What the critics say
The 2020 Porsche Taycan
“It’s the most expensive EV on the market. It’s also the best.” Porsche’s first crack at a plug-in electric car turns out to be a stylish, sexy sport sedan that rockets effortlessly to 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds and handles with masterful grace. From the dual motors to the brakes, “everything about the Taycan has been honed to performance perfection.” You can push it to its 162 mph limit, and “this floating ghost of a car” won’t even break a sweat. That may be its sole flaw.
Let’s talk about range as well. The Taycan (rhymes with “icon”) can travel about 230 miles on a single charge. “That’s not impressive,” especially compared with the 370 miles you’d get in an $80,000 Tesla Model S. But the Porsche, unlike any Tesla, doesn’t have to be fully charged to deliver peak acceleration. “You can hammer on the car with launch after launch and never see performance fall off.”
Even if you prefer the Tesla for its pricing and range, “the new Porsche super sedan is another reason to get excited about the world of EVs.” During our test drive, people cheered from roadsides and waved from overpasses. “It felt like the world was watching.” ■