Porsche’s Mistake With The Taycan

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To start off, I would just like to point out that I am not the biggest fan of electric cars. I don’t think they’re very fun to drive compared to gas powered cars and I think they take away the passion from driving. That said, I am a huge fan of Porsche, and given that, I certainly want them to succeed in all that they do. This would include the Porsche Taycan. For what it is, I think the Porsche Taycan is a phenomenal car, bringing top quality tech, craftsmanship, and performance to the electric car world. So let’s just say that if I was to buy an electric car, I’d prefer it to be a Porsche.

Now, recently, the EPA came out with official range estimates for the Porsche Taycan Turbo and Turbo S and they have not been kind to put it lightly. According to their testing, the Porsche Taycan Turbo has an estimated range of 201 miles averaging 69 MPGe (an electric car’s equivalent of miles per gallon) while the faster Turbo S has an even smaller 192 mile range and 68 MPGe. This makes the Taycan Turbo S the least efficient electric car on sale, period. As much as I would love to have a justification for this or a reason to defend Porsche, I don’t. The numbers just aren’t there.

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If you were to dig further, it would only get worse for Porsche. Not only does the Tesla Model S Long Range (the Taycan’s biggest competitor) have nearly DOUBLE the range of the Taycan Turbo S (373 miles vs 192 miles) but it also has more range “per pound,” let me explain. The Porsche Taycan Turbo weighs about 5,132 lbs and gets about 201 miles of range whereas a Tesla Model S Long Range weighs just 4,883 lbs and has a range of 373 miles. If you were to do the math, the Porsche would need to have an additional 1,189 lbs of battery to have the same range as the Model S Long Range. All of this basically means, that improving on the Taycan’s range is going to be really hard because of the fact that it’s so heavy and inefficient to begin with.

Along with its weight, the Taycan is also inefficient because of its battery capacity. More specifically, the way it’s used. And this is important because it really highlights a key difference in the design philosophies of Porsche and Tesla. For those that don’t know, the Tesla Model S uses a 100 kWh battery with no limit on charging capacity. Customers can charge their Model S to their hearts’ content. Now this presents a problem because if a battery is constantly charged to 100%, it will degrade much faster hence why Tesla only recommends charging above 90% for road trips. The Taycan on the other hand uses a 93.4 kWh battery but only allows you to use 83.7 kWh, essentially restricting 12% of the battery (note that this is also a big reason for its abysmal range). This makes it so that not only does your battery last longer, but it takes much longer for battery degradation to impact your range. Basically, more than 12% of your battery would have to be gone in order for you to notice a range penalty in the Taycan whereas you would instantly notice it in the Tesla. The difference in philosophy is that Porsche is more focused on consistency and driving feel rather than outright range and numbers.

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Porsche’s emphasis on consistency is shown even more with its regeneration system for the battery. In a Taycan, the brake pedal controls the regenerative braking whereas in a Tesla, the throttle controls it. By allowing for the brake pedal to control regeneration, you gain a more consistent, braking feel at the cost of efficiency. Sure the Tesla’s system can recover more energy, but that means that the car will brake differently at different temperatures and battery levels.

In the end, I think this mistake goes to show that Porsche is just too focused on the driving experience when it comes to the Taycan. They sacrificed so much efficiency for the sake of the driving experience for people who probably wouldn’t notice the difference. let’s be honest, if you wanted an engaging driving experience, you would get a 911. So in the end, the Taycan may be more fun to drive, but in terms of raw numbers, I’m sad to say that Tesla may have made the better car.

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A special thanks to Engineering Explained for providing the inspiration for this article. Click on this paragraph to watch his full video on this topic. He can explain it much more in depth than I can.

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The Porsche Taycan 4S: Porsche’s “Entry Level” Taycan Has Arrived

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When it comes to revealing new cars or new models, the traditional way was to reveal the lower trims first, and then work your way up. Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, Porsche, and even Honda have adopted this standard. But since the Porsche Taycan is anything but the current precedent, I guess Porsche figured that they should unveil its different trims the complete opposite of how it’s been done for years. Case-in-point, they just unveiled the brand new Taycan 4S, one of their “entry level” Taycans.

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First and foremost, the naming makes sense this time, unlike the more expensive Taycan Turbo. Taycan is the name of the model, the 4 means 4 wheel drive (which it has) and the S meaning that this is the “Sport” version, indicating that there is still more to come. The pricing of the new Taycan 4S also makes sense; it starts at a relatively affordable $103,800. This price however, means nothing since with all the options selected, the Taycan 4S will run you close to $200,000. Even with no options, our entry level Taycan is still miles more expensive than the Tesla Model S, but then again, you get what you pay for.

