Argentina is not a place where it is common to see excellent cars. Even in Buenos Aires, unlike other major capitals in the world, when a Porsche or a Ferrari passes by, it’s as if a celebrity were approaching you due to the number of phones they bring out.
Therefore, manage a Porsche Taycan For two days in Buenos Aires it was an experience in every sense. First of all, to experience the sensation of being observed practically continuously and, secondly, to drive the vehicle with the greater technological load which can be purchased in Argentina.
Although it is not a model making its debut on our market – in fact we have already tested another version in the past – there is no such advanced vehicle as this Taycan on the local market.
Furthermore, it is a super exclusive car, with a price range that in the local market starts from $359,000 and it goes up to $635,000. Added to which is a large and expensive list of options.
It is, after all, the car with which Porsche definitively left its mark to fully enter the world of cars. electric car.
The car for a new era
The new era inaugurated by the Taycan did so without breaking with the past, but marking a new path. This sedan is easily and quickly recognized as a Porsche, but it has left features that until now were inevitable in the models of the Stuttgart brand.
The Taycan inspires the avant-garde. Her figure is clearly more advanced than any other model you can meet on our streets. He is long, he is wide and he is short. And its proportions indicate that this is a vehicle unlike any other. It’s a flying saucer.
And people let us know with their reactions. Whether it’s a person walking or, unfortunately, the driver of another vehicle passing nearby: the reaction of many is to take out their cell phone and try to record their passage.
There are some, even, who “feel” it is coming. and the surprise was also great. The fact is that although this Porsche is completely silent because it is electric, a very particular sound that the driver can select and which accompanies the acceleration rate.
It’s a hard sound to pigeonhole, but it’s the closest thing science fiction cinema has chosen to associate with a spaceship. That is, it is absolutely correct regarding the idea that the shapes of the car convey.
A sporty flying saucer
The other objective that the German manufacturer has set itself with the presentation of its first 100% electric model is that it should respect the historical mandates of sportiness and emotion that have always characterized Porsche.
One part was assured: the reaction provided by an electric motor is much higher than that of a combustion engine, since the moment of maximum force (torque) is present from the moment it starts to accelerate.
Doubly sure, given that he tested the Taycan 4S Clarion It comes with two electric motors, one front and one rear, giving it all-wheel drive.
On paper its numbers are impressive: 435 horsepower with a peak of 530 HP using the feature Launch control and with the possibility of going from 0 to 100 km/h 4 seconds. The maximum speed is limited to 250 km/h.
But there are many other very powerful electric cars that can accelerate a lot. This Taycan is different from all precisely because it manages to repeatedly sustain that performance. without losing effectiveness.
That’s why the secret of this sports sedan lies precisely in its electrical architecture and battery management. Inside that package there is room for the cooling system and everything is protected by the steel casing. This is where the heart of this model lies.
The Taycan was the first production car equipped with a tension system 800 volts instead of the usual 400 volts for electric cars.
This system prevents the entire unit from overheating and allows for better energy management. In this model, which promises and guarantees sporting performance, it maintains response even if requested repeatedly: it can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h 20 times in a row for the same time.
The other advantage of an 800 volt system is that charging can be much quicker. Of course it always depends on the power of the charger.
With a wallbox type charger (11 kWh) it takes approximately 8 hours to complete the charge. But with the powerful 270 kWh direct current one you can reach 80% in 22 minutes.
Another Taycan rarity. It has a two-speed automatic transmission, while the vast majority of electric vehicles use a direct transmission. Porsche does this to be able to provide that impressive acceleration power – your back sticks to the seat and no matter how much you try to separate it, you won’t be able to do so for several seconds.
It is a car that can be very comfortable in urban use even if it is very short. The management of the chassis and suspension is responsible for this. And thank goodness it has pneumatic suspensions that can change its height, otherwise it would hit the backs of many donkeys.
Between how wide and how low it is, the weight of the battery which is located under the floor and further reduces the center of gravity, its gigantic and wide wheels, which are also directional on the rear axle, and a suspension that can be shortened their paths and become like a rock, their sporting behavior is surprising.
The ability to turn quickly is scary, even more so if we take into account that it weighs more than 2 tons. The Taycan goes wherever the driver tells it to go. Without joking. Without complaining. Without showing a single movement of disagreement.
Its interior deserves a special mention. If it is a flying saucer on the outside, its cabin should conform to that message. It’s a 99% digital booth. To give you an idea, the direction of the air conditioning outlet is also selected from one of the screens it is equipped with.
There are four in total and they are all tactile. What impresses most is the instrument panel, 16.8 inches, curved and with extraordinary image quality, as well as a wide variety of configurations.
There is another traditional one on the top of the center console. Below it there is another one, to manage the climate control and battery charge management. And the fourth is located in front of the passenger.
Its technology provision is unique in the country. As well as its price: the range starts from US$359,000 and the trial version arrives $430,000, not counting the optional ones. So you found one in Argentina, I made a wish, since only three were patented.
Versions and prices
- Taycan: US$359,000
- Taycan 4S: $430,000
- Length: 4,963 mm
- Width: 1,966 mm
- Height: 1,381 mm
- Wheelbase: 2,900 mm
- Weight: 2,295 kilograms
- Trunk: 407 dm3
- Battery: 95 kWh
- Engines: electric (two)
- Maximum power: 530 HP
- Torque: 640 Nm
- Transmission: automatic, 2 speeds
- Four-wheel drive
- Maximum speed: 250 km/h
- Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 3.7 sec.
- Autonomy: 505 kilometres
- ABS brakes and stability control
- Front, side and curtain airbags
- Lane keeping assistance
- adaptive cruise control
- Panoramic ceiling
- Air suspension with sport settings
- Sports seats
- 16.8 inch curved screen
- Passenger touch screen
Ben Stock is a journalist working for News Rebeat, where he covers the automobile section. With a passion for cars and the industry, Ben brings insightful and in-depth reporting to his readers.