In the sixth installment of his automotive-centric YouTube series Auto Focus, MKBHD details his experience with the Porsche Taycan Turbo.
Marques Keith Brownlee, the man and well-known tech reviewer on YouTube behind the acronym, was given a Taycan Turbo to drive around for two weeks and then review. In his video, Marques shares his thoughts on sports car manufacturer Porsche’s entry into the electric vehicle game and how it fares against Tesla and other big names.
Boy am I glad I started this car video series. The Porsche Taycan is actually a VERY DIFFERENT car than any Tesla, and I hope to articulate that with Auto Focus. Should be a fun next few weeks of videos! pic.twitter.com/pPM7uXLer9
— Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) September 7, 2020
Packing 670 Horsepower, over 250 miles of range, and a 93 KWH battery, the Taycan Turbo goes 0-60 in 3 seconds and is definitely no slowpoke.
The absolute highlights of the Taycan Turbo for Marques were its interior – both in terms of quality and in layout – and the driving experience. “The driving experience is amazing,” remarked Marques, for whom the driving experience alone justifies the car’s $150,000+ price tag.
Marques also raved about the Taycan Turbo’s physical and premium-feeling Drive Mode knob, charging ports on both sides, proprietary 800V system for fast charging and heating/cooling efficiency, and its revolutionary 2-speed gearbox.
The biggest issue with the Taycan for Marques (and the majority of EV enthusiasts) pertains to on-the-road charging. The Taycan uses the Electrify America network of EV chargers, and there are significantly less of those around as compared to Tesla’s network of Superchargers – which don’t support charging for non-Tesla EVs (at least not officially!). With a considerably lower battery efficiency than that of your average Tesla, that can be a deal-breaker.
Marques went on to say that had it not been for the scarcity of charging stations for Porsche’s Taycan Turbo, he would take the car over his current Tesla any day of the week. According to Marques, Porsche has showcased a whole new approach to making electric cars by bringing the look, feel, and driving experience of its signature sports cars to an electric vehicle.
Well, this was all before Tesla unveiled the new Plaid Model S yesterday at Battery Day, to which Brownlee later tweeted, “I’m so in.” Go figure.
Tesla just announced the Plaid Model S
0-60 in under 2 seconds
Quarter mile under 10 seconds
520 miles of range
Available late 2021
I’m so in. pic.twitter.com/fK9tQmENaI
— Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) September 22, 2020
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