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2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo Review- Price, Trim, Features, 0-60, Performance, Range, And Rivals

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November 08, 2020 at 01:53 PM

The 2020 World Luxury Car of the Year, Porsche Taycan enters into its second year, although now with greater enhancements than before. The four-door electric sports sedan benefits from new features, such as the Plug & Charge, that can now be booked online (Function on Demand) and several new exterior and interior color options for 2021. The release date for the 2021 Porsche Taycan is set for sometime around the 4th Quarter of 2020, whereas it will arrive at dealerships in Early 2021. Powered by two electric motors generating a total of 616 hp and 626 lb-ft, prices for the Porsche Taycan turbo start at an MSRP of $150,900.

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This is Porsche’s first fully electric car, and as such the first proper production EV from an iconic manufacturer that puts performance on the forefront. As the Porsche Taycan Turbo enters its second model year, this electric sports sedan gains a few new features and 7 exterior and 5 interior color trim options respectively. With a new color head-up display now available, and with an even more convenient and simplified Pug & Charge option, with the Battery Preservation feature, the 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo is devoted entirely to suit your needs. Arriving at dealerships at the earliest of January 2021, prices for the 2021 Taycan Turbo start at $152,900 MSRP, whereas the brutal 750 hp Taycan Turbo S starts at an MSRP of $185,000.


Know more about the 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo


The 2021 Taycan Turbo is an all-wheel-drive 2-magnet synchronous motor barbarian, that also comes with an Overboost function too, which boosts power from an already astonishing 616 horsepower to 670 hp, enough to thrust the 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo from 0-60 MPH in flat-out 3 seconds. The 2021 Taycan Turbo S does the 0-60 MPH run in a rather ravishing 2.6 seconds, which is hyper-car territory. Furthermore, the 2021 Taycan Turbo houses a new Smartlift function, which at any given instance influences the vehicle's ride height for better riding dynamics. So there's the performance part taken care of.

2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo

Model Specs

Price Range $152,900 (Estd.)
Release Date End of 2020
Engine 2-magnet synchronous motors
Transmission 2-Speed Automated Manual 
Drivetrain AWD
Colors 15 colors available- Carrara White Metallic/ Jet Black/ Volcano Grey/ Cherry Metallic/ Dolomite Silver/ Frozen Berry/ Coffee Beige/ Gentian Blue/ Frozen Blue/ Mamba Green/ Mahagony Metallic/ Neptune Blue/ Carmine Red/ Chalk/ Ice Grey
Changes
  • Plug & Charge feature
  • Head-up display
  • Smartlift function
  • 7 new exterior colors
  • 5 new interior colors

The competitors like the 2021 Tesla Model S offer a greater claimed range and more practicality, but it's hard to ignore that Taycan is a Porsche product at heart with performance as its main focus. The 2021 Porsche Taycan is smaller and tightly proportioned compared to the Panamera. Though its muscular stance and a graceful roofline make it look more like an upsized four-door 911 instead of a downsized Panamera. It gets 200 miles of EPA-estimated range and enough performance to make you question why you'd ever buy a 911 again.

What are the expected Prices and trims on offer in the 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo?

Pricing for the 2021 Taycan is not yet available but considering it to be largely a carryover model with mild updates, we expect the Taycan Turbo to be similarly priced as the 2020 model. The 2020 Taycan Turbo starts at a base price of $152,900 before a destination charge of $1,350. The Porsche Taycan Turbo S is considerably pricier, starting at $185,000. The 2020 World Luxury Car of the Year Porsche Taycan is offered in a single stand-alone trim level, with all the latest and greatest tech features included onboard.

