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2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Sedan Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: October 14, 2020

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When Porsche first announced the Taycan back in 2019, it was one of the most highly anticipated cars of that time. When it was released, people went bonkers over it. Porsche decided to go all-electric in classic Porsche manner that stunned all of us and they did not disappoint. The Taycan recently took birth on this planet and it’s already undergone significant changes in the second year. The Turbo S sits on top of the all-electric line-up and offers ridiculous performance metrics and the 2021 Turbo S is touted to surpass the insanity. The Germans also added OTA updates that users can subscribe to for a monthly fee, and there are other exciting upgrades too. Currently, this trim costs a whopping $185,000 with additional features available at an extra cost. The 2021 model is expected to cost a bit more than the 2020 model, but we do not expect any major changes as the car shall remain more or less the same.

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Pros

Great Handling Dynamics

Power-packed motor with aerodynamic design.

Range-topping performance

800 volt Battery Pack

Cons

Battery Range

Rear Legroom is Inconvenient

Charging infrastructure

What's New?

New features and color options added

Over-the-air update of features available

Battery re-calibration for better charging time


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Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

9.9

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.0

8.8

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2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Sedan Base

Base

power
750 hp
fuel
Electric fuel
mpg
68 combined

$185,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (electric DD) Starting at $185,000 MSRP (67/68/68) 750 hp, Electric, Electric fuel
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Well, for most people an electric car of today provides brisk acceleration and better performance than a similarly priced car that comes with an internal combustion engine. However, for the minority that constitutes the 1 percent, who want a car that can only be revered to as an ultimate performance machine, Porsche has brought in its Taycan Turbo S. It sits right on top of the food chain when we talk about the Tayca’s lineup as it is the top-specced model which comes with all the bells and whistles that Porsche has on offer. Today, the luxury-cum-performance electric car segment is fairly unpopulated and the Taycan is rivaled by the Tesla Model S. Other than this, there are absolutely no specific strata that the Taycan Turbo S fits in for comparison, so for apples to apple comparison, we chose Tesla. Taycan is hyped a lot, but is it worth it? Let’s find out

2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S front third quarter view
2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S rear third quarter view

8.0/10
Features

9.9/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety


2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Sedan Features

8.0/10

Taycan Turbo S is the king of the hill, the highest and most expensive Taycan that Porsche currently has to offer. And so, it’s only offered in one trim. The Taycan Turbo S is very expensive, starting at $185,000 for the 2020 model, and 2021 might even demand a few more bucks since it houses more upgrades. With options, the price can further exceed that already ridiculous mark.

Model

Taycan Turbo S

MSRP (Expected)

$185,000

Key Features

18 way power adjustable adaptive front seats

 

Premium sound system

 

Keyless entry

 

Multi-zone climate control

 

Heated seats and heated steering wheel

 

Color heads up display

 

Smartlift function (adaptive air suspension)

 

OTA updates for a monthly subscription to features

The Taycan Turbo S will house permanent magnet synchronous motors with 800-volt performance batteries. The new Taycan will preserve all of the features from its older version like power-adjustable seats, heated seats and steering wheel, multi-zone climate control, premium sound system, etc but will also now offer a new color heads up display that can be customized to display maps, power or as such as the driver chooses. It will also offer adaptive air suspension to adjust the car's height on the fly.

2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S side view

Then there are the OTA updates that an owner can subscribe to, to get features such as active lane keep assist, Porsche Intelligent Range Meter – to calculate the shortest possible traveling time, InnoDrive – an advanced type of cruise control, Power Steering Plus that gives stronger steering support. Users can subscribe to these updates monthly for $10 to $20 or they can pay a one time fee to avail these features for $300 to $500. There are seven new exterior paint options and it looks like Porsche has already decided to take things to the next level with their second iteration of the Taycan.

2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S rear side top view
2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S rear side top view

2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Sedan Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

The German auto-marquee is currently undoubtedly one of the most reliable car manufacturers in the industry. Porsche's luxurious fame is also backed by its unmatched reliability. The Germans have been ranked 2nd, drawing with Toyota, in 2019 JD Power Reliability rankings, with an average of 108 problems per 100 vehicles. That is a very impressive feat and to match the likes of Toyota in reliability does speak volumes for itself. Consumer Reports also branded the Porsche as one of the best reliable manufacturers. However, they’re new in this all-electric business so we will see how that plays out.

