PORSCHE TAYCAN TURBO S

Starting MSRP R 4,077,000.00

Average Maintenance Costs R 0.00 / Year

Average Insurance Premium Value R 0.00 / Month

Average Fuel Consumption 0 L/100km

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Price
STARTING MSRP
R 4,077,000.00

FRONT BRAKES
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REAR BRAKES
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BRAKE HYDRAULICS
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ABS
NO
HANDBRAKE POSITION
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AIRBAG : DRIVER
NO
NO. OF AIRBAGS
-
AIRBAG DETAIL
-
SIDE IMPACT PROTECTION
NO
AUTO TRACTION CONTROL
NO
IMPACT TENSIONING SEATBELTS
NO
STABILITY CONTROL
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FRONT BRAKES TYPE
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REAR BRAKES TYPE
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CERAMIC BRAKES
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EBD
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EBA
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CBC
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COLLISION WARNING SYSTEM
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BLIND SPOT WARNING
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LANE CHANGE WARNING
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LANE ASSIST
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ISOFIX CHILDSEAT ATTACHMENT
-
AIRBAG SIDE FRONT
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AIRBAG SIDE REAR
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KNEEBAG
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CURTAIN BAG
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AIR CONDITIONER
NO
STEERING TYPE
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POWER STEERING
NO
STEERING COLUMN HEIGHT/RAKE ADJ
-
STEERING COLUMN REACH ADJ
-
TURNS LOCK TO LOCK
0.00
TURNING CIRCLE (METERS)
0.00
CLIMATE CONTROL
NO
ELECTRIC WINDOWS
NO
ELECTRIC WINDOW DETAIL
-
ELECTRIC WINDOW ONE-TOUCH
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SLIDING REAR WINDOW (LDV)
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TINTED SIDE WINDOWS
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CENTRAL LOCKING
NO
AUDIO SYSTEM
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RADIO
NO
TAPE
NO
CD PLAYER
NO
CD SHUTTLE
NO
MULTI-FUNCTION STEERING WHEEL
-
LEATHER DETAIL
NO
HEATED SEATS
-
ELECTRIC SEAT ADJUSTMENT
ELECTRIC SEAT ADJ DETAIL
NO
ELECTRIC SEAT MEMORY
-
CRUISE CONTROL
NO
REMOTE SIDE MIRRORS ELECTRIC
-
REMOTE SIDE MIRRORS
NO
REMOTE ELECTRIC MIRROR MEMORY
-
AUTODIP MIRRORS (DETAIL)
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REAR SCREEN DEMISTER
NO
REAR SCREEN WIPER
-
AUTO WINDSCREEN WIPERS
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SPEED SENSITIVE WINDSCREEN WIPERS
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ON BOARD COMPUTER
NO
CUPHOLDERS
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HEADRESTS : FRONT
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HEADRESTS : REAR
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PARK DISTANCE CONTROL :REAR
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HANDS-FREE PHONE
NO
CELLPHONE PREP (FIXED OR BT)
-
DESCENT CONTROL
NO
INCLINE METER
NO
ALTIMETER
NO
COMPASS
NO
COMPASS DETAIL
NO
SATELLITE NAVIGATION
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REV COUNTER
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STEERING WHEEL ELECTRIC
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STEERING WHEEL MEMORY
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ELECTRIC WINDOWS R2
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OPENING TAILGATE WINDOW
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DVD
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MP3
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ICE AUX INPUT
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IPOD INTEGRATION
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BLUETOOTH
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CAPACITY
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ENG LAYOUT
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CYLINDERS
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POWER OUTPUT
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TORQUE
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BORE/STROKE
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COMPRESSION RATIO
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VALVE GEAR
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IGNITION TYPE
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FUEL SUPPLY
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FUEL TYPE
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MANUAL/AUTOMATIC
AUTOMATIC
DUAL/CLUTCHLESS TRANSMISSION(YES/NO)
NO
NO OF GEARS
-
GEARBOX DETAIL
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DRIVE WHEELS
-
NO OF WHEELS DRIVEN
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FULLTIME 4X4
NO
LIMITED SLIP DIFF
NO
DIFF LOCK
NO
DIFF LOCK POSITION
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LOW RANGE
NO
FRONT SUSPENSION
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REAR SUSPENSION
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RIDE-HEIGHT CONTROL
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SELF LEVELLING SUSPENSION
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SLIDING/PANORAMIC ROOF DETAIL
NO
NO OF SLIDING ROOFS
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METALLIC PAINT
NO
BODY COLORED BUMPERS
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MIRROR COLOR
-
FOG LAMPS : FRONT
NO
FOG LAMPS : REAR
NO
AUTO HEADLAMPS
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XENON/ LED HEADLAMPS
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REMOTE BOOT OPENER
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REMOTE FUEL FLAP RELEASE
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HI LEVEL BRAKE LIGHT
NO
REAR SPOILER
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RIM SIZE - FRONT
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RIM SIZE - REAR
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TYRE SIZE - FRONT
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TYRE SIZE - REAR
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LENGTH
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WIDTH
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HEIGHT
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TARE (LICENSING MASS)
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GROSS LADEN MASS
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SUNROOF
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PANORAMIC ROOF
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REAR ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM
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MIRRORS ELECTRIC FOLDING
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MIRRORS ELECTRIC HEATED
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INTERIOR : AUTODIM
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EXTERIOR : AUTODIM
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HEADLIGHT HEIGHT CONTROL
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LIGHTS : DAYTIME RUNNING
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LIGHTS : CORNERING
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BRAKE HAZARD LIGHTS
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TYRE PRESSURE MONITOR
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SPARE WHEEL TYPE
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RUN FLAT TYRES
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TYRE REPAIR KIT
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DOORS
4
ACCELERATION 0-100
0.00
QUARTER MILE SPRINT
0.00
TOP SPEED FINAL
0.00
CONSUMPTION ANNUAL AVERAGE
0.00
100 TO 0 (SECS)
0.00
SEATS
-
REAR SEAT SPLIT
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WHEEL BASE
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FRONT TRACK
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REAR TRACK
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GROUND CLEARANCE
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BOOT CAPACITY (dm3) LDV=0
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TOTAL LOAD (LDV=kg,OTHER=dm3)
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TOWING CAPACITY (KG)
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FUEL CAPACITY
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ASPIRATION
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CONSUMPTION URBAN
0.00
CONSUMPTION HIGHWAY
0.00
EMISSION STANDARD
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CO2 EMISSION
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MAINT CPK
0.00
OIL CHANGE INTERVALS
SERVICE INTERVALS
WARRANTY
MAINTENANCE/SERVICE PLAN
MAINTENANCE PLAN TIME
0
MAINTENANCE DISTANCE
0
MAINTENANCE EXCLUSIONS
ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE TIME
0
WARRANTY DISTANCE
0
WARRANTY PERIOD
0