Model

2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo

MSRP

$152,900

Key Features

Adaptive air suspension with Smartlift function

 

Four-point LED headlamps with Matrix beam

 

A four-zone automatic climate control system

 

Head-up display

 

20-inch Taycan Turbo Aero wheel

 

Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control

 

Rear-axle steering

As for the standard features of the 2021 Taycan Turbo, the car is equipped with 20-inch wheels, adaptive air suspension, adaptive LED Matrix headlights, ambient lighting, dual-zone climate control, heated seats, and thermally insulated glass. Apart from these, the 2021 Porsche Taycan also gets a new head-up display, with voice control demands, and Smartlift function which raises the ride height in an off-chance of encountering a speed bump. Moreover, all of these features can be added to your Taycan, thanks to the latest Function on Demand feature, either permanently or temporarily, without the further hassle of visiting dealerships to install the features.

The Porsche Intelligent Range Manager included features such as the forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane keeps assisting with traffic sign recognition, a rearview camera, parking sensors, and Adaptive Cruise control, all of them which are also available with the latest Function on Demand offering. 

How does the 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo fare on the Powertrain front?

Like the siblings, the Taycan Turbo drives all four wheels via two electric motors, one for each axle. The 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo gets 616 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque, but an over-boost function that comes into play when you activate launch control increases that power to 670 hp for short bursts of 2.5 seconds at a time. If this does not satisfy you, Turbo S reaches hypercar levels, giving you 750 hp on tap. The rear motor's unique two-speed transmission shifts are imperceptible during regular driving.

The Taycan is about more than just raw acceleration, however, all variants are equipped with adaptive air suspension, 4D chassis control, and active aerodynamic aids as standard. The 2021 Porsche Taycan models equipped with adaptive air suspension now get a new Smartlift function, the Taycan can be programmed so that it is automatically raised in certain, recurring locations, for instance at speed bumps or driveways. This improves the ride comfort to a great extent, especially on the freeway.

Models

2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo

2021 Tesla Model S Performance

MSRP

$150,900 

$93,190 (Estd.)

Motor

2 magnet synchronous motors

Dual Electric motors

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

Transmission

2-Speed Automated Manual 

1-Speed Direct Drive

Power

616 hp (670 hp with Overboost)

605 hp

Torque

627 lb-ft

713 lb-ft

The Tesla Model S Performance packs the maximum torque figures of the lot and is, therefore, the fastest to get off the line. With close 605 hp to play with, the 2021 Tesla Model S certainly does offer the best price-to-power ratio of them all. Nevertheless, the 2-Speed Automated Manual transmission of the Porsche Taycan works flawlessly enough with the motors to put down all of the available power to the wheels.

How fast is the 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo from 0-60 MPH?

The 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo is fast mostly because it uses a two-speed automatic at the rear with a single-speed at the front, something that is unique and not a norm for electric vehicles of any type. With over 616 horses to play or( 670 hp with the over-boost function), the 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo sprints from 0-60 MPH in flat-out 3.0 seconds(2.6 secs with Overboost). But opt for the Turbo S Electric Sedan variant, and with 750 hp at hand, the Porsche Taycan does the same sprint to 60 MPH in just 2.6 seconds. 

It's normal for EVs to get slower as the battery charge depletes, but Porsche says the Taycan will be able to execute 10 back-to-back launches with consistent performance. Porsche's neck-snapping acceleration is all courtesy of its two magnet-synchronous motors, allowing the Turbo to reach a top speed of 161 mph. The gas-powered rivals such as Lamborghini, Ferrari, and McLaren are being questioned here straight-out.

Models

2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo

2021 Tesla Model S Performance

0-60 MPH 

3.0 secs

2.3 secs

Quarter Mile

11.1 secs

10.7 secs

Top Speed

161 MPH

163 MPH

Tesla's neck-snapping torque figures make it one of the fastest sedans to set off the line. Top-Speed of the Model S comes at a rather generous 163 MPH, 2 MPH more than its arch-rival the Taycan Turbo.

What are the MPG Figures delivered by the 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo?

