The Taycan opens for business, then, where other luxury electric cars are topping out on price. But not other big, fast, four-door sporting GTs, of course. Meanwhile, the fact that it’s so much more dynamically enthralling than any EV currently available does go a long way to justifying its position. In fact, it’s so accomplished as a driving machine in its own right that next to the likes of the £140,535 Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4-Door Coupé, the Taycan still makes for a particularly convincing value proposition.
As for depreciation, it blows the competition away. After three years and 36,000 miles, CAP predicts that the Taycan Turbo S will retain 60% of its original value, versus 54% for the Tesla Model S Performance and 49% for the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S. In fact, after four years in the Taycan, you’d still get more of your money back when you sell than you would after three years in the Mercedes.
Where the Taycan Turbo S does falter a little is on range. Its official WLTP figure of 254 miles trails the Model S Performance by 113 miles. Our testing suggested you might see a long-distance touring range of 223 miles in mixed use – respectable, especially in light of the sporting brief, but hardly Tesla-worrying.