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The 2025 Porsche Taycan Redefines Range and Power

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Porsche’s 2025 Taycan Raises the Bar for Range and Power

The facelifted EV delivers gas car-like range … and supercar-like horsepower.

When it first launched back in 2019 — which just five years ago, although I don’t blame you if it feels like twice that — the Porsche Taycan was, as Ron Burgundy might have put it, kind of a big deal. As Porsche’s first electric car, expectations were incredibly high, yet the folks in Zuffenhausen overdelivered with a battery-powered sport sedan that delivered Porsche-worthy handling, driving pleasure and style.

As time went on, Porsche’s inaugural electric effort proved its worth time and time again. Independent tests proved the Turbo S model was capable of beating its ludicrous-sounding acceleration times. Real-world experience proved it could easily exceed its (admittedly conservative) EPA-rated range in daily driving. And new models and adjustments reiterated that the team who’d created the 911 and Boxster had very clearly learned how to transfer their expertise to the electric world.

All this paved the way for the brand’s next electric vehicle effort: the volume play that is the new Macan EV crossover. Yet Porsche didn’t neglect the Taycan while whipping up its little brother; in fact, Zuffenhausen has made the lead-off hitter of its electric lineup even better.

The 2025 Taycan boasts a bigger battery and faster charging

In order to succeed, any electric car worth its salt needs to be able to do two things: travel a reasonable distance on a single charge, and recharge quick enough to keep drivers from waiting too long at a fast-charging station. Here in 2024, if your EV can’t do 250 miles on a charge and soak up power at a peak rate of at least 150 kW, you’re behind the curve.

Not surprisingly, Porsche outdid itself on both measures. The 2025 Taycan can guzzle up electricity at a mighty impressive 320 kW under ideal conditions, a 50-kW increase from the previous model. Find a potent enough Level 3 plug, and the Taycan can go from 10 percent to 80 percent charged in just 18 minutes.

In addition, the Performance Battery Plus — the pack found on most Taycans — grows from 93 kWh gross capacity to 105 kWh, an increase of around 8 percent. (The brand didn’t make a mention of the standard battery, but we’d guess the take rate on it is low enough that its size is irrelevant to most buyers.)

rear of light blue porsche taycan driving up a coastal road at sunset
The 2025 Taycan looks almost identical to the old model outside; inside, however, it’s greatly improved.
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Porsche’s release didn’t make claims as to how far that will carry the new car, but the automaker did let select journalists take prototypes for a highway drive in California just before the reveal. Driving rear-wheel-drive versions (i.e. the variant optimized for the greatest range), media types from the likes of Autocar, Car and Driver and Car all saw their cars turn in maximum ranges of 340–360 miles in restrained Southern California highway driving.

green porsche taycan cross turismo driving off road
The Cross Turismo is no Outback Wilderness, but it’s happy to attack a dirt road.
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The 2025 Taycan is even quicker — like, crazy quick, in some cases

Of course, while range and charging may excite the EV fandom, Porschephiles are obsessed with a more traditional type of performance — and the brand made sure to deliver on their hopes. The brand was cagey on specifics besides mentioning a new rear motor, but it did state that “all updated models accelerate significantly faster than their predecessors,” providing examples from either end of the range: the RWD base car accelerates from 0-60 mph six-tenths of a second quicker than the previous model, while the Taycan Turbo S does the same dash three-tenths of a second quicker than its predecessor

Given that Porsche’s own acceleration figures are reliably and almost laughably conservative, it’s better to put that into context with the results from an independent third party. C/D‘s test of the RWD base Taycan saw it do the 0-60 in 4.7 seconds, so the new version seems primed to do it in 4.1. Meanwhile, the most recent Taycan Turbo S tested by C/D did its naught-to-60 in 2.4 seconds, so the 2025 version should do it in (gulp) 2.1.

Speaking of the Taycan Turbo S, it was the only model where the carmaker specified its maximum power output. Lock in Launch Control, and the top-trim variant will generate a stunning 938 horsepower.

Anyone strictly concerned with going fast in a straight line might be better off suited with a Tesla or a Hellcat, though. Porsches are made to turn and stop as well as they can accelerate, and the facelifted Taycans have been improved in these respects, as well.

Air ride suspension is standard across the board, but handling enthusiasts will be psyched to hear that the Porsche Active Ride suspension system introduced on the facelifted Porsche Panamera is available on any 2025 Taycan with all-wheel-drive. This fully active system uses hydraulic pumps to push on each corner of the car independently, increasing comfort by canceling out unwanted motions without sacrificing grip and performance. And when the time comes to slow down, the updated Taycan can recuperate electrons at up to 400 kW while decelerating.

The latest Taycan goes on sale this summer, in sedan and Cross Turismo (a.k.a. wagon) forms

On top of all these changes, of course, there are the usual assortment of mid-life cycle updates: slight changes to the exterior design including new headlights, new interior options (including two leather-free trims that use microsuede and wool in a houndstooth pattern) and, on the tech front, the latest version of Apple CarPlay that is more deeply integrated into the car, enabling it to directly control certain vehicle functions.

While Porsche may have axed the wagon for the latest generation of Panamera, it’s keeping the two-box Cross Turismo version around for the Taycan. As before, the line leads off with the rear-wheel-drive base model, starting right around a cool $100K.

  • 2025 Taycan (RWD): $101,395
  • 2025 Taycan 4 Cross Turismo: $113,095
  • 2025 Taycan 4S: $120,495
  • 2025 Taycan 4S Cross Turismo: $127,195
  • 2025 Taycan Turbo: $175,595
  • 2025 Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo: $178,295
  • 2025 Taycan Turbo S: $210,995
  • 2025 Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo: $213,695

Porsche Taycan

The Porsche Taycan is the brand’s first electric car, a four-door sedan that slots between the 911 and Panamera in size and performance. It also comes in five-door station wagon form, although most wagons are marketed as soft-road oriented “Cross Turismo” variants. A variety of power levels are on offer at various prices, ranging from the rear-wheel-drive base sedan to the all-wheel-drive, supercar-quick Turbo S. All variants offer excellent handling and great range, however.

Specs

Battery size 105 kWh (Performance Battery Plus)
Maximum rate of charging 320 kW
Maximum power 938 hp (Turbo S)
Seats 4

Pros

  • Acceleration ranges from excellent to expletive-worthy
  • Excellent range for an electric car
  • Extreme fast-charging capability
  • Porsche-worthy build quality

Cons

  • Not cheap
  • Fairly small interior for a sedan
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