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Journalist Jerry Perez writes “Uploaded to YouTube over the weekend, footage shows in-car camera views Famous Test Driver Stig at his daytime job. While seeing exterior angles of the Taycan barreling into corners and blasting down straightaways would’ve been cool, there are a few things we can appreciate from seeing two different in-cabin views. First, there’s the sound emanating from the two axle-mounted motors and 93.4-kWh battery, which produce a thunderous 750 horsepower and 774 pound-feet of torque. The futuristic whirr sounds more like a muscle car out of the Jetsons than any other Porsche we’ve ever heard”.
Then there’s the savagery of it all. Notice how the Stig is constantly making small corrections with the steering wheel on corner entry, mid-corner, and then again on corner exit. The first couple of corners seem to go according to plan with smooth transitions from one apex to the other, but things get a little more exciting when he reaches the Hammerhead, as the understeer-inducing corner tries to throw off the Taycan’s all-wheel-drive and two-speed transmission. Despite its best efforts, the Stig manhandles the Porsche through the tight right-hander before blasting away to the Follow-Through, where it probably has the biggest “oh-crap” moment of the lap. The famous test driver wraps up the session by pushing as hard as possible through the final two corners, where the Taycan’s suspension is tested as it hits the notorious potholes found near the finish line.
The Taycan Turbo S’s lap time of 1:17.6 is good on its own, but to get an understanding of just how good it is, you must know that it’s nearly a whole second faster than a Bugatti Veyron and equally as fast as a Koenigsegg CCX around the iconic airfield, according to the official Power Lap Times.
High-five, Porsche” Perez concludes.
Whereas Journalist/Race Car Driver Chris Harris has finally driven the Porsche Taycan Turbo S around the famed Top Gear track and as Journalist Andrei Nedelea writes “spoiler alert, he likes it a lot”.
“The Taycan is one of the hottest all-electric performance cars currently out and while other journalists have had a chance to test out its handling, I’m pretty sure many were reserving final judgment after hearing the verdict from Mr. Harris” he writes. The Turbo S will be featured on Top Gear, where Harris does several fast starts in the Taycan Turbo S, pointing out that the 761 horsepower electric sedan can do this repeatedly, without requiring a cooldown period. He the proceeds to drive it around the well known Top Gear track set up around the Dunsfold aerodrome in Surrey, in the United Kingdom.
And while he does appreciate its grip and handling poise, especially considering the car’s weight, he does get its tail out on a few smoky corner exits, building anticipation to watch the full feature when the next episode of Top Gear airs tomorrow. I don’t think, however, that its segment on the show will feature a range test, since it’s all about seeing how fast it goes and how well it steers and stops, but we have you covered on that”.