As promised before, the Porsche Taycan has made its way here in Malaysia. A total of three variants will be available – the Taycan Turbo S, the Taycan Turbo and the Taycan 4S. Prices start from RM725k for the Taycan 4S, RM 999k for the Taycan Turbo and RM1.195 million for the Taycan Turbo S.
To put things in perspective, the base model Panamera retails at RM860k but with a whole lot less power. That’s cause the Taycan Turbo S and Taycan Turbo is powered by not one but two electric motors, one on the front axle and one on the rear axle, making the cars all-wheel drive.
The Taycan Turbo S makes 625 hp (761 hp with Overboost) with 1050 Nm, while the Taycan Turbo pushes out 680 hp with 850 Nm. The Turbo S gets from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.8 seconds, quicker than the naturally-aspirated V12 Ferrari Superfast while the Taycan Turbo will the same in 3.2 seconds. Launch Control is available throughout the Taycan range.
The Turbo S serves up 412 km of driving range while the Turbo model musters more, up to 450 km. Top speed on both all-wheel drive models is 260 km/h.
As for the Taycan 4S, it makes 530 hp and 640 Nm for a 0 to 100 km/h time of four seconds however top speed is 10 km/h less than its more powerful Turbo siblings. Electric range is rated at up to 407 km but with the Performance Battery Plus, the Taycan 4S will make 571 hp and 650 Nm of torque. Electric range will also be extended to 463 km.
Power is delivered through a 2-speed transmission fitted on the rear axle. The first gear gives the Taycan even more acceleration from a standing start, while second gear with a long gear ratio ensures high efficiency and equally high power reserves. This also applies while the Taycan is travelling at high speeds.
In just over five minutes, the battery can be recharged using direct current (DC) from the high-power charging network for a range of up to 100 kilometres.
The Taycan Turbo S comes with the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes as standard, along with carbon exterior trims such as the door sills, sideskirts and rear diffuser. These would be optional in the Taycan Turbo and Taycan 4S.
In the Turbo and Turbo S Taycans, brakes are 10-pot calipers in the front and 4-pot at the back, while the Taycan 4S’ stopping power comes from 6-pot calipers in the front and a 4-pot pair at the back.
LED Matrix Headlights including Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus) are equipped as standard for the Taycan Turbo S and Taycan Turbo, while the Taycan 4S comes with LED Headlights including Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus). Wheels sizes are 19-inch for the 4S with 20- and 21-inch options for the Turbo and Turbo S.
As the Taycan is fully electric without engines occupying the front, or back for that matter, there are two luggage compartments available. The front section offers 81 litres while the rear can gobble up 366 litres of cargo.
Inside, the curved digital instrument cluster and infotainment displays features a specific user interface designed specifically for the Taycan. The usual physical controls such as switches and buttons have been significantly reduced.
For the first time ever, Porsche is offering an entirely leather-free interior for the Taycan. Instead, the interior is made largely of innovative recycled materials.