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Porsche Taycan review – design

A faithful representation of the superb concept, if you specify it properly

Evo rating
  • Astounding, reliable performance from Turbo models; superb build quality
  • Huge weight; not especially roomy inside; top models are very expensive

The Taycan’s concept car-like design was unsurprisingly driven by the Mission-e concept, a model that on first impression is superbly reimagined for production – especially in certain colour combinations. The result is a typically Porsche design, with clean, voluminous bodywork bereft of too many sharp creases or intersecting lines.

The compact LED headlights and air-curtain graphic superbly references Porsche’s heritage models, but gives the Taycan a distinctive and contemporary look, while the razor-sharp rear lighting, flush handles and clean, confident glasshouse all look expensive and superbly executed.

If we’re being picky, it is a car that can be colour sensitive, but is damaged more by smaller wheel sizes, needing the full 21-inch options to really carry its curves and haunches. It also, just, looks a tad too dense around the rear screen. The concept’s rear screen actually separated itself from the rear haunches, creating a small slip of clear air that’s missing on the production car, which from certain angles, makes it look a tad frumpy. 

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Still, the Taycan has done a superb job of translating the concept’s design to production, and compared to the dated Model S and fussy Audi RS e-tron GT, is superbly judged.

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