There’s very little out there, save perhaps Ferrari World Abu Dhabi’s Formula Rossa rollercoaster, that’s capable of preparing you for the physical experience of a full launch control start in the Taycan Turbo S.
Select Sport Plus drive mode and PSM Sport for the traction control, hold your left foot on the brake, plonk your right on the throttle and then lift your left, and suddenly every shred of the car’s 751bhp and 774lb ft are made available to you instantly – as if you’d just turned on your bedroom lamp. Our timing gear confirmed that you’ll hit 60mph just 2.8sec later, even if there are two of you in the car, with 100mph arriving after 6.5sec.
Of all the cars we’ve road tested over the years, only a very small handful have matched the Taycan’s 0-60mph time. Only the Bugatti Veyron Super Sports and Porsche’s own 918 Spyder have actually beaten it.
Zero fanfare accompanies the Taycan’s brutal straight-line acceleration. There’s no apparent negotiation between wheelspin and traction control. You can hear the tyres over-rotating very slightly, just enough to generate maximum forward thrust. There’s little ‘real’ noise to speak of otherwise, save for a starship-like hum from Porsche’s Electric Sport Sound generator (which can be deactivated) and an external whoosh that crescendos into a roar as the air pressure builds on the Taycan’s windscreen.
Keep your wits about you on the road; the absence of any meaningful engine noise can combine with the Taycan’s instant, Herculean throttle response to slightly disorientating effect. It accelerates so effortlessly, silently and immediately that pushing the throttle all the way to the bulkhead even for a couple of seconds can cause you to hit really big speeds that, oddly, are made to feel slower than they otherwise might.
Even so, the Taycan’s performance never feels intimidating or unmanageable. It’s smooth and well mannered at low speeds and, because the rear motor’s low-ratio gear is generally reserved for the sportier drive modes, you’re never aware of any shift or interruption in drive.
Brake pedal feel and progression are very good on the road, but a bite point that seems to move with speed can make track driving slightly less fluent than perhaps it ought to be.