Where style meets performance

Adib Noor

My colleague and I from the Bulletin recently had the opportunity to test out the all new Porsche Taycan on the local roads.

The Taycan, Porsche’s first fully electric sports car, is a four-door sports sedan that features the prestigious German carmaker’s renowned style, performance and state-of-the-art technology.

On the exterior there is no denying Porsche’s striking proportions, with a timeless and instantly recognisable design. On the inside we are welcomed by a spacious interior that can easily accomodate four people. It even features two practical compartments for grocery, if you want to shop in style, that is.

The highlight of the interior, however, is its futuristic and immersive cockpit design, which features a 16.8-inch touchscreen that acts as the control centre for the driver. With minimal physical controls, there is no denying that Porsche is pushing the envelope in designing a car for the future.

The Taycan is the first fully-electric production vehicle with a system voltage of 800 volts instead of the usual 400 volts, the same patented technology which Porsche won the 24 hours of Le Mans in the 919 Hybrid back in 2015 and 2017. It has been perfected and now incorporated into the Porsche commercial line.

When it comes to performance, even the entry-level Taycan packs a punch.

The all new Porsche Taycan. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR
Taycan interior boosts futuristic and immersive cockpit design

Acceleration can be had in an instant once you step on the pedal. There are different modes for drivers to choose from, which showcase the sports car’s adaptive technology: ‘Range mode’ which is aimed at efficiency, allowing for longer drives; ‘Normal mode’ which is the default setting allowing the Taycan to deliver power output in a linear basis; “Sport” mode which focusses on rear based distribution aiming at performance and even lower the suspension up to 22 millimetres depending on the speed; and ‘Sport Plus’ mode puts an even more dynamic spin on the driver’s style, adjusting the battery’s cooling system automatically tweaking it for maximum performance; and even extending the rear spoiler for minimal lift.

Being a fully-electric vehicle, the Taycan produces zero C02 emissions. In addition, on a single charge the Taycan can cover a distance of close to 400 kilometres thanks to its 79kWh battery, which is more than enough for a memorable drive.

A representative from QAF Eurokars explained that, as part of the ownership experience that Porsche is known for, QAF Eurokars offers owners intelligent and holistic charging solutions for Taycan owners, with equipment that includes a 22kW Porsche Mobile Charger Plus and the Porsche Home Energy Manager.

The service also includes home charge checks which will be performed to determine if the installation would be viable due to the variables in power availability and dwelling type of the home of a Taycan owner.

Information, such as the living and parking space situation, existing power connections and Internet availability – is collected to determine the basic prerequisites for using the Porsche charging equipment at the desired location.

To assure would-be owners, a full electrical and spatial check of the parking facilities will be conducted by a certified service provider engaged by QAF Eurokars upon agreement with the customer of a home check.

A post-report from the home visit will subsequently be generated to determine compatibility of the charging equipment and next steps for an optimal home charging process.

The Taycan is an electric car that blazes the road in style, which is an achievement in itself balancing the new era of progress and still maintaining the heritage of Porsche.

With approximately 20,000 vehicles delivered all around the world in the first half of 2021 alone, it seems that Porsche enthusiasts out there are embracing Porsche’s first fully electric sports car with open arms, with sales on par with those of the Porsche’s iconic 911.

The Taycan is truly an impressive vehicle both in performance and technological advancement.

Currently there are four different variants of the fully electric sports car in the Sultanate – the flagship Taycan Turbo S, Taycan Turbo and Taycan 4S, and the new entry-level Taycan