For the 100 km / h test our route starts in Hoevelaken, where we take the A1 eastwards towards Apeldoorn. It is sunny spring weather, but with a temperature of 12.5 degrees Celsius it is not overly hot. There is only a light breeze (2-3 Bft), and while driving we mainly hear the rumble of the rubber rollers around the 21-inch light metal (option).
Porsche Taycan Performance Battery Plus: range at 100 km / h
Given the weight (2130 kg) and the peak power (476 hp) of the Porsche Taycan with Performance Battery Plus package, we are far from dissatisfied. After our back-and-forth A1 we arrive at an average of 21.3 kWh per 100 kilometers. If you stick to the maximum speed during the day under the same favorable conditions, the Porsche Taycan comes with a full battery (93.4 kWh) 438 kilometer watch.
When we compare the Porsche Taycan with recently tested electric cars, it is more inefficient than the Ford Mustang Mach-E, but less greedy than the Volvo XC40 Recharge. A big plus of the Porsche is its low Cd value of 0.22. This even makes it the most streamlined Porsche of the moment.
Porsche Taycan Performance Battery Plus: range at 130 km / h
When testing the range at 130 km / h, we had quite a setback on Sunday evening. Although the matrix signs above the road call to stay at home ‘together against corona’ as much as possible, it is incredibly busy. It has now cooled down to 3.5 degrees Celsius, so it doesn’t seem like the time for an evening picnic in the woods. Nor for an action range test at 130 km / h on the A1, by the way. In fact, we must abort our measurement prematurely. The average consumption at that time stands at 30.1 kWh / 100 km.
After a few more failed attempts that night, we quit. There is no other option than to make a new attempt early on Monday morning.
No sooner said than done. Monday morning it is again 3.5 degrees and almost windless. Towards the northeast we reach an average speed of 130 km / h with some difficulty. But on the way back we have to brake again and again. At 5.45 am we even end up in a train with trucks. Continuing makes no sense. We break down at a registered consumption of 27.2 kWh / 100 km. It is not an optimal test, yet we think that the average of the shortened evening and morning measurements (in two directions) gives a good indication. So we record 28.8 kWh / 100 km. That is not overly economical. The Polestar 2 (408 hp), for example, recorded 25 kWh / 100 km. But the difference with the Ford Mustang Mach-E is less than at 100 km / h. Thanks to its large battery, the Porsche Taycan still reaches 130 km / h 324 kilometer watch.
To be honest, we were quite skeptical about the Taycan’s range figures, but the supersport sedan certainly didn’t disappoint. Side note is that the Performance Battery Plus requires a substantial additional cost (6044 euros). With the standard 79.2 kWh battery, the driving range is likely to look less rosy.