The Porsche Taycan Turbo and Turbo S lead the way in the electric sports car category. The Taycan is responsible for bringing all that is great about Porsche to the future of high-performance motoring, and the Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S put the model on a pedestal for motor enthusiasts adapting to our increasingly electrified world.
Whilst the Taycan represents an extraordinary technical achievement as the brand’s first fully electric model, it is still unequivocally a Porsche through and through. Breathtakingly fast and with distinctly dynamic Mission E-esque lines, the Turbo and Turbo S certainly deliver everything you love about driving: powerful acceleration, smooth braking and incredible cornering. All supported by a massive amount of capability and practicality.
Every Porsche driver is unique, just like how every Porsche model derivative is unique. The Taycan Turbo and Turbo S are as different as they are similar. Here we cast an expert eye over the pair to see how they compare, from exterior highlights, interior styling, performance, power and technology.
Porsche Taycan power
Both models have electric dual-motor All Wheel Drive (AWD) with Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors (PMSM) at the rear axle. The Turbo S is the flagship of the Taycan range and produces an astonishing 760 hp with Launch Control, whilst the Turbo still gives you a more than impressive 680 hp. Total maximum torque for the Turbo S can reach up to 1050 nm, while the Turbo pushes 850 nm. The weight-to-power ratio for the Taycan Turbo S is 6.8 lbs/hp, with its sibling not far behind with 7.6 lbs/hp.
Porsche Taycan Turbo S
Porsche Taycan Turbo
The different coloured brake calipers indicate the model variant, as well as the materials involved in production: white for the Turbo's Porsche surface-coated brakes (PSCB) and yellow for the Porsche ceramic composites brakes (PCCB) featured on the Turbo S.
Porsche Taycan Turbo specs
Both Taycans are electrically powered by two potent motors – one 190mm/160mm electric motor on the front axle and one 245mm/210mm on the rear axle. Both use the same 600-A pulse inverter on the rear axle. The difference is in the front axle pulse inverters where the Turbo S gets double the power with a 600-A, compared to the Turbo’s 300-A.
The Turbo S has a further edge on power, due to its technological relationship with the 99X electric Porsche Formula E Racer. Some of this ground-breaking technology includes permanent magnet synchronous motors, a DC-DC converter, and the remarkable Porsche Recuperation Management, which uses the electrical components that power the car as generators, increasing the efficiency of the vehicle.
Taycan top speed
Both the Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S have a top speed of 161 mph, so you won’t be disappointed if straight line speed is your passion. The Taycan Turbo S accelerates from 0-62 mph in 2.8 seconds, while the Turbo takes just 3.2 seconds with Launch Control. Estimated quarter-mile times are equally impressive. 11.1 seconds for the Turbo and 10.8 seconds for the Taycan Turbo S with Launch Control.
Porsche Taycan interior
The cabin of the Porsche Taycan Turbo S pays homage to its sports car heritage with a smart two-tone leather-free interior accented in dark silver, matt carbon interior trim, Race-tex roof lining and GT multi-function sports steering wheel.
The Taycan Turbo’s interior feels more classic, featuring a smooth finish leather with accents in black, Race-tex roof lining and a multi-function leather sports steering wheel.
The headrests in both models feature their respective logos with heated seats adding to the comfort provided for both the driver and passenger. The main difference is the front seats, with 18-way electric adaptive Sports seats in the Turbo S and 14-way electric Comfort seats in the Turbo.
Both the Taycan Turbo and the Turbo S feature all the latest Porsche technological innovations, including:
- Keyless start and driver personalisation options
- Lane Keeping Assist with traffic sign recognition, collision, brake assist, and front and rear ParkAssist
- Curved 16.8-inch touch control display with Porsche Communication Management system, Porsche Connect and 14 speaker BOSE Surround Sound System
- Advanced climate control with parking pre-climatisation, thermally insulated glass and active carbon fine dust filter to protect you from particles, pollen, and odours
- Simple and intelligent home charging solutions
Porsche Taycan price
The price of the Porsche Taycan Turbo starts from £119,900 with the Taycan Turbo S starting at £142,400, reflecting its extra power and additional specification.