So what of the Taycan’s driving impressions? Naturally, we’re entering a whole new world of the automobile here, evident from the moment you step foot inside its cabin. Its makeup is broadly similar to the latest generation of 911, albeit with an additional screen in place of a traditional gear shifter in the center console. Above it sits a larger, 10.9-inch infotainment screen, with another screen stationed directly ahead of the passenger as an optional extra. Switches and buttons have been all but wiped out in favor of screens or high-quality touch pads, and the cluster of driver dials stationed behind the wheel are now fully digitized. You can go completely leather-free, too, should sustainability be high on your agenda.
On the road, the Taycan Turbo S is quick to shun its grand tourer title as it flexes it sports car credentials, most evident in the execution of fast directional changes and instant acceleration. Traction, too, is excellent. Its on-board torque vectoring and electronic limited slip differential (LSD) systems can react around 20 times faster than even the company’s flagship 911.
Launch Control is rapid, outrageous and impressively consistent, and though the car could continue, we give up after 15 attempts. Porsche was right. Our heads in a spin, the Taycan is clearly a game changer—not just for Porsche, but for the entire spectrum of the electric sports car as we know it.