Reliability and Ownership Costs

The Taycan is barely over a year old so there’s no information whatsoever on its reliability. We just have to take Porsche's track record into consideration here and hence, it shouldn’t be worrisome. Taycan has had no safety recalls yet by NHTSA and it hasn’t yet been rated by JD Power. The maintenance and ownership costs down the line aren’t also known but considering the fact that it's an all-electric vehicle, it’s not prone to regular breakdowns. The car is mostly constructed of carbon fiber so it’s light and also quite tough. The interior's quality is top-notch so expect a great experience and hopefully, the reliability wouldn’t come crashing down.

The prices start at $185,000 for the 2020 Taycan Turbo S and the price for the 2021 model (without options) is still a mystery but it’s expected to be in the same ballpark. But with options, the already expensive price tag will inflate even more.

States

Cost

Washington

$185,000

Florida

$185,000

California

$185,000

New Jersey

$185,000

Arizona

$185,000

For a solid grasp on the reliability of the Taycan, we still need to allow at least a few months to pass but Porsche should be pretty reliable especially considering how this is a new undertaking and it doesn’t come cheap.

A luxury performance machine is a costly affair even if you are absolutely particular about following the service schedule. However, being an EV, the Porsche Taycan benefits from lesser moving parts compared to an internal combustion engine car. As the Porsche Taycan Turbo S is quite new to the market and an all-new product from Porsche, it is very hard to predict its long-term maintenance cost. Currently, the car has no safety recall or customer complaints reported by the NHTSA due to its short tenure spent on sale.

 In terms of the ownership costs, on an average, you will have to shell out nearly $76,248 in 5 years when you buy a brand new Porsche Taycan Turbo. This number is an approximate amount as the car has not completed even 3 years in the market. But as you get excellent warranty packages with the car there is not much to worry about repair costs.

Warranty

Porsche offers the same basic warranty as Tesla but Tesla triumphs Porsche with the powertrain warranty. Porsche offers a 4 year/50,000 miles (whichever is earlier) basic and powertrain warranty. Being an electric vehicle, it also has a battery warranty of 8 year/100,000 miles, whichever is earlier, with a minimum of 70% battery capacity retention over the warranty period. There’s also 24-hour roadside assistance which is also active for a period of 4 years/50,000 miles.

Criteria

Period

Limited warranty

4 years/ 50,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Powertrain warranty

4 years/ 50,000 miles; whichever is earlier

24-hour roadside assistance

4 years/ 50,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Battery warranty

8 years/100,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Tesla offers double the powertrain warranty than Porsche and also offers a battery warranty under an 8 year/150,000 miles scheme for the Model S. So, as long as the warranty is concerned, Tesla takes the cake from Porsche. However, both cars will be no cheap offerings to maintain over a long-term period.

Miles Per Dollar

Calculating the MPD for electric cars is a little tricky. So, the Taycan Turbo S has a 50 kWh/100 miles EPA rating meaning that it can travel 100 miles for 50 kWh electricity. The average US electricity price is about $0.12 per kWh. Factoring in these numbers, we get an MPD figure of 16.67 miles per dollar for the Taycan, which is quite impressive as compared to conventional cars.

2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Sedan Buying Advice

If you’re looking to own the latest and greatest Porsche, then you better be ready to burn a lot of cash for the Taycan Turbo S doesn’t come cheap. The 2021 iteration is going to bring a lot of significant upgrades such as the color heads up display, adaptive suspension, OTA monthly subscriptions, and most importantly, a faster overall Taycan.

The Taycan Turbo S is an excellent car. It is insanely quick, visually aesthetic, well loaded with a premium interior and it is an electric car that saves you tons on fuel money while saving the environment. There’s not a lot to take away from the German marquee here except the ridiculous pricing. So, if you have a $185,000 (and probably more for the 2021 model) lying with some extra cash for options, then the Taycan is a vehicle that you will be pleased with.

Is buying a used Porsche Taycan Turbo S a good idea?

The Taycan is barely a year old so you might not be able to get a lot of listings for sale yet. It has yet to undergo a significant depreciation for the Taycan Turbo S can still be found for an average of $190,000 as the owners had loaded it with options. Even if you can find a good deal, it would probably be over $180,000.

Currently, you can only purchase 2020 used Taycan Turbo S but we would strongly advise against it. You should wait for the new Taycan as it packs a lot of upgrades and would be in the same ballpark when it comes to pricing. You can save a little extra and buy a new 2021 Taycan Turbo S if you truly want to own one.

