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Video: Going 'banzai' through the canyons in a Porsche Taycan Turbo S

Monday, December 9, 2019

Article by Damon Lowney

The Porsche Taycan has been making the rounds for various automotive publications, yet we've been anxiously awaiting the verdict from The Smoking Tire's Matt Farah, who unflinchingly gives an honest opinion in his One Take videos. This morning he finally released his review of the Taycan Turbo S, and it makes us even more excited to spend more time behind the wheel of the EV.

In Farah's words, the Turbo S is blisteringly fast — or "banzai" fast, as he exclaimed several times throughout the video. After starting the segment with a 750-horsepower launch-control start, he proceeds to slither almost silently through a winding mountain road in Los Angeles County. Several times in the video he's at a loss for words, or concentrating a bit too much to continue talking, which is a good sign for speed freaks who feel the Taycan needs to make up for a lack of an engine note with maximum velocity. If this One Take is any indication, it seems like that's exactly what the Taycan Turbo S does.

During the drive Farah uses 40% of the battery over the 17-drive at what look like high speeds, and he manages to raise the battery temperature to about 115° F, about 25° above its ideal operating temperature. Another interesting bit he mentions is how the lack of an engine note makes it tougher to gauge corner entry speed, which requires more focus from him. Watch the video above to get his full opinion.

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