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Electric Attraction: The 2021 Porsche Taycan RWD

Electric Attraction: The 2021 Porsche Taycan RWD

It isn’t exactly shocking news that PGA Cars has brought in another variant of the celebrated fully electric sports car they initially introduced in the country, the Porsche Taycan Turbo S. The Turbo S being the Taycan’s top tier model, basically floored those who’ve been anticipating its arrival with its true-to-Porsche-form performance specs especially when sampling it came down to text-to-tarmac terms. A 0-100 km/h acceleration speed of 2.5 seconds is astounding to begin with, but more so when implemented Taycan style- which is bordering on the surreal when initiated via Launch Control. As its AWD configuration grips the road to release the full brunt of those twin Permanent magnet Synchronous Motors (PSM) to catapult the Taycan Turbo S forward, it does so in almost non-linear fashion. Without the simulated electronic engine sound clearly audible in the cabin, your senses might have difficulty coping with what exactly is going on, transporting you from a standstill to crazy fast in no time at all. Well since the sound can be disabled, some people may exactly be after that kind of experience anyway. 

But obviously not everyone who wants to be rewarded with the pleasure of driving Porsche’s first-ever full EV sports car, which is a proper Porsche in all respects, is after all that the Taycan Turbo S is about. Now, the rear-wheel driven, single motor 2021 Taycan is here- less extreme, but no less enigmatic and exhilarating as the Turbo S is. In fact, apart from its new 20-inch Taycan Turbo Aero Wheels, the aesthetic differences between the two variants are quite subtle. Its functional aerodynamic accents are all finished in Black, but the low front end, highly contoured fenders, sloping roofline and pronounced shoulders all combine to not let you forget what kind of DNA is purely coursing through its digital veins. 

As for the substance beneath the sculpted metal, its PSM drives the Taycan’s rear axle to produce 408 PS, enabling it to hit 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds from 0, and a top speed of 230 km/h. And again, how that kind of power and acceleration is delivered is a unique experience, like well-calculated and controlled ferocity. Well, all that in the lap of tech-laden luxury. Porsche Philippines configured the new Taycan RWDs to have essential options pre-installed. It’s hard not to be impressed by the leather-clad comfort seats that have 14-way power adjustments, audio via full surround sound from Bose, and of course its captivating 16.8-inch free-standing curved instrument cluster, which is more like a command center really, complemented by a second display for the front passenger- optional, but conveniently made available for the Taycan units here. Just like the light touch and gesture controls for the charging ports’ covers and the hood. 

The new Taycan RWD operates via an 800-volt system that allows it to be charged from 5% to 80% in just under half an hour, when using a 175 kW DC charger, which when charged full, gives it a driving range of up to 431 Km in ideal conditions. The Taycan can be charged to full from empty by a conventional 22 kW connection in about 44 hours though, using its supplied Porsche Mobile Charger. 

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Despite being equipped with all the cutting-edge tech, the Porsche Taycan RWD certainly bears the distinct sporty dynamics and fully engaged handling of its revered 911 brethren, in a somewhat binary way. Porsche has managed to seamlessly fuse what is emotional and electric, and has eliminated anything that could be perceived as clinical with the new Taycan. Indeed it is soul electrified.