“In the Taycan family, I would like the rear-wheel drive version”. And four, after the Taycan 4S, Turbo and Turbo S equipped with two electric motors, the Zuffenhausen firm is launching the Taycan on the automotive market, namely, a so-called entry-level version powered by a single “battery-powered” system. positioned on the rear axle. So what is this Taycan or Taycan RWD worth? The answer by discovering our test drive of the Porsche Taycan propulsion carried out in Paris and in the Reims region.
Between the Porsche Taycan and LesVoitures.com, it’s always a story of exceptional encounters. Thus, in September 2015, six before with this test of the Porsche Taycan, we were present at the Frankfurt Motor Show to discover the Mission E concept car, the first 100% electric Porsche in history (photo below).
Then, well before the first test of the Taycan Turbo S carried out in 2020, it was in Switzerland, during a press test with the star brand, that we came face to face with a “Series Mission E”. ”, This other Taycan Turbo S posing for an official Porsche photo shoot.
This time, it is therefore the Taycan “quite short” which awaited us with its “Performance Plus” battery (option) with high capacity (93.4 kWh), a battery of 79.2 kWh representing the standard offer. Power level, this gives 280 kW / 380 hp and 350 kW / 476 hp with the Overboost. With the latter and the “Performance Plus” battery, it should be remembered that the Taycan 4S, Turbo and Turbo S develop 420 kW / 571 hp, 500 kW / 680 hp and 560 kW / 761 hp respectively.
In terms of style, it is difficult, if not impossible, to differentiate this entry-level Taycan from other versions knowing that it can benefit, like the rest of the range, from a multitude of options including the “SportDesign Carbon Pack” for a more aggressive design (details by clicking here).
Note that our test Taycan does not have this option. Note, however, the presence of the “Taycan Turbo Aero 20 inches rims” and a new color “Beige Café metallic”. Now that the introductions are done, it’s time to try it out!
Sitting behind the wheel of a Taycan is always a highlight. We find most naturally in the world an ideal driving position where everything falls under the hand. Beyond this perfect ergonomics, excellent quality materials and flawless assemblies, it is a grandiose space that once again has its effect. Not without humor, one would feel almost alone because, the 100% electric Porsche has generous rear seats thanks to its wheelbase of 2.90 m. As for its cargo volume, it is just as interesting: 407 l for the trunk and 84 l under the front hood. Let’s take the road …
Departing from Paris, getting to grips with this propulsion Taycan is child’s play. We can then enjoy the beauties of the capital in the silence of a cathedral like that of Reims! No noise whatsoever then disturbs our soothing walk in the capital.
With “Normal” mode engaged, the Taycan absorbs the slightest bumps in the road, speed bumps and potholes. In “Sport” mode and, after having set the chassis as low as possible, while selecting the latter in “Sport Plus”, everything becomes more direct and incredibly efficient.
To put the Taycan to the test, Porsche France had the excellent idea of providing us with the Bosch test circuit located not far from Reims, in Juvincourt. During a first workshop, we tried to slide the car on a wet track. There was no question of beating the world drift record of Dennis Retera who completed 42 km (210 laps) in total glide with a Taycan propulsion!
PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) and ESP disconnected, one tries, not without difficulty, to make go across the some 2,200 kilos empty of the Taycan. Note that on this entry-level Taycan, active suspensions are on the options program.
Hyper healthy and responsive, the 100% electric Porsche then makes its driver feel a bluffing balance, the most delicate being, after putting the angle at the wheel and then, a good boost, to keep a good dosage on the right pedal to manage the instantaneous torque of 357 Nm while feeling, through the steering wheel, the slightest reactions of the car to maintain the glide by making tiny but ultra-fast corrections to the steering wheel! Yes, the Porsche Taycan rear-wheel drive is fun!
Other exercises were on the program of our test such as a slalom or the possibility, at high speed, of drifting the car. Admittedly, on this occasion, our everyday driver reflexes have, unfortunately, taken over. On the other hand, on a track with tight curves and on slopes, the Taycan clearly defies the laws of physics and has nothing to envy to the other versions.
The car is stuck to the ground and we do what we want with it so much it gives precise information at all levels. It is no coincidence that we have previously used the expression “child’s play”. The Taycan is an adult toy to make you love electric cars. In addition, the configuration of our test Taycan does not show the option “Rear wheels steered with Servotronic Plus”. In short, in our eyes and in our hands as automotive journalists, Porsche invented the most efficient electric car in the world.
Admittedly, when accelerating, we feel less of a sensation of “taking off” but, once again, the Taycan’s chassis allows for optimal load transfers. Once again, the expression “the German wizards” takes on its full meaning to evoke the expertise of engineers at Porsche.
The whole point of this Porsche Taycan also lies in its autonomy. You don’t have to be a physicist to understand that a single electric motor requires less energy to operate. Add to that the 800 V technology which allows unrivaled energy recovery and you will get a range of 484 km (WLTP) with the 93.4 kWh battery. In practice, during our connection on the motorway between Paris and Reims, at no time did we feel the slightest stress. During our test of the Porsche Taycan, we therefore arrived at Reims Cathedral with enough “batteries” to be able to almost make the reverse journey to Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris (consumption recorded: 23.1 kWh / 100 km). Compared to the Taycan Turbo S, it is in WLTP, 68 km additional offered by the Taycan propulsion is a round trip to the office.
We come to the performance and other figures of this high-tech machine. The Taycan achieves 0 to 100 km / h in 5.4 s and can reach 230 km / h. As for its recharging, on an Ionity terminal, the Taycan accepts 270 kW, which is enough to “fill up” (from 5% to 80%) in just over 20 minutes.
In conclusion, dare to write that Porsche has reinvented the electric car. Of course, you have to spend, at a minimum and excluding options, € 86,254 to afford this fantastic Taycan, but the German manufacturer has set the bar very high to position itself as a leader in a niche market. So, are the “Porschistes” already at the rendezvous of electricity? The answer is simple: Yes! In 2020, 20,015 Taycan were delivered worldwide. Brought back to France, this data passes 527 copies. Finally, within the Volkswagen group, the “cousin” of the Taycan will land in concession in a few days with the Audi e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT. Since we conclude this test by evoking the competition, Mercedes-Benz “will cut down its 100% electric EQS card” on April 15. 770 km of autonomy being announced on the EQS. Figures, more figures … always figures but, in terms of driving sensations and technologies for driving pleasure, it is difficult to see who can go get Porsche!
Text and essay: Frédéric Lagadec
Photos: Porsche and LesVoitures.com