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Justin Jacobs
Porsche Taycan changes everything


On December 8, 2020

Maintenance Costs R 0.00 / Year

Insurance Premium Value R 0.00 / Month

Fuel Consumption L/100km

The electric car was supposed to be something that offered clean mobility to the masses. It was supposed to usher in the end of performance motoring, the death of the sports car. Concepts of fully electric cars from a few years ago denounced the motoring enthusiast and instead turned to the fun, hip and happening city folk. So, what went wrong because electric cars are awesome!
I blame the BMW i8 for all of this. You see, the BMW i8 made electric hybrids cool. Yes, the BMW i3 also played a part however that specific electric car looks like a typical electric car. The BMW i8, however, looks like a sports car. It’s exciting, relatable and in my personal opinion still desirable. However, the technology has moved on so much since the i8 that one struggles to keep up. You see, what we all expected to be the death of performance actually improved it.

Motoring manufacturers have used electrification to better the combustion engine in some cases but as I mentioned earlier, electrification has come a long way since the BMW i8. We now have batteries that can cover around 400km worth of range. Take the Jaguar i-Pace for example. A fully electric compact SUV that develops 294kW the moment that you step onto the accelerator pedal, it looks like any other Jaguar both in and out and it drives like a normal car. A brand such as Tesla has however been leading the charge (pun intended) when it comes to offering a fully electric range of high-performance vehicles that are actually just ‘normal’ sedans and compact SUVs.

