Porsche Tay­can

Rory Reid has driven the Mis­sion E Cross Turismo con­cept. They might just pull this off...

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It’s taken Porsche sev­eral years to ‘do a Tesla’ but it fi­nally has an EV plat­form with real po­ten­tial. I can re­port this be­cause while this con­cept ver­sion strictly isn’t road-le­gal, Porsche let me drive their price­less one-off on the pub­lic high­way, un­der the con­di­tion that I was ac­com­pa­nied by armed po­lice at all times. My rep­u­ta­tion pre­cedes me.

This isn’t the new Tay­can. That’s the pro­duc­tion ver­sion of the low-ly­ing Mis­sion E four-door un­veiled at the Geneva mo­tor show in 2015. This is its Cross Turismo cousin, a jacked-up, off-road-ready ‘cross-util­ity ve­hi­cle’ (CUV) aimed at ad­ven­tur­ous types. You know, ski­iers, surfers and yoga do­ers who want to go re­ally chuff­ing fast, but in com­plete si­lence. It’s pow­ered by two elec­tric mo­tors, one driv­ing each axle. To­tal sys­tem out­put is a whop­ping 600bhp, so un­sur­pris­ingly the An­gry Turismo is good for 0–100kph in 3.5secs. Keep it pinned and it’ll hit 200kph in 12. I wasn’t in a po­si­tion to ver­ify those fig­ures (it’s re­mark­able how sen­si­ble one’s driv­ing be­comes when be­ing fol­lowed by men with guns) but if true, that puts its ac­cel­er­a­tion on par with the Tesla Model S P100D.

The Fu­ri­ous Turismo al­ready feels well re­solved, like a Porsche should. EVs can have a ten­dency to mooch about in a soul­less fash­ion, but this is en­gag­ing. The steer­ing is di­rect and sur­pris­ingly com­mu­nica­tive. It cor­ners beau­ti­fully.

Sure, the built-in drone that fol­lows the car tak­ing self­ies is Porsche tak­ing the mickey, but the car un­der­neath should be ace. Roll on the real-life Tay­can in 2019... RORY REID

Tay­can: the car for­merly known as Mis­sion E. See p33for a pro­nun­ci­a­tion les­son

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