Let’s start this section with a few raw stats. The Taycan’s pair of dual motors (a brace on the front axle, another on the rear) produce up to 761PS (560kW) (up to because outside of Sport+ you make do with a paltry 625PS), which is already over 120PS more than a 911 Turbo S. It kicks out 1,050Nm (774lb ft) of torque. All of that is routed via a single gear transmission at the front and a two-speed one at the back. It weighs 2.2 tonnes, but the Taycan Turbo S will hit 62mph from a standstill in 2.8 seconds. Yes, that’s right, a car heavier than an Alfa Romeo Stelvio will hit 62mph less time than it takes a Ferrari 812 Superfast. Astonishing stuff.
And those aren’t just numbers that disappear when you start to drive. In this new world of electric powertrains and power figures regularly in four figures some of the stats seem to have lost all meaning. But the Taycan Turbo S can back them up, and then some. The first time you drive this Turbo S you will push your foot down on the accelerator and feel a silent warning. The Taycan cruises happily at slow speeds, but when you twitch your right foot just a little too far it gets all excited and wants to go. Stick that foot to the floor and you will be censoring your language in front of the children, if they haven’t dissolved into some kind of gooey mess in the rear seats. The Taycan Turbo S’s acceleration, even in normal mode, is shocking the first time you feel it. We’re all well used to jumping in electric cars these days, and the feeling of ‘instant torque’, but over 1,000Nm of torque still feels alarming and addictive in equal measure. Move to Sport or Sport+ modes and the same thing happens, each mode change just bringing more expletives until you’ve done it a few times. The funny thing about having this much torque at your disposal so quickly is that once that initial phase of acceleration is done the rest of the sprint feels slightly sedate. You’re still motoring on and gathering speed at a rate that has already lost you your licence over a mile ago, but with that first smash to your gut gone the rest doesn’t have the same shock factor.
Traction is extraordinary too, there’s no slewing sideways or scrabbling, you feel the Taycan squirm underneath you, but only the slightest of corrections of the wheel is ever needed as you fly forward. Then you hit a corner and the sensations just keep coming, how can you get 2,200kg around this tight turn? Thank goodness for those giant brakes (possessing some of the biggest calipers I have ever seen) because we definitely need to scrub this speed off hard.
And then you find that you really need not have worried, the Taycan feels flat through the corners, untroubled by its bulk. This is partly because the batteries, which create that mass, are all mostly sat low, another feature that helps give the Taycan its low profile, adding a very low centre of gravity to the mix. You can pitch the Taycan Turbo S into a corner carrying significant speed and use those motors on both axles to haul you through. The steering is a little numb, nicely weighted but not filled with feel, but fast, so you don’t feel like you’re wrestling this big monster around. It feels like a Porsche, but one that blows everything else out of the water. Sport+ mode adds a strangely pleasing manufactured electric whirring noise to the cabin, as if you needed another signifier for how fast you were going, and more urgency to the throttle, allowing the Taycan to feel more lithe through the corners. And somehow it holds itself into its lane, even though it is as wide as Surrey. It’s the kind of drive that makes you wish you forgot something when you went shopping, just so you can nip back out via the long route.
When you want to just tool around quietly though, that’s exactly what you can do. Despite being set up to control all that weight, the damping never becomes harsh even on a short drive down to the shops. On motorways and out of junctions you will find yourself quickly adapting to the boost of torque, allowing you to nip into gaps with ease that would normally seem impossible. The cry of “you can’t use that much power in real life” is quickly washed away when you escape the slow lane a few times.