The Taycan Turbo S’s two electric motors — one on each axle — produce a combined 460kW of power, which briefly hikes to 560kW when launch control is engaged, along with 1,050Nm of torque.
The best part of driving an electric car is the instant and lag-free response; foot inputs translate into forward thrust like kicking a football. With no gears to shift there are also no power pauses; it’s one strong, seamless rush of energy.
Like I said, no surprises in how fast it is. In straight line g-forces the Taycan Turbo S delivers all that you expect of a Porsche supercar, and although the lack of an emotive high-revving petrol engine note is jarring, it is not totally without acoustic charm. In the background the two electric motors subtly make a high-pitched hum not unlike the whine of an aircraft jet engine, which is amplified when you select the Electric Sport Sound switch.
The Taycan’s surefooted handling came as no shock either, given the German carmaker’s reputation for making cars that go around corners swiftly. This is a large sedan — nearly as big as a Panamera — but with the batteries located in the floor to lower the centre of gravity, combined with active roll stabilisation, the Taycan scoots through turns with an impressively pressed-down nature.
The steering has the Porsche-typical alertness, and rear-axle steering helps the large 2.3 ton sedan tuck into turns with the briskness of a smaller car.
The handling composure is matched with excellent grip, and I heard nary a squeal from the 305mm wide Goodyear tyres during high-spirited driving. All-wheel drive helps keep the tyres from smoking under hard acceleration, as does torque vectoring which prevents the inside wheels from spinning when cornering.
In terms of its pace and driver appeal this zero-emission car is all Porsche, and the iconic brand has entered the electric-car age with a sizzle. The Taycan also holds the record of seven minutes and 42 second for electric production cars at Germany’s Nürburgring Nordschleife.