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You don’t need a Prius to go green

Quick Notes

– Incredible acceleration

– Gorgeous looks

– Impressive battery range

Imagine burning rubber down a highway, knowing that you’re not damaging the environment. That’s what the Porsche Taycan has to offer.

This rival to the Tesla Model S is rolling out, and we’re very excited about it. The car promises intense acceleration, ridiculous top speeds, long battery life, and gorgeous looks. If you were ever put off buying an electric car before, it might be time to change your mind.

Clean, mean, lean, and one heck of a machine, the Porsche Taycan is my most anticipated car, and here’s why it should be yours too.

Engine, speed, and power

This is what everyone cares about with a new supercar. Let’s get right into it.

The standard Taycan offers blistering acceleration from its 616 bhp motors. From a standing start, the car will hit 60 in 3.2 seconds, running a top speed of 155 mph.

The Taycan Turbo S ramps up the horsepower, with its motors hitting a peak of 750 bhp and 744 lb-ft of torque. The 0-60 time? Just 2.8 seconds.

“Fast charging facilities can charge a Taycan up by 75 percent in just 22 minutes.”

While the Tesla Roadster may shave 0.4 seconds off this time in ludicrous mode, Porsche is confident that they can match their rival’s speed. According to reports, the Porsche engineer had to take a break from testing the car, as the G-forces were making him ill. If that’s not an endorsement of the Taycan’s power, I don’t know what is.

There’s a budget offering too, the Taycan 4S. This model lets you hit 60 mph in four seconds accurately, which is very respectable.

It’s not easy being green

Making an electric supercar is inherently problematic. Batteries weigh a lot, and an electric motor with a full complement of batteries will be far heavier than its gasoline-powered rivals. The Taycan is no exception, weighing in at just over two tonnes.

Thankfully, with sound engineering, this isn’t a problem.

The Taycan’s weight distribution is 49:51, front to back. That’s pretty much perfect. Air suspension keeps the car down at speed, increasing aerodynamics, while dynamic chassis control prevents body roll.

“Inside, there’s a zen balance of tech and simplicity.”

If you’ve ever been put off buying an electric car because of range worries, then fear not, the Taycan has you covered. This car’s 90kWh batteries give a range of 281 miles on the base Turbo, and 261 miles on the Taycan Turbo S. Fast charging facilities can charge a Taycan up by 75 percent in just 22 minutes.

This is starting to look like a real alternative to gasoline-driven supercars.

Styling, interior, and price

One of the things I like most about the Taycan is how much it looks like a supercar. In the same way the old Lambos, like the Diablo and the Countach did. Its slick looks are inherently sporty, and it looks insanely futuristic.

Inside, there’s a zen balance of tech and simplicity. Don’t expect dripping luxury like you’d find in a Rolls-Royce, but it’s got a lot to offer.

The controls and instrument cluster are on a floating touchscreen display. You can find the drive selector next to the wheel, rather than where the gearstick would be.

A second touchscreen lets you control climate features while reclined, instead of leaning forward and using the main touchscreen. If you specify it in the options, your passenger can get their own touchscreen to control the infotainment system.

“How much does the Porsche Taycan cost? It’s rather eye-watering.”

The Taycan Turbo costs $154,860, with the Turbo S requiring $188,960 to be extracted from your bank balance. The cheaper 4S model will retail for $103,800.

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