What’s the difference? It’s the question buyers face when sifting through a car’s various models. For a car like the Porsche 911, spending more money yields an obvious improvement in handling, appearance, and engine character. But when it comes to the $87,030 Porsche Taycan Performance Battery Plus (PBP) and the $186,350 Taycan Turbo S, the only real distinction is acceleration.
Stomping the accelerator leads to two very different experiences in these EVs. The 469-hp Taycan PBP hits 60 mph in 4.7 seconds, while the 750-hp Turbo S nearly halves that time with 2.4 seconds of neck strain. (The absolute lowest-rung Taycan has 402 horses, a smaller battery, and an $81,250 price.) But when you’re not using the Turbo S’s extra power, that car rides, looks, and acts just like a base Taycan with a few key options. Also, the Taycan PBP’s 4.7 seconds to 60 and 12.9-second quarter-mile aren’t exactly slow, even if they’re behind most of the premium-EV competition.
The base car we drove in L.A. came with 20-inch wheels ($2380), air suspension with adaptive dampers ($2200), and four-wheel steering ($1620). It enjoyed the same refined isolation and sharp steering as the Turbo S. No matter how you spec them, the solid structure is identical, and the battery in the floor puts a thick layer of insulation between the driver and the road. The PBP car even has more range, 280 miles at 75 mph by our measure. The Frozen Berry Metallic Taycan that provided our test numbers lacked all the chassis upgrades, but even then wasn’t too far off the feel of the Turbo S.
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