2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Sedan Engine and Performance

9.9/10

The Taycan Turbo S is powered by Porsche's 460 kW Dual Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors that truly packs a punch in true Porsche style, delivering high power efficiently. The electric motor delivers a ginormous 750 horsepower and a ridiculous 774 lb-ft of torque. The transmission is a 2 Speed Automatic and the drivetrain of choice is an All Wheel Drive. Porsche truly delivered some insane specs and it should’ve, considering it costs a 184 grand. It’s also fitted with an 800-volt battery and offers dynamic launch control, a true representation of an electric sports car. 

2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S electric motor

The car is nothing but a pure performance machine that begs you to go quick and reach blazing fast speeds. What is the most astonishing part is the responsiveness of the throttle input which is capable of converting this car into a rocket, if you are not too careful. Thus, if you really have to take a second to think before going pedal to the metal as the Porsche Taycan Turbo S is not as forgiving as some of the non-electric cars in its price range. 

Models

Porsche Taycan Turbo S (Expected)

Tesla Model S P100D

MSRP

$185,000

$114,690

Engine

Permanent Magnet Synchronous motors

Dual Three Phase Four Pole Electric Motors

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

Transmission

2-Speed Automated Manual

Single Speed Direct Drive

Power

750hp@N/A

605hp@N/A

Torque

774lb-ft@N/A

791 lb-ft@N/A

On paper, the Taycan Turbo S tops the chart with a mouthwatering 750 horsepower and 774 lb-ft of torque. The Model S P100D also does quite well with 605 horsepower and those are truly respectable figures, although they come at a price. The Tesla demands $190 per horsepower and the Porsche a more demanding $247 per horsepower.

2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Acceleration and Braking Performance

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S is maddeningly fast as it glides through the track from 0-60 MPH in an astounding 2.8 seconds and jumps to a quarter-mile in 10.8 seconds. The 2021 Turbo S is touted to further enhance this already stellar performance and skim through a quarter-mile in 10.7 seconds. With such mind-boggling figures, it’s already one of the fastest cars in the world.

2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S accelerate 0-60 mph just in 2.8 sec.

It can cruise up to 162 MPH and it’s equipped with large yellow brake calipers which are fitted with Porsche's Regeneration Management that turns the two electric motors into generators, thus transforming up to 90 percent of the energy necessary to stop the car into electricity which is put back in the battery to pad the car's range; and consumes a mere 103 ft while stopping from 60-0 MPH.

Models

Porsche Taycan Turbo S (Expected)

Tesla Model S P100D

0-60 MPH

2.8 sec

2.3 sec

Quarter Mile

10.7 sec

10.4 sec

Top Speed

162 MPH

162 MPH

60-0 MPH

103 ft

116 ft

As stellar as the Taycan is, the Tesla surpasses even that insanity with an unreal 2.3 second 0-60 MPH and 10.4-sec quarter-mile time.

2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Sedan Fuel Economy

9.0/10

Porsche offers 192 miles of range on a full battery charge and the MPGe figures are 67/68/68 for city/highway/combined driving respectively. Porsche will also offer a 22 kW charger that can charge the 2021 Taycan in half the time than a standard 11 kW charger. It consumes 50 kWh of electricity to go 100 miles.

Model

Porsche Taycan Turbo S (Expected)

Tesla Model S P100D

MPGe (City)

67

92

MPGe (Highway)

68

105

MPGe (Combined)

68

98

Battery Capacity / Fuel Capacity

83.7 kWh

100 kWh

Range (Total)

192 miles

315 miles

Porsche disappoints with its rather unfriendly range of just 192 miles and MPGe figures. It simply can’t compete with Tesla when it comes to range and efficiency and that has been a big con of the Taycan. This shows how much ahead Tesla really is when it comes to battery technology.

2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Sedan Interior

9.0/10

“Luxury” is the word that pops to mind when climbing inside the Taycan's interior. Gorgeous premium leather, stunning color contrast, a massive panoramic sunroof, heavily bolstered seats, and typical Porsche steering wheel bless the Taycan's interior. The 4 seater also offers two center console screens and a partially touch screen gauge cluster, armed with multi-zone climate controls. Everything bleeds quality and the car scores high on the luxury quotient. Porsche certainly gets one up on the Tesla here and is in a league of its own. All the materials and buttons feel well put together, offering top-notch fit and finish. 

