The rear-drive Taycan’s lower cost makes it much more interesting than the costlier editions, because it by no means feels something however loads fast sufficient for British roads anyway, and the gorgeous cabin high quality stays. We really feel inclined to carry off on a full five-star verdict, although, till we get an opportunity to do this mannequin in correct entry-level spec, with its lower-powered motor and traditional steel-springs suspension.
We’ve already been mightily impressed by Porsche’s first pure-electric automobile, the Taycan, in its higher-end, four-wheel-drive types. However now the mannequin is accessible as a rear-wheel-drive variant, with a much more interesting price ticket meaning this automobile begins at roughly the identical level as Porsche’s extra standard super-saloon, the Panamera.
UK clients truly purchased extra Taycans than some other Porsche in 2020, excluding the Macan SUV. So an extra broadening of the vary is important for the model, particularly as a result of the brand new price ticket, beginning at £70,000, pitches this mannequin neatly slightly below Tesla’s Model S, and proper within the mixture of I-Paces that Jaguar presently affords.
The bottom Taycan has a single electrical motor producing 322bhp, however the system can ‘overboost’ to ship 402bhp for a brief time frame. The usual battery dimension is 79.2kWh – good, Porsche claims, for a spread of 268 miles between expenses.
Our left-hand-drive take a look at automobile, although, had the elective Efficiency Battery Plus, which takes that capability as much as 92.4kWh (83.7kWh usable, delivering 300 miles of vary) and boosts the electrical motor’s two outputs to 375bhp and 469bhp. No matter whether or not this feature is fitted or not, the Taycan’s start line has the identical 0-62mph time of 5.4 seconds.
Different compromises you’ll be required to make to get your electrical Porsche all the way down to this value embrace mere 19-inch alloys, smaller brakes and metal springs as a substitute of air suspension. Somewhat frustratingly, nevertheless, our take a look at automobile had the extra refined set-up fitted as an possibility.
The fanatics amongst you’ll be hoping that the rear-drive Taycan affords a fair purer driving expertise than the four-wheel-drive variations. The distinction isn’t maybe fairly so pronounced as you’d count on, but it surely’s there however; this Taycan has a wonderful directness to its steering, permitting you to enjoy what are nonetheless colossal ranges of front-end grip.
Issue within the astonishing compromise of trip high quality and physique management, and you’ve got a automobile that revels in adjustments of route, demolishing quick, sweeping corners with wallops of immediate EV torque. Once more, we should level out that our take a look at automobile had rear-axle steering and Porsche Lively Suspension Administration (PASM) fitted as choices.
Even so, our drive passed off on sodden, greasy roads, the form of circumstances the place a change to rear-drive and immediate electric-motor torque may not sound perfect. However the throttle modulation is a technical tour de drive, by no means feeling something however immediate in its response, and but beautifully linear with it. On account of this and the automobile’s core chassis strengths, it takes excessive provocation – correctly mashing the right-hand pedal at low speeds and with a lot of steering lock utilized – to get the rear finish unstuck.
The automobile’s refined when it must be, too, with a distant whine from the electrical motor beneath laborious acceleration most likely the worst offender. The 19-inch alloys make much less street noise than the bigger objects fitted greater up the vary, and the Taycan’s capability to mop up street imperfections is undimmed right here.
Inside, the entry-level Taycan nonetheless feels brilliantly effectively executed, with superb supplies all through and many area for 5 folks. The identical primary configuration stays, with a crystal-clear digital instrument panel and a quick, responsive infotainment system.
|Worth:||£74,739 (Efficiency Battery Plus pack)|
|Engine:||Single electrical motor, 83.7kWh internet battery|
|Transmission:||Two-speed computerized, rear-wheel drive|