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Taycan Turbo Detailed Review

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The Turbo version—there’s of course delicious irony in that nomenclature—features a beefy 96-kWh battery, a 160-kW (215-hp)/221-lb-ft motor up front, and a 300-kW (402-hp)/405-lb-ft motor at the rear. In launch-control mode with your left foot on the brake and your right foot on the throttle, the whiplash effect that happens when you launch flattens your eyeballs against the back of your skull while taxing your spine to nearly its breaking point. Porsche claims that just more than three seconds elapse from takeoff to 60 mph; the zero-to-125-mph acceleration time is less than 10 seconds. Once more, this is 911 Turbo territory.
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The Taycan is a four-seater with just about enough space for two adults in the back, where the so-called “foot garages,” clever rectangular recesses in the floor, preclude the use of a rectangular monolithic battery pack but help accommodate long legs.
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The base Taycan is rear-wheel drive only, sports an 80-kWh battery, and is powered by a choice of 240-kW (322-hp) and 280-kW (375-hp) motors. A Porsche brand ambassador who must remain nameless confirmed the contents of a document obtained by this magazine that stated the entry model—due late next year—will be priced in the low $90,000s, the 4S equipped with a 96-kWh battery pack and 320-kW (429-hp) or 360-kW (483-hp) of power will be positioned in the high $90,000s, and the Turbo will start at about $140,000.
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Oof. Do these giant head/tail lamps make my head/ass look too big?
That is the only remaining camouflage on the production prototypes.
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That is the only remaining camouflage on the production prototypes.
I sure hope it's camo ... impressive otherwise! My nickname for it will be ToyCan.
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I wanted to like it from the prototype design, but the final design is not for me. But then again I am not a fan/target of the Porsches in general. I am waiting for the Audi GTR, much more my cup of tea is design. And honestly I don’t need my eyeballs squished!
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It's very Porsche and sets a new EV market segment standard. A buck sixty top end is most impressive! Good looking too, imo.

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Porsche's attract way too much attention from what I noticed.

Audi's on the other hand don't for some reason unless its an R8 V10. For that reason I have been an Audi guy.
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I hate the term Tesla Killer, but that sounds like a P-Series killer. Under 10 second to 125? That's deep into the 10's in the quarter. Maybe 9.9.

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I hate the term Tesla Killer, but that sounds like a P-Series killer. Under 10 second to 125? That's deep into the 10's in the quarter. Maybe 9.9.
If I had the cash and that type of car were for me ... I'd get that over the model S in a heartbeat. But this is the uphill battle (one of them) that Tesla will have to fight. The S is in desperate need of a refresh. No wonder the ToyCan is a step up! It's the youngster on the block.
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I hate the term Tesla Killer, but that sounds like a P-Series killer. Under 10 second to 125? That's deep into the 10's in the quarter. Maybe 9.9.
Stock Model S Ludicrous+ 1/4 mile time is 10.64/125 mph.

I'm really interested to see how this plays out. Porsche is only selling the $140K+ Turbo edition for the first year. Only 5-6% of Model S sales are the Performance version, or 2500-3000 per year. Porsche believes they have demand for at least 20K Taycan's per year and can ramp the factory to 60K.

Porsche is more of a performance brand than Tesla and has a big home country advantage over Tesla in Germany. They sell 27K 911's worldwide per year at a $113K entry price and 18K Panameras at a $86K entry price. So will they be able to sell 7x more $140K BEV sedans than Tesla in 2020? I'm a bit skeptical.

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