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How we’d spec a 2020 Porsche Taycan

Everyone’s dreaming of buying a new 2020 Porsche Taycan. Here’s how we’d have our Taycan delivered to us.

If you’ve already had enough of reading about the all-new, 100% electric Porsche Taycan, best to sit down and brace for lots more stories on what will surely go down as the most anticipated car of the decade.

The 2020 Porsche Taycan broke cover only a few days and we were there to witness it all. To say we were surprised that the car is as drop-dead gorgeous as it is, or as desirable would be flat-out lying. As we stand at the automotive industry fork-in-the-road, the Porsche Taycan represents, more than any other EV, the coming together of power, performance, luxury all in a most aspirational package.

Can more than 40,000 pre-orders, more than 40,000 future Porsche Taycan owners be wrong? Can more than 40,000 future Porsche Taycan owners who had never seen, driven or even priced the Taycan be off? We don’t think so.

If we were some of the 40,000 in line for a Taycan, this is how we’d spec ours out.


Version

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S in Carmine Red
2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S in Carmine Red | Photo: Porsche

The 2020 Porsche Taycan will be available as both a $173,900 Turbo and a $213,900 Turbo S. Although the Turbo would do just fine, we’d have to go with the Turbo S.

The Turbo S features a number of components as standard over the Turbo. Specifically, it includes a fixed panoramic glass roof, 18-way adaptive sport seats, 21-inch wheels, massive Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB), Rear axle steering (RAS) with power steering plus and loads more including Power with a capital “P”.

Opting for the Turbo S means that the front permanent magnet synchronous electric motor produces 255-horsepower (190 kW) and 295 lb.-ft. (400 Nm) of torque (over the Turbo’s 228-horsepower (170 kW) and 221 lb.-ft. (300 Nm) of torque.) The difference in its output means the Turbo S’ full power is a whopping 560 kW or 761-horsepower and 1,050 Nm or 774 lb.-ft. of torque in “overboost” mode.


Options

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S in Carmine Red
2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S in Carmine Red | Photo: Porsche

Building a Porsche on their Car Configurator is possibly the most fun you can have designing a car and burning an hour or two at the same time.

We’d get the Porsche Mobile Charger with the Home Energy Manager, the 21″ Taycan Exclusive Design wheels with carbon fibre aeroblades, the grey/black leather-free Race-Tex interior, the full SportDesign package, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport), front seat ventilation, Bordeaux Red seatbelts with matching Sport Chrono clock dial for a total of nearly $21,500 in options.


Color

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S in Mamba Green Metallic and Frozen Blue Metallic animation
2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S in Mamba Green Metallic and Frozen Blue Metallic | Photo: Porsche

This may very well be the most difficult decision to make. Mamba Green with the SportDesign package and carbon fibre aeroblade wheels doesn’t quite work but the green is sublime. Frozen Blue is a better fit the CF accents and bits.

In the end however, we’d have to go with the $3,590 Carmine Red shade. It is utter perfection.


Lease or Finance?

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S in Carmine Red
2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S in Carmine Red | Photo: Porsche

Difficult to say at this point in time. Our prized Taycan Turbo S sports a $238,970 price tag with options but no taxes or other related fees.

In order to move forward, through the Configurator, gaining more details about actually purchasing or leasing the Taycan requires sharing personal information and submitting it to a dealership. Given that we’re not quite ready to spend this kind of money, we’ll hold off.

More likely than not, leasing the Porsche Taycan will make more sense for the vast majority of those who can afford it. Be it as a business expense or because the technology progresses at such a rapid rate, leasing may prove to be the safer and wiser alternative.


2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Colors Gallery

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S in White | Photo: Porsche

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S in Volcano Grey Metallic | Photo: Porsche

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S in Jet Black Metallic | Photo: Porsche

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S in Mamba Green Metallic | Photo: Porsche

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S in Frozen Blue Metallic | Photo: Porsche

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S in Gentian Blue Metallic | Photo: Porsche

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S in Dolomite Silver Metallic | Photo: Porsche

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S in Carrara White Metallic | Photo: Porsche

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S in Carmine Red | Photo: Porsche

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S in Black | Photo: Porsche

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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