1. At launch, only two models will be available; the Porsche Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S. Yes, the names are stupid because the Taycan obviously doesn’t have any turbochargers, being electric. But we get it, Porsche is keeping its well-known naming structure intact. So the Turbo and Turbo S models, much like its gasoline-powered cars, will be the top-of-the-line performance models.
The “standard” Porsche Taycan Turbo will use two electric motors, one at each axle, to make a whopping 670 hp and 626 lb-ft of torque. While the Taycan Turbo S will make simply astonishing 750 hp and 774 lb-ft of torque. So, as you can tell, either model will be crazy fast. The Turbo S will be able to hit 60 mph in claimed 2.6 seconds, which could end up being even faster in reality, as Germans always underrate their performance figures.
It must be said, though, that those peak power figures will only be available for 2.5 seconds, serving as a bit of an overboost function. After that, peak power for both models drops to 616 hp, which still is more than the Audi RS6 Avant, but that only lasts for another 10 seconds before power starts to taper off further. Though, after 12.5 seconds of maximum acceleration, you’ll be going so fast it won’t matter anymore.
During a recent test, the Porsche Taycan Turbo S was capable of doing 0-90-0 mph in 10.7 seconds. So if you remove the heavy braking section of that 10.7 seconds and instead keep accelerating, you’ll be well over 120 mph before power starts to taper off. Whoa. Porsche claims a top speed of 162 mph.
For those used to the Tesla Model S P100D, and its famous Ludicrous Mode, those performance figures aren’t anything new. But there’s a good possibility that the Taycan has the Tesla licked at high-speed, in terms of both top speed and efficiency. That’s because the Porsche Taycan has a two-speed transmission, rather than the single-speed unit used in Teslas and virtually every other EV. That second speed should allow the Taycan to cruise at high speed better than most EVs, giving it a higher top speed without having to rev its electric motor as fast.
All in, the Porsche Taycan seems incredibly impressive and could be the benchmark EV when it finally hits the road. What we’re curious about now is the Audi e-tron GT, which is a mechanical sibling to the Taycan. Will it have similar power and performance figures? Will it handle as well or be as exciting? We don’t know but we’ll find out soon enough, as it should debut before the year is done.