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Driving the $185,000 Porsche Taycan: It’s a Stealth Revolution

Some revolutions arrive by quantum leap, others by increments. With its new electric car, Porsche has done both—and with just a quiet whirr.

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Porsche CEO Says Preorders for Taycan Electric Car Have Jumped

When driving the 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S, there is a direct connection between aggression and battery life.

The ride up Highway 2 to Newcombs Ranch restaurant, high above Los Angeles, loops you through hills until you’re 5,600 feet above sea level. It’s a thrilling location to test the Taycan, the perfect place to revel in its whopping strength and inexorable speed. It also sucked almost 40% of the total battery life. As I climbed past the signs to Wrightwood and the hairpin curve carved next to the lonely ranger station halfway up, I watched the charge seep out of the car like I was watching my fate unfold in an old-fashioned hourglass.