After what seems like a painfully long wait, Porsche's new electric sports sedan is finally here. The Taycan ("tie-kahn") is the official name of the production car based on the original Mission E concept car. The numbers are impressive, but it can't quite seem to match the performance or range of the Tesla Model S. It does exceed the Model S in terms of charging speed but also, unfortunately, price, too. In fact, you can buy two Model Ss for the price of a single Taycan Turbo. Oops.
That could be a problem, or not. We're not sure if Porsche is trying to compete with the Model S or just aim higher in terms of handling, luxury, technology, and overall drivability. The Model S Performance gets 0-60 in 2.4 seconds, while the top trim Taycan Turbo S does it in 2.6 seconds. While that's still crazy fast, it's a bit embarrassing for Porsche.
In terms of tech, the Taycan gets two electric motors, a single speed gear set for the front wheels, and a two-speed transmission for the rear that shifts at 62 mph. Both trims make 616 horsepower with the Turbo putting down 626 lb-ft of torque while the Turbo S delivers 774 lb-ft. The Turbo can extract 670 horses in overboost mode, while the Turbo S's output is 750 with overboost.
The range for both trims is 280 miles via a lithium-ion battery pack that’s floor mounted, and the top speed is 162 mph. For comparison's sake, the Tesla Model S Performance gets 345 miles of range and tops out a 163 mph. On the upside, the Taycan gets an 800-volt charging system that can charge from 5 percent to 80 percent in 22.5 minutes. The Model S on a supercharger will charge to 80% in about 30 minutes.
The Taycan’s interior does a great job of staying true to Porsche design, but it's far more futuristic. There are four color digital displays, even one for the front passenger, electronically-controlled air vents and an available leather-free interior for those who are trying to be really green. Everything about the cabin looks premium, and it's far less spartan than Tesla's interiors. We guess they're making up for screen size with screen quantity.
The price might be tough for some to stomach, but it's not exactly surprising for a premium-level Porsche. At launch, the Taycan Turbo will cost $153,510, but the price will later level off to $150,900. The Turbo S will sell for $187,610 at launch but then drop to $185,000. Both vehicles will go on sale later this year as 2020 models.