So, what happens when the most iconic sports car manufacturer in the world decides to build a fully electric vehicle? For starters, they call it the Taycan and it’s a sort of blend between a concept car and a Panamera. While it might be slightly smaller than the Panamera the Taycan offers a whole lot of performance as one would expect. What I didn’t expect was just how easy it is to drive, something which I recently got to experience.

Porsche South Africa handed me the keys to the flagship Taycan in the range; the Turbo S. I know what you thinking about the fact that it has a ‘Turbo’ badge on the back but according to Porsche the word ‘Turbo’ means fast and the ‘S’ means that it is the fastest of the fast cars in the range.

Regardless of the name, the Taycan looks brilliant in my opinion. I really like the front design with its vents along the side, I like the four LED Day-Time Running lights in the LED headlights, I quite fancy the flared front and rear wheel arches and the fact that it has four doors and a large boot. I particularly like the rims fitted to my sample unit and the yellow brake callipers. At the rear, you might also like the RoboCop like brake light that runs the length of the rear and you might, - as I do- like the 3D Porsche lettering just below it. I like the design of the Taycan because as much as it is futuristic, it is also current, relatable and identifiable as a Porsche.

The interior continues this trend with identifiable Porsche design elements however the Taycan needs to differentiate itself and it does so by making use of a slim, curved and high definition digital instrument cluster, a large infotainment screen, a third screen on the centre console to control climate and other functions and if you tick the option a fourth screen in front of the passenger so that they too can monitor specific vehicle stats. Overall, once the interactive technology is conquered the interior is relatively minimalistic, neat and uncluttered.

Rear passengers benefit from what Porsche calls a foot garage. It is essentially a reses that has been designed in the battery pack which makes space for rear passengers feet. This improves comfort and increases space.

This is, however, a Porsche and the only seat that really matters is the one behind the steering wheel. Push the Start button and the Taycan beams to life with the same sound that the Starship Enterprise makes when it’s about to blast off. Pop the transmission into Drive and away you go. Now about that transmission, the Taycan is the first electric vehicle to feature a two-speed gearbox, something that you can hear when you are out on the road.

Talking about being out on the road, the Taycan offers some impressive performance, for example when you do a launch control the vehicle uses a battery over-boost function which delivers around 560kW (460kW without over-boost) and 1050Nm of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels and 0-100km/h is achieved in around 2.8 seconds. The force on your body when doing a launch in the Taycan actually starts to hurt after about the fifth attempt as your organs start moving around. The reason for all this madness is down to the fact that the Porsche makes use of two electric motors (front and back hence the all-wheel drive) and a raft of lithium-ion batteries with a gross battery capacity of 93.4 kWh. It is also the first vehicle to boast 800V architecture. Porsche says that the car will cover around 400km worth of range depending on driving style.

The Taycan does, however, offer a few driving modes that help you dispense of that range a bit more effective if you want. I spent most of the day in Sport+ mode as this is when it gives you all the power all of the time. There is a Range setting which limits the speed and better utilizes the braking regeneration system to help charge the battery. With regards to charging the battery, Porsche says that if the vehicle is charged with an 800V DC charger the Taycan will go from 5% to 80% in about 22 minutes. Most chargers in South Africa, however, are around the 400V so expect around 5 hours or so.

In summary, the Porsche Taycan left me feeling emotionally conflicted. It is beyond the fastest machines that I have ever driven but that’s, unfortunately, all that it is – a machine. It is a brilliant machine but a machine nonetheless. You see, a petrol-powered 911 is more than just a machine, it has life. It uses fuel and air to create forward propulsion. You need to work with it to get the best out of it, not every drive will be the same, the sound, the smell the whole occasion is emotionally satisfying. You don’t get that with an electric car I’m afraid. Yes, it’s fast but so too is my blender at home. Push a button and it does what it’s supposed to do.

Don’t get me wrong, I would happily park a Taycan in my garage. I would be envious when I see someone driving one; I think it’s a fantastic machine that has given us a glimpse into the future of what electric cars from the Stuttgart based automaker will be like. Should we as petrolheads worry about performance in an electric age? No, I don’t think so. Should we worry about an emotional connection with a car? Unfortunately, the answer, for now, is yes.
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