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Motor Trend drives the Taycan over 150 mph

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Motor Trend drove the Taycan on a 15,000-foot-long runway at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and were able to drive it over 150 mph (241 KM/H).

Here are some of the takeaways from their review: https://www.motortrend.com/news/exclusive-beyond-150mph-porsche-taycan/
  • The Taycan shifted into second gear at around 50 mph
  • The throttle is very responsive and makes the Taycan feel "almost as playful as a 911."
  • "There's a precision to the relationship between right-foot input and powertrain output that an internal combustion engine, with all its reciprocating masses and efficiency losses, simply can't match. It takes a little getting used to at first, particularly in terms of smoothly coming off the power, but once you're dialed in to the … er … electrifying responsiveness of the Taycan's powertrain, this four-door Porsche feels almost as playful as a new 911."
  • The steering wheel "is straight out a 992-series 911."
  • The seating position is "identical to that of Porsche's iconic sports car."
  • "Wheels are 21 inches. Front tires are 265/35; rears are 305/30. Our car runs Goodyear Eagles, though Michelins will also be available."
  • "The Taycan is built on the Porsche-developed J1 BEV platform and uses the same three-chamber air suspension and 48-volt anti-roll system as the MSB-platformed Panameras, Bentley Continental GT, and Rolls-Royce Flying Spur."
  • "Taycan uses e-motor regen to slow the car when you press the brake pedal, the mechanical brakes only being used if the rate of deceleration exceeds 0.3 g to 0.4 g."
  • "Porsche's excellent PCCB carbon-ceramic brakes are standard on the top-spec Taycan"
  • "Unlike in other EVs, kinetic energy is not harvested and sent back to the battery the moment you lift off the accelerator; there is no 'one-pedal' driving mode, or even mild lift-off regen."
  • "Porsche's claim the car will deliver consistent levels of performance appears to be accurate. I did numerous back-to-back acceleration runs to 150 mph and beyond, and the Taycan launched as ferociously and built speed as relentlessly as it did the first time. Every time."
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