First Impression – Taycan Turbo

By Alex Ching
January 2020

We’ve been needing new tires and with Kim winning the annual AMR tire raffle at the Christmas Party, I took her Cayenne down to Porsche Colorado Springs for an estimate. After placing an order with Marcus, I make my usual rounds to say hello to everyone I know. My first stop is usually Ted’s office. As we’re catching up on the latest when he suddenly asked if I had some free time and then proceeded to hand me a set of keys to Porsche’s latest masterpiece, the Taycan Turbo.

At first glance, it does not look much bigger than a 992, but all the classic Porsche elements are there – the sloping front end (albeit with rectangular headlights and distinctive look from the Mission E), the contours, and the Cayman-esque quarter panel and back. Its profile is more akin to the 911 than the Panamera despite its length. The all-digital instrumentation is utilitarian and fairly easy to navigate. The Taycan is eerily quiet but it does have a noise generation option to give it some “purr” and to give the driver a sense that the car is alive.

The test drive is nothing short of spectacular. Coming out of Motor City Dr onto East Motor Way I had a clear road and took advantage of it. I press down on the e-pedal? I felt the torque push me back in the seat and heard Ted lightly gasped, and as the car approach triple digits toward Tejon I tested the brakes and they functioned flawlessly. Love those Porsche brakes! Every aspect of the Taycan was instantaneous and smooth but unfortunately, the rush hour traffic did not allow for more spirited test drive. If you’ve never driven an high performance EV, I would highly recommend checking out the Taycan. I know I’ll be taking a second look.

P.S. Don’t miss the Super Bowl Porsche commercial!

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