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Test Porsche Taycan vs. Porsche Panamera: why an electric Porsche is more sporty

Externally, the Porsche Taycan and Porsche Panamera are quite similar. But technically they are completely different. On the one hand we see a 630 hp 4.0-liter V8 with two turbos, fed by a 90-liter fuel tank. On the other hand, we have two synchronous electric motors that get their energy from a 93.4 kWh battery pack. Normally the Taycan delivers 625 hp. In overboost mode, this increases to a staggering 761 horsepower. Both Porsches have four-wheel drive.

Acceleratietest Panamera met launch control

The acceleration of the Panamera is phenomenal, but it does follow the well-known pattern. Even though the eight-speed dual-clutch transmission works subtly and very quickly. You get the best sprint result with launch control. Foot on the brake, full throttle: launch controlmessage lights up. Release the brake, the speed increases, shifting, the speed drops, the speed increases, and so on. All this is accompanied by a fantastic eight-cylinder concert, which eventually leads to an apotheosis of 315 km / h. Or to a seizure of both driver’s license and car …

The latter is also your part if you let the Taycan free reins. Although its pedaling and almost silent acceleration leads to a peak of ‘only’ 260 km / h. But actually the whole way there is already one big, unreal party. Then we are not talking about a pleasant circle conversation with coffee and apple pie. Rather about a mind-altering one raveparty, with an abundance of alcohol and brightly colored pills.

All brakes are off with the Taycan Turbo S.

Immediately from a standstill, literally and figuratively all brakes are released and the giga couple pushes you deep into the leather. As the world around you passes by like a fast-paced Quentin Tarantino movie, you become lightheaded. And it goes on and on, until the moment the second stage of the rear axle is engaged and you get an extra kick in the back. Sensational.

Sprint Duel Panamera Vs. Taycan

The sprint from 0 to 50 km / h takes just 1.2 seconds in both cars, after which the Taycan continues to slow down:

Sprint            Panamera      Taycan

0-100 km/h        3,0 s            2,7 s

0-150 km/h        6,0 s            5,3 s

0-200 km/h      10,6 s            9,7 s

Efficient powertrains

If you want to get close to the specified consumption and range, it is better not to do this too often. Those who drive a bit normally will be surprised by the efficiency of both powertrains. During the test period, the Porsche Panamera showed an average consumption of 11.8 l / 100 km (1: 8.5), despite a considerable autobahn stage at more than 200 km / h. For the Porsche Taycan, we noted an average power consumption of 27.9 kWh / 100 km. This provides a range of more than 300 kilometers.

Admittedly, the Panamera pilot is back on the road faster after a refueling stop, but with the Taycan, ‘refueling’ does not have to take forever. Within 20 minutes of rapid charging, the battery pack is 80 percent full again. But then the charging station must also cooperate. Unfortunately, that is by no means always the case.

Price difference Porsche Panamera and Taycan

The Porsche Taycan Turbo S is therefore faster than the Panamera Turbo S. And it is cheaper too. Although we cannot call the Taycan Turbo S with a starting price of 191,700 euros with the best will in the world, not a bargain. Until you see the price of the Porsche Panamera Turbo S. This is still 60,000 euros higher in the Netherlands. As much as we love the ‘fossil’ engine roar of the Panamera, that love is paid extremely dearly upon purchase.

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