Which Taycan should I buy?
There are three different Porsche Taycan models – the Taycan saloon, Taycan Cross Turismo and Taycan Sport Turismo – with plenty of choice to suit your individual needs. As the first all-electric Porsche, when the Taycan saloon was launched it signalled the beginning of a new era. It features acceleration that you’d associate with the very quickest of sportscars, continuously available power and, with its striking proportions, an instantly recognisable design that has unmistakable Porsche DNA. And in the form of the Taycan Turbo S you have, quite simply, one of the fastest Porsche production cars ever made, with all the added benefits of a fully electric vehicle.
The Taycan Cross Turismo features the strengths of the Taycan saloon, like superior performance and long range, but with more headroom for rear seat passengers and a maximum luggage compartment capacity of more than 1,200 litres behind its large tailgate. It’s a true all-rounder, one that comes with all-wheel drive as standard and air suspension that’s height adjustable. Its off-road design elements include wheel arch trims, lower aprons at the front and rear as well as side sills.
It even includes an innovation called Smartlift, which with the press of a button allows drivers to automatically set a ride height in locations where a raised floor is helpful – like garage entrances – to help prevent damage to its underside. The Taycan Cross Turismo also has a driving programme called Gravel mode which is designed to make journeys on light off-road terrain, like gravelly or muddy tracks, easier to negotiate. It does this with increased traction and changes to the car’s throttle characteristics to better suit these conditions.
The third Taycan model is the Taycan Sport Turismo. Aimed at people who want to combine the everyday usability of the Taycan Cross Turismo with the on-road dynamics of the Taycan saloon, it’s an athletic and practical all-rounder. Visually, it shares the sporty silhouette, rearward-sloping roof line and functional design of the Taycan Cross Turismo and its practicality. Headroom in the rear, for example, is more than 45mm higher than that of the Taycan saloon, while there’s an added 9mm of height for drivers. The large tailgate means that the luggage compartment can be accessed with ease. Like the Taycan Cross Turismo, the Taycan Sport Turismo comes with four seats as standard, but there is the option for a fifth for further practicality.
How fast is the Porsche Taycan?
Whether it’s the Taycan saloon or the Cross Turismo and Sport Turismo models, the all-electric motors in the Porsche Taycan range deliver the kind of exciting performance that you’d expect from a genuine sportscar. The Taycan saloon with the Performance battery has a top speed of 230km/h and can hit 100km/h from standstill in just 5.4 seconds. Other models can lay claim to even more impressive figures. Using the overboost power you get with Launch Control, the Taycan Turbo S and Taycan Turbo S Sport Turismo both reach the 100km/h mark from a standing start in just 2.8 seconds.
How big is a Porsche Taycan?
The three different Porsche Taycan models have differing dimensions. The smallest is the Taycan saloon is 4963mm long, 1966mm wide and is 1379 mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 2900mm. The largest is the Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo, which is 4974mm long, 1967mm wide and is 1412mm in height, with a wheelbase of 2904mm. All the models in the Taycan range share an ability to fit in standard car parking spaces.
How do you charge a Porsche Taycan?
The Taycan has two charge ports, which are located behind port doors, one on either side of the front section of the body. Both sides support AC charging, while faster DC (direct current) charging is also possible using the port on the right side of the vehicle (depending on your region). You can charge the Taycan at home with up to 11kW AC charging as standard, and up to 22kW with an optional charger, which cuts the charging time down by around about half. When you have access to the faster-charging 400-volt charging stations, the Taycan has an on-board DC charger with 50kW or 150kW installed as standard (depending on the country).
On the road, Taycan drivers have the advantage of the car’s sophisticated temperature management strategy for the battery. When using a DC charger, the charging process speeds up significantly. It allows the battery to provide a range of up to 100km (according to WLTP) after charging for just five minutes approximately.
When was the Porsche Taycan launched?
The Porsche Taycan saloon models were the first to be launched in 2019. The Taycan Cross Turismo and Taycan Sport Turismo models were launched in 2021.
What is the range of the Porsche Taycan?
The range of the Porsche Taycan is dependent on the model. For example, the Porsche Taycan saloon with the single-deck Performance battery has a maximum range of up to 444km in accordance with WLTP and up to 505km for a model with the two-deck Performance battery Plus. In the form of the Taycan 4S Cross Turismo there’s a maximum range WLTP of 490km in accordance with WLTP. The Taycan 4S Sport Turismo with Performance battery Plus, for instance, can boast a range of up to 497km based on WLTP figures. The range of all Taycan vehicles benefit from the high efficiency of the innovative drive motors installed in them making them capable for most journeys taken by drivers on just a single charge.
How do you use Launch Control in the Porsche Taycan?
The Taycan isn’t the first Porsche to benefit from Launch Control, but it certainly makes the utmost of the near instantaneous power available to you in this all-electric sportscar. Launch Control enables maximum acceleration from standstill and is available across all Taycan models. How does it work? In simple terms it uses an overboost function, which is deployed for 2.5 seconds, that delivers extra power to the electric motors of the Taycan. To give you an indication of how much, in the Taycan Turbo S, a power output of 761PS is available during Launch Control instead of the normal peak output of 625PS.
And how do you use Launch Control in the Taycan? You begin by putting the car in Drive and then switching to Sport or Sport + mode. Next, by engaging the brake pedal fully with your left foot and at the same time pressing the accelerator pedal fully with your right foot, you will see a message on the driver display in front of you informing you that Launch Control is engaged. Then it’s simply a case of taking your foot off of the brake and the car will accelerate immediately.
How do you pronounce Porsche Taycan?
Is it “Tay-can”? Or “Tie-can”? What about “Tie-con”? Handily, there’s a video you can watch which tells you how to pronounce Taycan properly.
What does Taycan mean?
What’s in a name? Well, quite a lot when it comes to what does Taycan mean – just like other Porsche car names. The Panamera, famously, was named after the legendary Mexican road race of the 1950s, the Carrera Panamericana. The Boxster got its name from combining its roadster design with its boxer engine.
The Taycan follows the latter’s portmanteau construction, but springs from a rather less prosaic source. ‘Tay’ is Turkish for ‘colt’, or ‘spirited young horse’ (a horse is prominent on the crest of both Stuttgart and Porsche), while ‘can’ is the Turkish for ‘life’ or ‘soul’. So Taycan means ‘soul of a spirited young horse’ – an apt summary of the lively, unique nature of the car itself. Over 600 names were initially considered but it's difficult now to imagine the Taycan called anything else.