Porsche Taycan electric motor, drive & performance

The Porsche Taycan is extraordinarily fast in a straight line, with sports-car handling making it fun in corners, too

0-62mph Top speed Driven wheels Power
2.8-4.0s 161mph Four 523-751bhp

Both the Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S feature two electric motors, with one on each axle for four-wheel drive. Unusually for an electric car, the rear motor uses a two-speed transmission (most make do with a single ‘gear’) in order to offer the best combination of performance from a standstill and efficiency at motorway speeds. A less powerful Taycan 4S with a single electric motor is set to follow at a later stage.

Porsche Taycan 0-62mph, top speed and acceleration

With a maximum of 671bhp, the mid-range Porsche Taycan Turbo will hit 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds on its way to a top speed of 161mph.

The top-spec Porsche Taycan Turbo S has the same electronically limited top speed, but with up to 751bhp at its disposal, it'll see off 0-62mph in just 2.8 seconds. Acceleration from 0-124mph takes 9.8 seconds, which is up there with the fastest cars on sale bar none.

The acceleration is nothing short of savage, and much like the Tesla Model S, the near-silence of the electric motors at full power makes the speed all the more thrilling. Better still is that Porsche has set the motors up for ‘repeatability’: this means the Taycan should be able to accelerate at its full potential several times in succession without losing performance.

Handling

The Taycan weighs in excess of two tonnes, but you’d never guess at the car’s true mass based on how it drives: it’s agile and responsive in corners, making it fun and rewarding.

On 21-inch wheels and benefiting from Porsche’s air suspension, the Taycan’s ride quality was very good on our Swedish test route. However, these roads were completely smooth throughout and not representative of what you’re likely to come across in the UK. So we’re reserving final judgement until we’ve driven the Taycan on these shores, but we suspect it'll be good.