Recent revisions to the fully-electric Porsche Taycan range include the introduction of a new GTS trim, in both sedan and Sport Turismo guises. Otherwise, Porsche’s first all-electric model remains unaltered from the 2022 model year.
2023 Porsche Taycan
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2023 Porsche Taycan Overview
Choosing Your Porsche Taycan
The ten-model Taycan range starts with the titular $88,150 base model, winding up to $191,450 for the Turbo S Cross Turismo. In between, you’ll find three body styles – the standard sedan, plus the very similar Sport Turismo and Cross Turismo fastbacks. The mid-range GTS Sport Turismo costs $137,450, while the cheapest Turbo model will set you back $154,750.
The all-electric Taycan offers seven powertrain configurations, producing huge variations in performance and economy. Porsche “up to” figures for all power outputs, with a base Taycan returning a maximum 402 hp at overboost and 254 lb-ft of torque; both figures are calculated with Launch Control activated. Every model has a permanent magnet and synchronous motor over the rear wheels, while all bar the base Taycan augment this with a similar setup at the front. By the time you reach Turbo S models, power output has soared to 750 hp and 774 lb-ft.
Fuel economy figures for the 2023 Taycan haven’t been released. The data for 2022 shows economy varying between an EPA-estimated 76 MPGe city, 84 mpg highway, and 79 combined for the RWD base model, down to 69/71/70 MPGe for the Turbo S sedan.
|Engine Type||Horsepower||Torque||Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined)|
|Taycan||321 hp||254 lb-ft||76/84/79 MPGe|
|4 Cross Turismo||469 hp||368 lb-ft||76/77/76 MPGe|
|4S||522 hp||479 lb-ft||79/80/79 MPGe|
|4S Cross Turismo||562 hp||479 lb-ft||75/75/75 MPGe|
|GTS||590 hp||626 lb-ft||N/A|
|GTS Sport Turismo||590 hp||626 lb-ft||N/A|
|Turbo||670 hp||626 lb-ft||71/75/73 MPGe|
|Turbo Cross Turismo||670 hp||626 lb-ft||72/72/72 MPGe|
|Turbo S||750 hp||774 lb-ft||69/71/70 MPGe|
|Turbo S Cross Turismo||750 hp||774 lb-ft||74/73/73 MPGe|
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
Cargo capacity for the four-seater Taycan stands at 14.3 cu ft behind the rear seats, with 2.9 cu ft in the front luggage compartment. Cross Turismo models offer folding rear seats which increase cargo capacity to 41.4 cu ft, while cargo figures in the fractionally larger Sport Turismo are 15.8 and 42.8 cu ft with the rear seats up or down.
Every Taycan incorporates eight cabin airbags, lane keep assist, and traffic sign recognition. This is bundled in with front and rear park assistance, plus what Porsche calls Warn and Brake Assist, helping to reduce the severity of accidents. Safety doesn’t improve as you move up the range, with features like cruise control and Porsche’s Vehicle Tracking System fitted on every model.
The Taycan’s dashboard sports a 10.9-inch configurable central display, above an 8.4-inch center console control panel. There are also optional 10.9-inch front passenger displays and 5.9-inch rear touchscreens for operating the (also optional) heated and ventilated rear seats.
Notifications from connected devices are logged and available once it’s safe to access them, via wireless Apple CarPlay but only wired Android Auto. The stock stereo is a ten-speaker 150-watt affair with satellite and HD radio, while four USB ports join inductive smartphone charging on the standard specs list. Higher trims offer a Bose surround sound stereo, though you could spend almost $6,000 adding a Burmester system.
As the only RWD model, the base Taycan incorporates LED lights and 19-inch aero wheels. Inside, there’s dual-zone climate with parking pre-climatization, eight-way power for the heated front seats, LED interior lighting, and a leather-bound multifunction sports steering wheel.
Porsche offers almost 200 optional extras on the base Taycan and 4 Cross Turismo alone, but the main bundle is the $7,150 Premium Package. Its 11 features include a Bose surround sound system, a fixed panoramic roof, ventilated 14-way power front seats with memory, a surround-view camera system, and power-folding outside mirrors.
Subtle enhancements on S trims include brushed aluminum door sill guards, dynamic headlights, and ambient interior lighting. However, the main improvements center on its superior performance and all-wheel drive.
The Premium Package drops in price to $5,870, while the $6,450 Performance Package combines torque vectoring and a sports chrono package for the dash with dynamic chassis control and rear-axle steering.
You’ll hear the GTS before you see it, thanks to Porsche’s Electric Sport Sound system. Brushed black aluminum appears in a black-accented cabin with a Race-Tex sport steering wheel, while the adaptive sports seats gain 18-way adjustment and comfort memory. The headrests are embroidered with a black GTS logo, with red brake calipers and 20-inch wheels preceding 390/358mm internally vented front and rear brake discs.
The Premium Package is now $5,160, with the Performance Package unavailable. The Technology Package costs $5,300 and includes a passenger screen, head-up display, remote parking assistance, and adaptive cruise control. You can still go mad with standalone options, adding anything from ceramic composite brakes with yellow calipers ($9,080) to night vision ($2,420).
The Turbo attempts to keep its prodigious power under control with Porsche’s Torque Vectoring Plus system, while the brake discs expand to 410mm and 365mm with surface coating and white brake calipers. Internally, the stereo is uprated to a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound affair, pumping out 710 watts into a leather interior featuring stainless steel pedals and a Race-Tex roof lining. The rear seats are heated, too.
The $4,570 Premium and $5,410 Performance Packages are reprised, as is the $5,300 Technology Package. A 3D Burmester surround sound system will cost you $5,810, and massaging ventilated front seats retail at $2,000.
Perhaps surprisingly, there’s little difference between the Turbo S and its cheaper namesake in terms of its cabin. There are matte carbon fiber finishes inside and out, but otherwise you’re looking at Turbo S logos and the presence of a Sport Chrono package as internal points of difference.
At least the car’s underpinnings are enhanced; this is the first Taycan with rear-axle steering and Porsche’s Torque Vectoring Plus package as standard. It comes with ceramic composite brakes with 420/410mm front and rear cross-drilled brake discs, behind 21-inch high-gloss black wheels.
The Premium and Technology packages are once again carried over.
Your choice of Taycan is ultimately going to depend on how much performance you want, and which body style meets your approval. Considering its vast options list, you can build any model to your preferred specifications, meaning there’s no need to choose pricier trims unless you want their additional power.