The Taycan Turbo's EPA range rating of 201 miles almost shocked the world, even though it is far behind the Tesla Model S which gets ratings between 326 and 373 miles. Although the electric four-door is much more efficient than any gas Porsche, The Taycan Turbo is rated at 68/71/69 MPGe on the EPA's city/highway/combined cycles. To make the most of that range, Porche's Intelligent Range Manager is a software that adjusts the climate control and max speed according to the battery range required to reach a programmed destination.

The Porsche Taycan is the first electric vehicle to be built on an 800-volt electrical architecture, otherwise, 400-volt DC fast-charging is more common. This architecture allows Porsche to offer more powerful 270-kilowatt charging that can recharge the battery from five to 80 percent in 22.5 minutes. The 83.7 kWh battery can be refilled from empty to full in nine hours on alternating current. A 62-mile range can also be achieved in 31 minutes if you connect to a 50 kW direct current outlet. 

Models

2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo (Expected)

2021 Tesla Model S Performance

MPGe (city)

68

92

MPGe (highway)

71

105

MPGe (combined)

69

98

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

200 miles

345 miles

For even more convenient charging a new Function, Plug & Charge feature performs the authentication at the charging station automatically, as soon as you plug in the cable. Also, Battery preservation while charging is another function that is new for the 2021 Taycan model year. It can regulate the charging capacity at a suitable charging point to around 200 kW, helping you on a long journey. This extends the battery’s service life and reduces the overall power loss while charging. Drivers can select this function using the central display.

What changes are made on the Interior front of the 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo?

For 2021, Taycan Turbo's interiors are mostly unchanged but the car gets new tech and features for added comfort and convenience such as available color head-up display, along with enhanced Porsche Communication Management. On the inside, five new interior options are available. A Black/Limestone Beige standard interior, Blackberry and Blackberry/Slate Grey leather interior, Graphite Blue/Slate Grey Race-Tex interior, and a Basalt Black/Meranti Brown OLEA Club Leather interior.

Given the Taycan's low and sleek roofline, the interior is surprisingly spacious. Against Tesla Model S, Taycan doesn't feel as cavernous, but a six-footer can fit comfortably in both the front and rear seats. The Turbo comes with a four-seat configuration (2+2) as standard, while a third center-rear seat (offering a total of five seats) is optional. Visibility all around is great, but shorter individuals may need to adjust the seat to a lofty setting to spot the front wings from behind the wheel.

Models

2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo

2021 Tesla Model S Performance

Seating Capacity

4

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.3/57.1/42.4

38.8/57.7/42.7

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

36.5/55.1/35.3

35.3/55.0/35.4

Cargo Capacity

12.9 cu.ft.

30.0 cu.ft.

The Taycan Turbo has a good cargo capacity as it has two trunks, with a total cargo space measuring 15.1 cubic feet. A frunk at the front of the car offers 2.8 cubic feet while the rear truck offers 12.9 cubic feet of space. In comparison, the Tesla Model S Performance has a better trunk capacity and stands tall as the most practical car amongst the two.

What are the infotainment features on offer in the 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo?

For 2021, Porsche has also enhanced the standard equipment of the PCM system (Porsche Communication Management). The 2021 Taycan comes standard with SiriusXM 360L, Apple Carplay, and Bluetooth connectivity. The standard three-screen cockpit includes a curved-glass instrument panel, the main 10.9-inch infotainment touchscreen, and a secondary 8.4-inch touchscreen in the center console that controls climate functions, among other functions.

If that's not enough screens for you, have another 10.9-inch instrument cluster touchscreen ahead of the passenger. Standard features of the Taycan's infotainment system include Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, four USB-C ports, real-time traffic updates, SiriusXM satellite radio, and a Bose 14-speaker sound system which can be upgraded to a Burmester 21-speaker audio setup. and Android Auto, which is now available through the Function On Demand.

What are the changes made to the Exterior front of the 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo?

The 2021 Taycan Turbo carries over its existing design language and feature-lists, comprising of the LED headlights that lead into vents in the front bumper, 911-like roofline, while at the rear LED light strip span the width of the car. This year, the 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo offers a selection of seven new exterior colors: Mahogany Metallic, Frozenberry Metallic, Cherry Metallic, Coffee Beige Metallic, Chalk, Neptune Blue, and Ice Grey Metallic. 

