2020 Porsche Taycan's “Overboost” Function Unlocks 700+ HP

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First drives of the 2020 Porsche Taycan are starting to pour in, and has published a few interesting details in regard to the Turbo S. Indeed, that’s how the range-topping option is expected to be called…
The Brits touch on this rumor as well, mentioning “the widely rumored Turbo and Turbo S in line with Porsche’s naming convention.” What boggles the mind, however, is that the Taycan is good for more than 700 horsepower and 750 pound-feet for 2.5 seconds at a time thanks to “overboost.”

Both the Turbo and Turbo S “have batteries rated above 90 kWh” and standard outputs “in excess of 600 horsepower” according to Autocar, and there are a few differences to speak. The S features stiffer suspension, carbon-ceramic brakes, and high-performance summer tires, but on the on the upside, the non-S model also offers the overboost function for brief periods of time.

Tipping the scales at around 2.25 tonnes, the Taycan is described as “blindingly quick.” Think below the three-second mark, which is better than Porsche’s quote for the Mission E concept that previewed the Taycan. Words like “violent” and “explosive” are used to pen the acceleration of the EV in the article, which goes to show that Tesla has something to be afraid of right now.

The Model 3 Performance – not the full-size Model S Performance – serves as the closest competitor to the Taycan Turbo S even though the two are worlds apart in terms of pricing and brand status. It’s also worth highlighting the Porsche isn’t a high-volume product although the Taycan had 30,000 reservations at the end of July 2019 from prospective customers from all over the world.

Autocar claims 310 miles of range based on the Mission E concept, translating to approximately 500 kilometers (WLTP). Because it’s smaller, lighter, and geared towards efficiency, the Model 3 Long Range is capable of 530-plus kilometers under the World Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure.

On an ending note, the first drive ends with this choice of words: “the best electric car yet to go on sale.” That’s a big claim, alright, so here’s looking at Porsche to deliver on this vote of confidence with the series-production model.
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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