The single-motor Taycan overcame fairly chilly and damp test conditions to post acceleration benchmarks strong enough to impress on any modern, £75,000, four-seater performance car, electric or otherwise. The car’s acceleration feels far from startling or savage, and doesn’t really compare with that of the Taycan Turbo S. Even so, there’s a nicely understated sort of potency and the usual pleasing linearity and responsiveness about this sort of electric performance, which our test car’s 20in wheels and Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres make fully deployable on the road even in less than perfect conditions.
Porsche’s electronic launch control governed the car away from rest very efficiently, with just the occasional snatch of wheelspin, to hit 60mph in 5.1sec, 30-70mph in 3.7sec, and 100mph from rest in 10.9sec. A two-motor, four-wheel-drive Jaguar I-Pace is marginally faster over the first two of those benchmarks, but the Porsche’s second gear and its more slippery silhouette make it the quicker of the two cars to three figures and beyond. It’s also only a tenth slower to 100mph, and significantly faster thereafter, than Audi’s relatively bluff, three-motor E-tron S Quattro. Porsche always claimed that the Taycan was an EV made for the autobahn; as our numbers bear witness, that’s true even of the entry-level version.