Also, for a more aggressive look, the Carbon Sport Design package will be available for all 2021 model year Porsche Taycan versions, which was earlier standard only on the Turbo S variant. It adds exterior elements such as carbon-fiber inserts in the bottom of the front section and in the side sill trims, as well as carbon-fiber fins on the rear diffuser.

Models

2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo

2021 Tesla Model S Performance

Curb Weight

5101 lbs

4883 lbs

Length

195.4"

196.0"

Width

77.5"

77.3"

Height

54.4"

56.9"

Ground Clearance

N/A

4.6"

Wheelbase

114.2"

116.5"

The Turbo models feature silver badging while Turbo S variants get gloss black. 20-inch wheels are standard on the Turbo while the S gets unique 21s. Other Exterior features include an optional panoramic roof, as all models will get the standard aluminum roof. Dimensionally unchanged, the 2021 Porsche Taycan is shorter and lower than the other large four-door in the Porsche lineup, the Panamera. 

What are the safety features on offer in the 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo?

Porsche Taycan includes a myriad of safety and driver-assistance features as it includes adaptive LED Matrix headlights, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist with traffic sign recognition, a rearview camera, and front and rear parking sensors, all of which come as standard. Porsche's options list includes a surround-view camera, adaptive cruise control, lane change assist, and a night vision camera. 

Now, moreover thanks to the Function on Demand, features such as the Active lane Keep Assist, and Porsche InnoDrive are now available in the 2021 Taycan. Neither the IIHS nor the NHTSA has crash-tested the Taycan Turbo, however, Porsche's cars are usually excellent, and with numerous safety features on offer, the 2021 Taycan Turbo is ready in case any unfortunate event occurs.

What is the release date of the 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo and is it worth buying?

The release date for the 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo is set for sometime around the End of 2020, whereas it will start arriving at dealerships as soon as January 2021. The 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo is substantially unchanged, which is not bad as it is just into its second year. The electrified four-door Porsche is a great example of automaker's impeccable track record of over-engineering and perfecting everything.

2021 Porsche Taycan 4S

The performance and driving dynamics are no less than any gas Porsche but in comparison to Model S, Taycan has a lower range and is comparatively less practical. However, in every other respect, the Taycan Turbo is far more compelling. It's luxurious and handles like a dream. The ravishing acceleration and cossetting comfort come along with the futuristic tech is a treat to behold. If you can afford one, go for it.


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2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo FAQs

How fast is the 2021 Porsche Taycan?

There are over 3 variants of the fully-electric Porsche Taycan. The Taycan 4S with 522 hp is able to the 0-60 MPH sprint in 3.8 secs. The Taycan Turbo, with 670 hp( because of the Overboost), is able to sprint to 60 MPH in flat-out 3 seconds, whereas the more scintillating 750 hp Taycan Turbo S will get that time down to 2.6 seconds.

How is the Porsche Taycan faring on the Sales front?

Now for a continuous 3rd quarter, the fully-electric Porsche Taycan is the best-selling car from the Porsche lineup in the United States. The only offerings sold much more in higher numbers in total are the 2 SUVs, the Porsche Cayenne, and the Porsche Macan.

What other cars can be compared to the Porsche Taycan Turbo?

The fully-electric Porsche Taycan Turbo is in a league of its own, with only the Tesla Model S Performance fit enough to go up against it. The other gasoline-powered sedans which can be compared to the Taycan Turbo are the BMW M5 Competition, and the Mercedes-Benz E63S.

What awards did the Porsche Taycan win in The World Car Awards 2020?

Porsche won big in The World Car Awards 2020, as the 2020 Porsche Taycan won the World Luxury Car of the Year and the World Performance Car of the Year award, beating the likes of german marquee offerings from BMW, Mercedes, and Audi.

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