2021 Porsche Taycan Pros and Cons Review: Electric Soul

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2021 Porsche Taycan Pros and Cons Review: Electric Soul

One of the most intense debates we had during our 2021 Car of the Year program concerned the 2020 Porsche Taycan’s efficiency. “You are looking at the least efficient fully electric vehicle currently produced today, period,” we wrote last year. It’s that lack of efficiency that ultimately worked to hold the Taycan back from the Golden Calipers. A year later with a new, more efficient single-motor rear-drive variant, is 2022 now the time for the Porsche Taycan to shine?

It would certainly seem promising. The updated 2021 Taycan sports the same underpinnings as last year’s finalist car, but it loses the Taycan 4S’ front motor and instead offers up two power and battery pack configurations. The standard setup features a 79.2-kWh battery pack paired with a permanent-magnet motor making 321 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque, good for 200 miles of range. An optional battery pack (as equipped on our test vehicle) boosts capacity to 93.4 kWh, horsepower to 469, torque to 263 lb-ft, and range to 225 miles. Like all Taycans (and Audi E-Tron GTs), the new rear-drive variant sports a two-speed automatic at its rear axle and is capable of DC fast charging at peak speed of up to 270 kW—largely making up for its “lack” of range with its ability to quickly jam electrons into its battery pack.

When it comes to our performance of intended function criterion, the Taycan absolutely smashed it out of the park. Where many automakers rely on design to express their brand values, the Taycan rests on its engineering. “A true Porsche that just happens to be an EV,” industry expert (not to mention godfather of the Dodge Viper and Ford GT) Chris Theodore said. “Holds its own against 911s.” The Taycan is quick—though not fast—and feels well balanced and neutral through bends. It’s easy to push to your limits and find its limits.

For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.

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