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  • (energetic music)

  • - Hey, everybody.

  • This is Sean from the Verge,

  • and I'm standing in front of Porsche's first

  • eclectic car, the Taycan.

  • Now, we've known about this car for a few years,

  • but today, we're actually gonna' spend

  • about five hours taking it on a road trip

  • outside of Los Angeles to really get a sense

  • of what it's all about.

  • So, let's go.

  • (energetic music)

  • - [Sean] So, one of the first things you notice

  • when you sit down in the Taycan,

  • is that it's just full of screens.

  • The sort of crown jewel of all of that

  • is this big boomerang-shaped display

  • up behind the steering wheel.

  • I actually really, really like it.

  • It's probably my favorite thing about the car so far.

  • Everything is crisp and sharp.

  • Then we have the main information touch screen

  • in the center of the dashboard,

  • and that's where all the infotainment stuff happens

  • this is where CarPlay happens,

  • there's no Android auto on the Taycan, just so you know.

  • And, then there's this touch screen in the center console

  • which is for climate, settings, and some other car settings

  • and things like that.

  • What's interesting about this center console touch screen

  • is that it has haptic feedback.

  • It has also a little bit more give to it,

  • so there's a sort of funking that's happening,

  • like a little buzz that's happening

  • to give you some feedback, and let you know

  • that your taps are being registered.

  • So, all the haptic feedback on this center console

  • is nice in theory, it's not really

  • doing a lot to help me solve the problem

  • of not really knowing exactly where I'm tapping.

  • It also doesn't help that I'm still not familiar

  • with the infotainment system and everything

  • and I'm sure you could get more used to it.

  • (energetic music)

  • So, electric cars are relatively quiet.

  • But, what Porsche did, it created this thing

  • called the Electric Sport Sound.

  • It is a $500 add-on to the Taycan.

  • So, a 150,000 or 180 some thousand, plus $500,

  • and this is the result.

  • I actually kinda like it.

  • It's louder than I expected.

  • Ready?

  • (car accelerating)

  • It's this very futuristic, smooth,

  • (car accelerating)

  • almost like sing-songy sound.

  • It's kinda wild.

  • For 500 bucks it better be.

  • All right, so we are at about the half-way point.

  • We've driven for about two hours now.

  • The car's down to 52% battery, 121 miles.

  • We actually don't have the full EPA estimate for range,

  • so, it's you know, mid-to-high 200's right now

  • based on the European model.

  • Maybe a little bit less when the EPA finally releases

  • its range figure.

  • The best part about this drive

  • is that the rest of it is going to be

  • almost completely through this really twisty, mountain road

  • with lots of elevation changes

  • which is wonderful because everything we've talked about

  • up until now, is really all about

  • like, the (mumbles) of the car,

  • and the technology that you'd use every day.

  • But, this is ultimately a performance car,

  • a sports car with how fast it is,

  • and that's what a lot of the people

  • who are gonna' be buying this car

  • are really going to be buying it for.

  • And, this is gonna' be a good chance for us

  • to put some of that performance to the test.

  • All right, ready?

  • Zero to 60 in three seconds.

  • - Oh! (laughing)

  • (car accelerating)

  • (laughing) - Oh, man.

  • - Yeah, that'll move ya'.

  • - [Sean] Tesla's similar, like launch mode,

  • definitely is as powerful as this.

  • There is something about this one though.

  • What Porsche did is it put a two-speed gearbox in this one,

  • almost specifically for those moments

  • where you're taking off from zero,

  • so that there's one gear dedicated to getting you

  • off the line as quick as possible.

  • I have not felt something that snaps like that,

  • even in another electric car.

  • That was really wild.

  • (upbeat music)

  • Porsche has spent a lot of time, actually,

  • working with electric motors.

  • This may be its first electric car,

  • but, Porsche has spent years

  • putting electric motor technology

  • into its motor sports division

  • and then transferring that to the road

  • with some of its hybrid cars

  • like the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid.

  • And, so, all of that is really coming together here

  • in the Taycan, as the first electric car

  • from Porsche built to perform like crazy.

  • So, this car has got the lowest center of gravity

  • out of any Porsche ever made which is great

  • because that means that it's a little bit easier

  • to make it through these turns

  • than it normally would be in a car

  • that weighs over 5,000 pounds.

  • The battery being all across the floor, like,

  • is the case in a lot of E-V's

  • means that it's just gonna' settle

  • right wherever you wanna' put it.

  • You have to be a little careful on the breaks

  • because the breaking isn't rock-solid

  • like you would expect in a super car,

  • or something built for the track.

  • But, the weight kind of helps you out with that.

  • But, breaking is not what's fun about this car.

  • What's fun is hitting the accelerator and going fast,

  • and that works pretty well.

  • (playful music)

  • So, we've made it to nearly our final destination.

  • We are clearly in a big-box parking lot

  • getting some charge from the electrify America chargers

  • which is the network being built out by Volkswagen,

  • which is Porsche's pairing company.

  • We came out of the mountains with about 24-ish percent

  • of the battery left after a good solid

  • four plus hours of driving

  • and in just under 20 minutes we've just added

  • 50% of the battery back to it

  • and that's not even reaching the full,

  • sort of charge rate this thing can take.

  • For whatever reason, we're not getting it

  • from the charger right now.

  • In the mountains I was working the car pretty hard

  • and at one point, got the battery down

  • to about low 70 miles and low 20% battery capacity

  • but the good thing is

  • that we were coming down out of the mountains

  • so the car was regenerating a bunch of energy

  • back into the battery,

  • and for a good 45 minutes we didn't lose any range.

  • Everything we were using to go fast,

  • we were making right back up by going right back downhill.

  • Big picture, a lot of people aren't going to own this car.

  • It's a very expensive car.

  • This wasn't even the most expensive spec

  • by any stretch of the imagination.

  • And, even the cheaper version that's going to be coming out,

  • that is slightly under the performance capabilities of this,

  • is still gonna' cost around $100,000.

  • So, we're talking about cars that are at,

  • or even in some cases, more expensive

  • than the other best performing electric cars on the market.

  • A lot of people have asked me who I think this car is for,

  • and you know, it's for people who want to own a Porsche

  • and maybe wanna' change up how that Porsche is powered.

  • That's basically the simplest way to put it.

  • This is not necessarily something people are gonna'

  • run out and buy because they wanna' feel a little bit better

  • about the environment.

  • This is something that people with the money to buy

  • a top-tiered Porsche are going to buy,

  • and the good thing is that it feels very much

  • like a car that makes no sacrifices,

  • compared to other Porsche's.

  • As for the really big questions,

  • like, is this better than a Tesla?

  • I can't really answer those

  • after just five hours in the car.

  • What I can tell you for sure after driving this car today,

  • is that we're gonna' be asking those questions

  • for a very long time.

  • Thanks everybody for watching.

  • Make sure you like and subscribe.

  • If you're really curious about Tesla,

  • and you haven't seen our video

  • about the Gigafactory last year,

  • we had a whole big feature on what they're doing

  • out in Reno, Nevada.

  • The batteries, the electric cars,

  • and the future of the company.

  • Go check it out.

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/11/07
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