Fully-electric Porsche Taycan 4S review: Silent, swift, gliding sensation

Driving this beast is an absolute treat. Never mind that its grunting engine has given way to the hum of the electric set-up. Or that there are no paddle shifters. The Taycan 4S brings its own magic to the electric world

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Porsche has always kept its loyalists satisfied with cutting-edge excellence while keeping some of the key elements of its original DNA intact. This is why irrespective of the model year, you can still tell a 911 from a distance. 

This consistency has been challenged with the growing demand of newer consumers and so, the company decided to venture into its first fully-electric sports car, the Taycan. It packs in performance, comes with great looks, and boasts the lineage of Porsche’s incomprehensible engineering genius that has made it a benchmark for sportscars for generations.

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I had the opportunity to drive it from Dubai to the Hajjar mountains, hearing it soar across horizons with its silent engine. Rolling down the windows and taking in the silently whizzing by hills is surreal in itself. It gave me the illusion of travelling on Alladin’s magic carpet. 

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The Taycan 4S looks fantastic. It is stylish, low, aerodynamically built, and not too pretentious on the outside. The LED Matrix headlamps flick on stylishly. At the rear, the Porsche branding behind the rear light strip gives off a sleek and stylish vibe. You can customise the Taycan 4S in as many was you want, with exciting colour options and a sporty rim. It is intentionally designed to be sporty, breaking away from any attempt to appease daily commuters. Indeed, it is a special ride for a special occasion.

The interiors are modern, with a large screen to keep you within reach of every control, albeit sacrificing some of the usual knobs and buttons you would find in other Porsches. And this is where the dash and the cockpit seem to lose some of their characters. It powers on automatically when the driver enters the cockpit and the steering wheel offers a rather sporty feel. Some of the retained knobs include the traditional light, windshield wiper controllers, and cruising support. The instrument console is unapologetically digital, something you would expect from a fully-electric sports car. This aside, the rest of the dash seems to beg for detail and finesse. We may have to get used to seeing more ornately arranged dashes as technology is soon converging into a single screen that manages everything. This is particularly triggering for Porsche loyalists who are used to the shenanigans.

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The Taycan 4S is a true ally across long distances with its range of up to 464km on a full charge. In addition to the comfort of the cockpit, you also have the assurance of relying on an infrastructure that will soon support the electric charging of high-end sports cars in the near future. It supports up to 270 kW charging with some rapid charging options. 

With just 5 minutes of charging, the Taycan 4S can drive up to 100km till you find the need to juice up again. It can reach speeds of 100kmph from standstill in just 4 seconds, which is impressive for a 2.2-ton colossus. 

Driving the Taycan 4S is an absolute treat. You do miss the grunting engine and have to settle for the sonorous hum of the electric setup. You also miss the paddle-shifters that have always been the tools to set you off at the speeds you have wanted to attain in sports cars until now. However, the Taycan 4S brings its own magic to the electric world, by offering an automatic 2-speed gearbox, which is one of the firsts in this segment. The lower gear attains rapid acceleration, while the higher gear keeps the beast in check while cruising. The incredible air suspension of the car only enhances the ‘silent gliding’ sensation as you steer past the skyscrapers of Dubai. The slopy roof dramatically set the passing horizons behind me. It was like the end credit reel of a thrilling show. After all, the thrill of driving the Porsche Taycan 4S cannot be overstated enough.

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SPECIFICATIONS:

Range (Performance battery) 400km 

Battery 79.2 kWh

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Electric motor 204 PS-429 bhp

Top speed 250kmph

Efficiency 26.2 kWH/100 km

Price Rs1.63 cr

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