2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S seats

The front seats offer 18-way electric adjust and the Turbo S gets the sport seats which offer better under-thigh support along with a firmer cushioning. They are capable of seating even bigger body frames in utter comfort. However, the seats are quite low and one has to bend down considerably to get inside which makes it very unfriendly for elderly people. At the rear, the Taycan Turbo S feels better for getting in and out but it gets scant legroom which makes it uncomfortable or taller passengers. 

Model

Porsche Taycan Turbo S (Expected)

Tesla Model S P100D

Seating Capacity

4 (+1 optional)

5

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

N/A

38.8/57.7/42.7

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

N/A

35.3/55.0/35.4

The Taycan offers a 2.8-cubic foot cargo area at the front which carries its plug adapter, with room left for one another bag. At the rear, it offers 12 cubic feet of cargo in which you can fit in a couple of big duffel bags. The interior dimensions of the 2021 Taycan Turbo S are unknown but it’s reasonably spacious. Tesla offers decent spacing in the front and rear row as well which makes it a more practical car.

How’s the 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S' infotainment system?

Taycan gets two center console screens, an 8.6” and 10.9” one. The Porsche offers Apple CarPlay, 6 months free subscription of Apple Music, color heads up display, the previously mentioned OTA updates, etc. All of this is topped up by a premium sound system. Some notable features are:

  • Voice Command features (Hey Porsche)
  • Apple Car Play
  • Porsche Connect Feature (Function On-Demand)
  • Navigation Plus feature with real-time Traffic on Road.
  • Route Monitor with Optimal Data Usage
  • Bluetooth Telephonic and Audio Connect feature
  • Rearview Camera with Bird View Angle

2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Sedan Exterior

8.0/10

Taycan has inherited the Porsche DNA at its core but it adds quirks of its own. The design is hard to take your eyes off at first glance and it immediately captures your attention. The car is carved in a sporty 4 door body that turns the heads of onlookers. The design is aerodynamic and looks slippery with a gently sloping roofline that blends at the rear.

2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S third quarter view

The 4-point LED headlights at the front illuminate the path ahead and they are different from classic Porsche headlights. They look more stylish, modern with a vertical scoop beneath them which attenuates the frontal visual appeal of the Taycan. The rear houses the classic Porsche light bar with “PORSCHE'' engraved in it, and “Taycan Turbo S” is flaunted below. The 21” wheels with big brake calipers make the Taycan track ready and charging ports are at either side of the front fender that opens by sliding a finger underneath the sensor placed by its side. The Taycan is by far the coolest looking electric car out there.

Model

Porsche Taycan Turbo S (Expected)

Tesla Model S P100D

Curb Weight

5,121 lbs

4941 lbs

Length

195.4”

196”

Width

77.4”

77.3”

Height

54.4”

56.5”

Ground Clearance

N/A

4.6”

Wheelbase

114.2”

116.5”

Porsche, despite boasting the sportiest design, is the heaviest. The Tesla and Porsche are evenly matched in length and width, while Tesla is a couple of inches longer than Taycan. Thus, it is still the Tesal Model S which will give you a better road presence than the Taycan. 

2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Sedan Safety

9.0/10

Taycan hasn’t been greeted with IIHS or NHTSA ratings yet, so we don’t have a quantifiable safety figure for the German stalwart. But, it does come loaded with numerous basic safety features and driver assistance features and from 2021, Porsche will offer features such as active lane keep assist, Porsche Intelligent Range Meter, InnoDrive and others as monthly subscription or a one time fee avail, so you have the flexibility of choosing either one, for when you need it and when you don’t. The car is loaded with airbags on the front, side and for knee protection on front and rear row, so it suffices to call it a pretty safe vehicle. 

2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Sedan Competition

2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S vs Tesla Model S P100D

Tesla is the only true competitor to the Taycan Turbo S. To keep it simple and straight, Tesla offers better range, practicality, performance, and an insane array of tech features while Porsche offers more quality and premium interior and exterior design.

Tesla Model S

The Tesla Model S P100D also costs quite a bit less and since it’s out of production since 2019, finding a used model can be heavily beneficial. Overall, it’s hard to recommend the Porsche especially considering its price premium over Tesla, but then again, 2021 might bring some exciting changes.

2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Sedan Final Verdict

2021 Taycan Turbo S is still an infant in a weird price segment all by itself, since there are better options at lower prices. This model seems a bit too overpriced but barring that, the Taycan is an excellent vehicle with an A+ in almost every category. It’s sporty, premium, blazingly fast and it’s electric. If you’ve got the cash, the Taycan Turbo S is a no-complaint vehicle and it should only get better with the 2021 iteration.

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