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Here's why the Porsche Taycan is the Most important car of 2019

Maybe even the most important car of the decade?

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Whether or not you agree with that statement, you can't deny that the Taycan is incredibly significant. More than ever, electric cars are sweeping the world. Automakers are fully dedicating themselves to switching full-electric power. Most recently, Cadillac said they want to become fully electric by 2030, and Ferrari is switching in 2025. Not to mention the car brands that are already fully electric, such as Rivian and Tesla.

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So many automakers are pouring billions of dollars into making electric cars, but yet, none of them are even slightly bothering the reigning king: Tesla. I'll tell you what, I don't hear people talking about how the Nissan Leaf is rad, just like nobody is going out of their way to talk about the MX-30. On the contrary, I bet you've heard a million people talking about the new Cybertruck in one way or the other. Even the guy who says his favorite car is "that fast red Ferrari" knows about the Cybertruck.

And right about this time where the Porsche Taycan comes into play. When the Taycan came out, the internet had an absolute meltdown, but most importantly, an automaker finally was able to put some pressure on Tesla. As proof, Elon Musk went after Top Gear (again) after seeing the Porsche Taycan Turbo S beat the Model S P100D.

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And here's the thing, the Taycan isn't just a distraction to Tesla: it's leaving a mark. As a matter of fact, people all around would rather have the Taycan over the Tesla Model S P100D. And that's exactly why the Taycan is the most important car of the year, and yes, perhaps the decade.

Conclusion

And for those of you who disagree, here me out. Sure, you might deem the Cybertruck as the most important car of the year, and I respect that. But as soon as another truck will be able to top the Cybertruck, that truck will, in my mind, instantly become much more important. Tesla sets the bar for electric cars, and if you're able to exceed Tesla's bar, Tesla finally has competition. That's exactly what Porsche did: they set the fastest lap time around the Nuremberg for 4-door sedans. More importantly, the Taycan stole Tesla's spotlight, and it's the only car that has been able to do that thus far.

I fully understand that is is a bold statement, so I invite you to challenge me in the comments. And while you're at it, check out the poll!

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  • The Taycan is the most overhyped EV of 2019. The far more realistic EPA range estimate of barely over 200 miles on a 90kWh battery (vs 370 miles on a 100kWh battery for the Model S) means that the Taycan shows how far behind Porsche and VW are on EV drive train and battery tech as it consumes a whopping 67% more energy per mile than a Model S (450W/mile vs 270W/mile) which has more powerful motors. And the Model 3 is even more efficient than the S.

    In other words, all those petrol heads whining about the lack of EV range when it comes to Tesla, who turn around to praise the Porsche Taycan despite its pitiful range for a car with that large a battery, are really paying more attention to the the badge rather than the tech.

    Don’t get me wrong, the Taycan is significant in that it finally shows established car makers are taking EVs seriously. But it also shows just how far behind they are.

      9 months ago
    • I just said it is not the most important for this year because it isn’t being delivered this year.

        9 months ago
    • I fully agree that the Taycan doesn’t match Tesla’s figures. Nowhere near for some. But the fact that it got that close says a lot.

        9 months ago
  • The more I read about it the more disappointed I get. It's expensive, has an awful screen, and pitiful range. I'd be able to beat one in a model 3 LR by virtue of not having to recharge so often.

      9 months ago
    • I will agree: the screen is terrible. CLIMATE CONTROLS NEED TO BE BUTTONS!!!!

        9 months ago
    • It's not even that! It's the screen is one of those shitty ones that need to have a thousand pounds of pressure to activate shit! I'm not opposed to screen climate stuff if it's still easy. And this isn't bloody easy.

        9 months ago
  • If you had said “most important car of 2020” I would have agreed, but as it is, Porsche didn’t released the vehicle for 2019 so I must disagree with them having most important this year. Arguably, the Model 3s success getting production up and proving BEVs can be profitable makes it the most important.

    I would bet on Cybertruck for 2021 though.

      9 months ago
    • The success of the Model 3 roll-out is indeed impressive, considering Tesla as a company had no experience of mass producing cars to those volumes.

        9 months ago
    • Considering people have already reviewed the Taycan... I would say it’s fair to count it for 2019.

        9 months ago
  • As much as I want to have the Taycan be dominant, it's still much more expensive, not really any faster, and has much worse range. In the end the Tesla is still a handsome car as well. Sure the Tesla has build quality issues and the interior of the Porsche is much better. But we need to see Taycan sales numbers after the pre-orders. We need long term tests. That's why I don't think the Taycan is the most important car of 2019. It's a lot of hype and it isn't out in enough numbers to have any real data. Some of that hype is dwindling as the performance, cost, and range numbers come out as well.

    Most important car of 2019 for me? Between these: Audi E-Tron, Volvo XC40, Ford Ranger, or Jaguar I-Pace. I'm sure I'm forgetting something, but the Taycan isn't game changing in any way. And there aren't enough on the roads yet to see any effect.

      9 months ago
    • I agree with everything but one aspect: the Taycan has the fastest lap record on the Nuremberg for 4 door sedans. Obviously the Taycan is game changing in that regard.

        9 months ago
    • *Nurburgring. Also a modified Model S that will likely see production beat it by 20 seconds. So I wonder how close a standard Model S P100D (which is still 75k cheaper) would do.

        9 months ago
  • I think its definitely one of the most beautiful cars of the year

      9 months ago
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