Remember the good old days when comparing power stats meant picking out a single figure on a spec sheet? That’s rather more complicated in the electric age, the Taycan’s technical data containing no fewer than four power outputs depending on whether you’re in standard or ‘overboost’ mode and which of the two battery options you’ve chosen. The baseline of 326PS (240kW) compares with the 330PS (243kW) of an equivalently priced Panamera, though if you fork out another £4,049 you upgrade your battery from 71kWh to 83.7kWh (both ‘net’ figures) and get 380PS (280kW). Decent but nothing to shout about in EV circles until you factor in the 476PS you get on ‘overboost’ with the bigger battery. That all goes to the rear wheels, saving 90kg compared with the all-wheel-drive 4S and contributing to the best range of all Taycan models, the bigger battery offering 301 miles by official figures. We were on for a solid 240 miles on a cold February day until we started enjoying ourselves, eventually returning to Porsche on ‘reserve’ with 24 miles showing and 179 miles covered.
Back to the fun stuff, and 0-100mph times are more informative than 0-62 at this level, the Taycan doing it in 11 seconds dead compared with the 8.5 of the 4S. The Turbo S does the same in an astonishing 6.1, for context. Of more interest on a wet road on a winter’s day is whether a two-wheel-drive Taycan has any hope of getting that power down. It’s worth caveating impressions with the fact our test car’s build included optional torque vectoring, air suspension, Sport Chrono Sport Plus mode and more but, even so, the rear-driven Taycan does an incredibly impressive job. Just like a 911 it uses weight over the rear axle to its benefit in traction terms, the lighter nose making it feel more alert and agile than a 2.2 tonne car has any right to. Yes, it’s genuinely playful, and if the Turbo S is impressive the Taycan is fun. Nor did we miss the PDCC active anti-roll or rear-axle steering of the last Taycan we drove, proof that the fundamentals of the car are as thoroughly sorted as you’d hope.