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2025 Porsche Taycan First Drive Review: Disconcerting

The updated 2025 Porsche Taycan is mind-blowing.


Strengths

  • Incredible potential

  • Extremely easy to drive

  • Surprising comfort

2025 Porsche Taycan | Photo: Benoit Charette

Weaknesses

  • Very high price

  • Endless options

  • Braking could be better


The Taycan, this embodiment of automotive opulence, has received a considerable facelift  for 2025. In this edition, Porsche keeps the same base, but reinvents every facet of this road beast, from power to range to handling. With its Turbo GT, Porsche defies the laws of physics, transforming a 2.2-ton behemoth into a racing beast capable of shaking the icons of the market.


Revamped styling, subtle elegance

2025 Porsche Taycan | Photo: Benoit Charette

At first glance, the changes between the current generation and the next are barely perceptible. Updates are concentrated on the bumper, headlights, fenders and taillights. But the real changes lie beneath the vehicle, with aerodynamic tweaks for improved air dispersion and better ground contact. Porsche is pulling out all the stops to transform this sedan into an authentic sports car.


A monument of technology inside

The interior takes elegance to a new level, combining simplicity and technology in Porsche style. Customizable with a range of rich materials and colors, the cabin offers unparalleled comfort. From quad-zone air conditioning to massaging seats, luxury options abound, at a price that leaves you breathless, and everything is designed for the pleasure of driver and passengers alike. The instrument cluster, central display and optional passenger display feature an optimized user interface with additional functions. The steering wheel-mounted mode switch is now standard.

2025 Porsche Taycan | Photo: Benoit Charette

For Taycan models equipped with the Sport Chrono package and Performance Plus battery, there is a special button to push to change to the mode. Using the new lever on the left behind the steering wheel, control of the driver assistance systems is even more intuitive. Apple CarPlay has been integrated more deeply into the vehicle’s displays and functions. The new In-Car Video function allows videos to be streamed to the central and passenger screens.


Five versions

With five versions on the Canadian market, the Taycan offers a tempting range. From base models to Turbo GT versions, every option offers its share of luxury and power. But as the range rises, so does the price. We start with two Taycan 4S models. The first offers a smaller 89 kWh battery, while the Performance Plus version gets a 105 kWh battery, which is standard on all other models. Next up are the Turbo, Turbo S and Turbo GT versions, which can be paired with the Weissach package.

2025 Porsche Taycan | Photo: Benoit Charette

Headache-inducing power

With electric motors and dizzying figures, the Taycan defies the laws of physics. Blistering acceleration propels this sedan to insane speeds. There are lots of numbers, as Porsche’s Formula E overtaking options are used to boost the model’s power for 10 seconds. The 4S version produces a maximum output of 536 hp and 512 lb-ft of torque with the 89 kWh Performance battery. When fitted with the Performance Plus battery, it can generate up to 590 hp and 523 lb-ft. As for the Taycan Turbo, it can generate 871 hp and 693 lb-ft of torque.

Finally, there’s the Turbo GT, offering 1,109 hp and 1,098 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to the new push-to-pass function of the Sport Chrono package, up to 94 horsepower, depending on the model, can be obtained for 10 seconds at the touch of a button. Increased acceleration rates are generally the result of higher system power. For example, the Taycan Turbo S delivers 188 more horsepower than before with Launch Control. This brings the top model’s system output to 938 hp and 818 lb-ft of torque. The same system on the Turbo GT goes by the evocative name of Attack mode. 


So easy to drive

2025 Porsche Taycan | Photo: Benoit Charette

Due to an embargo on driving impressions for the Turbo GT version that lifts on April 10, we’re limiting our driving impressions to the other models in the range. To make your mouth water, let’s just say that it offers more of everything, so we’ll confine ourselves to that comment. What impresses most is how easy it is to drive. This immense technical mastery is due to a number of factors. These include the adaptive air suspension fitted as standard on all models, and above all the new Porsche Active Ride suspension option, which acts on all driving parameters.

This system acts like an electronic guardian, correcting your steering errors, eliminating understeer and oversteer, and leveling out road imperfections. In short, it makes you a better driver, over and above the 5 driving modes that change the parameters at the wheel. Even on low-profile 21-inch wheels, the Taycan Turbo S we drove never felt stiff or hard. There’s no one-pedal driving, and frankly, no one complained – it makes for a more natural and purer driving experience. Our Turbo S model pushed this 2,295-kilo carcass from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.4 seconds. And that’s not all: you’ll get to 200 km/h in 6.6 seconds. You have to experience it to be able to describe it. It’s both violent and so well controlled that it’s a little scary, as Porsche pushes the limits of what’s possible even for a driver with no real driving talent. This is one of the first models to make you a better driver, so effective are the driving aids.


The price

2025 Porsche Taycan | Photo: Benoit Charette

This paradigm of technology doesn’t come cheap, and Porsche is renowned for having one of the longest option lists on the market. For example, the starting price of a 4S at $135,600 is just an indication. The model we tested in Spain had $75,000 worth of options. Add to that $21,000 in luxury tax, other running costs and taxes on purchase, and you’ll end up paying $273,640 for a more well-equipped performance 4S. Using the same approach, the $196,800 base Turbo version climbs to $327,680. Our Turbo S, with a starting price of $328,200 in Cross Turismo trim, hid $54,400 worth of options and ended up costing $377,120. The Turbo GT starts at $270,000. This model will top $400,000 with options and all taxes.


Batteries and recharging

The Taycan 2025 can be recharged on 800-volt DC charging stations at a maximum power of 320 kW under ideal conditions. That’s 50 kW more than before. The fast-charge window of the new performance battery has been considerably enlarged. In addition, a 150 kW DC/DC converter is now included as standard, to optimize charging speeds on 400 volt networks. Depending on individual driving style, among other variables, this can reduce the time taken to go from 10% to 80% charge compared with the previous car.

2025 Porsche Taycan | Photo: Benoit Charette

In the first-generation Taycan, the charging time from 10% to 80% SOC at 15 degrees Celsius is 37 minutes. Under ideal conditions, the new Taycan takes just 18 minutes, despite a larger battery capacity. The advertised range for Europe is 636 km (WLTP) for models with Performance Plus batteries. The Turbo GT version achieves 555 km. Our one-day test on a Turbo version gave us an average power consumption of 20.71 kWh/100 km. A respectable figure for such a beast.


Conclusion

No other car, even a gasoline-powered one, has impressed me so much to date. The power is surreal, but it’s above all the ease with which this power can be controlled that sends shivers down my spine. Considering the weight and size of this car, you feel as if you’re defying the laws of gravity when you push it. The price to pay is astronomical, but the reward lives up to expectations.

2025 Porsche Taycan | Photo: Benoit Charette
2025 Porsche Taycan | Photo: Benoit Charette
2025 Porsche Taycan | Photo: Benoit Charette
2025 Porsche Taycan | Photo: Benoit Charette
2025 Porsche Taycan | Photo: Benoit Charette
2025 Porsche Taycan | Photo: Benoit Charette
2025 Porsche Taycan | Photo: Benoit Charette
2025 Porsche Taycan | Photo: Benoit Charette
2025 Porsche Taycan | Photo: Benoit Charette
2025 Porsche Taycan | Photo: Benoit Charette
2025 Porsche Taycan | Photo: Benoit Charette
2025 Porsche Taycan | Photo: Benoit Charette

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