Taycan the Porsche brand to a new level

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Taycan the Porsche brand to a new level

The planet-friendly, playful Taycan has more than enough sporting prowess and a claimed range of nearly 500km

Denis Droppa

Affordable electric vehicles (EVs) for the masses are still some years away, but the premium end of the market has a growing array of choices for well-heeled early adopters of nonpolluting cars.

The Porsche Taycan, launched last year, demonstrated that not only can battery-powered cars be friendly to the planet, they can be exciting too. The range-topping Taycan Turbo S, which retains conventional petrol-engined nomenclature even though it’s an electric, is a 560kW beast that accelerates quicker than a Formula One car for the first couple of seconds. Its 0-100km/h time is claimed at 2.8 seconds, about the same as the petrol-engined Porsche 911 Turbo S, and it has a 260km/h top speed.

Having wowed us with such fearsome figures in its halo electric model, including its R3,977,000 price, Porsche has now launched the Taycan in an entry-level version selling for R2,227,000. It’s available in two power outputs, a standard 300kW with an overboost mode and launch control, and an optional Performance Battery Plus that increases output to 350kW. It’s the latter version on test...

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