- EPA range for Porsche Taycan Turbo S not quite 200 miles, just over 300 kilometres
- Range is far below direct competitors
- Less range than Taycan Turbo
The 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S has been rated at 192 miles of range by the EPA. That equals 307 kilometres which is surprising given the Taycan Turbo S’ large 93-kWh battery.
Surprising may not be the right word. Disappointing is probably more accurate. On the other hand, the Taycan Turbo’s range (201 miles or 320 kilometres) was also surprising and/or disappointing. More powerful, the Taycan Turbo S was always going to have less range.
Still, with a starting price of $213,900 in Canada and $185,000 in the U.S., the Taycan Turbo S is almost double the price of the most powerful Tesla Model S. The latter offers 348 miles of range (560 kilometres) which is quite a bit more (that’s an understatement) than the Taycan Turbo S.
Now, actual range in the Taycan appears to be greater than published numbers. In an independent test conducted by California-based AMCI in December, a Taycan Turbo posted range numbers that were closer to the 279 miles reached in European WLPT testing.
There are two ways to look at this. Somebody who will put down the kind of money needed to put a Taycan Turbo S in the garage isn’t likely too concerned about range. The car will be a status symbol more than anything else. If said owner needs to go further than 200 miles, they will take their Cayenne Turbo or G-Class or whatever high-performance car they will surely have lying around.
On the other hand, the Porsche Taycan was expected to be a game-changer in the electric vehicle world. The performance is certainly remarkable, but the range is far from scary for Tesla.
We’re thinking this won’t phase anyone interested in the Taycan Turbo S, but we would have liked at least 250 miles of range regardless.