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Four years after presenting the Mission E concept and announcing the development of its first electric sports car, Porsche unveiled the production version on three separate continents at the same time. Long, wide, low and racy, the Taycan is almost identical to the early designs and fulfills all the promises made at the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show. In some cases, it even surpasses expectations. Seeing it in person makes you realize how the Porsche Taycan looks a lot like a cross between the Panamera and 911, with the elongated profile of the former and the clean nose and tail of the latter. Driving dynamics are similar to the sedan, while performance is worthy of the legendary 911. It’s 55 millimeters lower and 236 millimeters shorter than the Panamera, yet 28 millimeters wider (with wider tracks, too) and the wheelbase is 199 millimeters shorter. It’s no surprise that Porsche is selling it as a sports car above all else.
The sport plus seats up front are nicely sculpted and the driving position is excellent, with a solid dead pedal and three groups of settings that you can have the car memorize. The sport steering wheel is nearly identical to that of the 918 Spyder, with a big rotary dial on the right to select your favorite drive mode. It also has classic paddle shifters and some very useful buttons and controls. Speaking of which, the only switch-gear you’ll find on the dashboard and center console is the tiny gear selector. There are four digital displays instead, three of which are touch-sensitive. Overall layout is clean and user-friendly with conveniently positioned haptic controls.
It doesn’t take long to realize how solid and poised the new 2020 Porsche Taycan is on the road. Ride quality is impeccable and body movements are superbly kept in check by the air spring suspension with variable damping. Handling is enhanced by the available four-wheel steering system and quicker steering ratio. The cars proved amazingly nimble given their weight of over two metric tons. That’s because the 93.4-kWh battery is mounted under the cabin, effectively lowering the center of gravity. If you want to push the Taycan to the limit, you’ll have to do it on a track.
2020 Porsche Taycan is writing a new chapter in the history of the automobile, much like Ferdinand Porsche’s original electric vehicle that used four in-wheel motors over a century ago. The electrification at Porsche has only just begun and we’re sure the next act will be exciting, as well.
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