The Taycan Turbo is the middle child on offer to Porsche’s Australian EV buyers. It has the beefier “Performance Plus” battery (optional on the Taycan 4S) and has a more powerful rear motor.
If you’re wondering about the name, you’re right: electric cars can’t be turbocharged. And this, nor the Taycan Turbo S have turbos installed. Instead, “Turbo” is now Porsche-speak for the various levels of EV performance. Think 911 nomenclature, and you’re halfway there,
To add to the confusion, the less-potent 4S is AWD — just as the “4” has always signified — yet the Taycan Turbo and Turbo S also feature all-wheel drive. It’s a bizarre naming strategy, but we can just about get our heads around it.
What’s harder to get our heads around is the stunning blend of cabin quality, exterior design and sheer performance that the Taycan Turbo offers. Porsche may have been considerably behind in bringing an EV to market. Yet, the delay has translated into one of the best Battery Electric Vehicles on sale in Australia today.
The Turbo may not hold the mantle of the quickest Taycan, but a 0-100km/h time of just 3.2 seconds means it’s nothing short of rapid. This is thanks to the combined power of 500kW, although the Turbo lacks the launch control that is exclusive to the Turbo S.
The Taycan Turbo comes with a larger 93.4kWh battery. That gives it a claimed range of 420km, but a real-world range closer to 400kms. Of the three Taycan models offered in Australia, the Turbo can go the furthest on a single charge. Notably, it’s still no match for the much cheaper Tesla Model S Performance, which squeezes 515km of real range out of its 100kWh battery.
But the Taycan has several strong counter-arguments to Tesla’s range supremacy. Firstly, the Taycan supports some of the fastest charging capabilities seen on a production EV. Provided you can find a supporting charger, Porsche claims you can add 120kms in 4 minutes, or 80% range in just 15 minutes.
Additionally, every Porsche Taycan comes with a three-year complimentary ChargeFox subscription. What’s more, every Taycan sold in Australia comes with a wall-charger and home energy manager as part of the drive away price.
It’s yet to be seen whether the combination of bundled devices, network subscriptions, and the Porsche driving experience will be enough to tempt punters away from their $291,000 — especially when the Tesla Model S Performance is considerably cheaper. But if anyone has a chance at success, it’s Porsche.