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Despite the Taycan 4S being the “entry level” model thus far, it is by no means a slouch. With the standard performance battery equipped, the Taycan 4S can make up to 522 hp and sprint to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. Keep in mind the 911 GT3 with its 500 hp, 9,000 rpm screaming flat 6 makes just 500 hp and sprints to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds with a manual transmission equipped. If you were to opt for the performance battery though, power would jump to 562 hp and the 0-60 time would drop to 3.6 seconds, not bad for the entry level car.

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Now a big problem with the more expensive Taycan Turbo and Turbo S models was the range. The Taycan was built to be a road car, not a racecar thus, the car’s range would be a significant figure. Unfortunately, the Turbo and Turbo S lacked dominance when it came to range. The Taycan 4S’ 288 mile range trumps the 256 mile range of the Turbo and the 280 mile range of the Turbo S. Keep in mind though that these numbers are using the WLTP standard. The EPA has yet to release official range figures. None the less, the Taycan 4S has the range Porsche has been promising.

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Aside from these, a slightly smaller drivetrain, different wheels, and a little less leather, there really isn’t much to separate the Taycan 4S from its more powerful siblings. This begs the question, is an extra 200 hp on your daily driver worth paying $90,000 more for the Turbo S? If it were up to me, I’d take the 4S and save the $90,000 for a used GT3, but to each their own. You really won’t be disappointed either way.

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The Porsche Taycan: A Future to Believe In

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On July 1, 2003, a man named Elon Musk started a revolution; he started Tesla Motors. Tesla Motors was created with the objective of making the electric car a viable, affordable, and reliable method of transportation. Much like Nicola Tesla revolutionized electricity, Musk wanted Tesla Motors to revolutionize the car industry. But as with any startup, progress was slow to say the least. When they finally unveiled their first car, the Tesla Roadster, in 2011, it was pretty cool, but not very significant. Then, about a year or so later, the Tesla Model S emerged and the rest is history. The Model S made such an impact in fact, that car companies big and small began to take notice. Porsche was one of those companies.

The Porsche Taycan started life as a stunning concept revealed in 2015 called the Mission E (aka the Tesla killer). The Mission E was a HUGE leap forward in terms of technology. The concept was powered by an 800 Volt battery, promised over 600 hp, and a Tesla crushing 310 mile range. The world was shocked, and eager for more. Well fast forward to about 4 days ago and Porsche unveiled the Mission E production car to the world under the name, Taycan.

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After months of spy shots and speculation, the Taycan is here, in the flesh, and ready to take down the Model S. At launch, Porsche revealed the range topping Taycan Turbo and Turbo S models (your guess is as good as mine as to why they named it Turbo); they look very promising to say the least.

The Pros

First off, I personally think the car’s beautiful. Sure it doesn’t have the Mission E Concept’s gorgeous lines and sleek, wide body, but it’s still a good looking car. The lines are clean, the accents are there; it’s the subtle beauty we’ve come to expect from a Porsche.

The interior is classy, clean, and comfortable as well except for the fact that there is a “leather free” interior option which is kind of ridiculous for a car that can be well over $200,000.

The performance however, is what makes the Taycan a real Porsche. The “base” Taycan Turbo utilizes a 93 kW/hr, 800 Volt battery setup that produces a P100D like 670 hp and 626 lb/ft of torque on overboost while the range topping Turbo S produces 750 hp and 774 lb/ft of torque. Keep in mind here that the fastest 911 makes 690 hp. 60 mph in the Turbo comes in just 3 seconds and a hypercar like 2.6 seconds in the Turbo S as expected. Don’t let the batteries fool you, the Taycan is a true Porsche in terms of handling as well. The Turbo S also holds the Nurburgring lap record for the fastest 4 door electric car at 7 minutes 42 seconds; Tesla has made no such attempt.

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The Cons

The range on the Taycan however, is a lot less promising. The EPA hasn’t released an official statement about the Turbo and Turbo S’ range, but recent testing in New York has shown that the two cars will likely have a range less than the 345 miles you get in a Tesla Model S.

Pricing is also not a strong point with the “base” Taycan Turbo already costing over $50,000 dollars more than the Tesla Model S P100D. The Turbo S is even more expensive than the $150,900 Turbo coming in at a whopping $185,000 before options.

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The Verdict

In creating the Taycan, Porsche set its sights on the Model S. I think it’s safe to say that Porsche have in fact achieved their goals. Porsche also introduced the concept of high end luxury to the electric car market, hence the high prices of the Turbo and Turbo S. Now the Taycan may not be the most affordable or longest range electric car yet (a base model and possibly a long range model are soon to arrive), but it’s the enthusiast’s electric car. An electric car that’s fun to drive and blisteringly fast as any Porsche should be. And for that, say well done.

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