Porsche Taycan Makes 408-Mile Journey From Niagara Falls To NYC

Right after its unveiling at Niagara Falls, a blue Porsche Taycan Turbo took off for New York City, embarking on a 408-mile (656 km) drive that featured multiple real world challenges, such as rainy conditions and heavy traffic.

This is also being billed as the first ever road excursion by a production standard fully undisguised Taycan in the United States.

Its first stop was at an Electrify America charging station in Bloomsburg, PA, after having already traveled for 250 miles (405 km).

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At that point, the trip computer indicated that the Porsche EV had 39 miles (62 km) of remaining range, so it was definitely time for some extra juice. The car spent just 24 minutes docked to the charger, in which the battery went from 14% to 85%. After that, the Taycan easily completed the remaining 158 miles (254 km), arriving in New York City for the very first time.

“It’s fantastic to see the Taycan take to the road in its final form for the first time, and to demonstrate its ability to cover big miles in complete comfort,” said Taycan product line VP, Stefan Weckbach. “Of course, many owners will use their Taycan the way a Porsche is designed to be used – to be driven hard. The car is more than up to this challenge. At the moment, this is the one and only Taycan undisguised and on the road in the US. I can’t wait for it to reach customer’s hands and for many more to hit the roads around the world.”

As previously stated, the model used for the trip was the Turbo variant which, unlike the Turbo S, can “only” muster a peak output of 671 HP (680 PS) with Overboost. In a straight line, it can hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3 seconds flat, and 124 mph (200 km/h) in 10.6 seconds. Top speed is 161 mph (260 km/h).

U.S. deliveries for the Porsche Taycan are scheduled to commence in December.

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  • Super Rob

    just 24 minutes docked to the charger” LOL. Standing at a pump for 24 minutes isn’t a short amount of time.

    • mist

      It is the fastest charging electric car so that’s very good.

      • Stephen G

        I think I’d rather wait an extra 30 minutes with my Bolt and keep $120K in my pocket.

        • mist

          I don’t know anyone who would hesitate between a Bolt and a Taycan.
          However, there are faster charging car than the Bolt for a lower price too, just not in the US.

    • Knotmyrealname

      How often do you go on long drives and are busting to get back on the road after a few hours behind the wheel? Most people (and think for a minute, this car’s range and charging time has been researched and implemented by a very thorough team) would have their vehicle being charged at home overnight and utilise it throughout the day and then repeat the cycle. Most people after a long drive want a rest break of some sort, and 24 minutes fits that bill very nicely. If you want to regularly drive cross country (like interstate), then maybe this vehicle isn’t for you. I doubt as a sales rep your boss would let you have it anyway!

    • xrnzaaas

      Yeah we’re probably about a decade away before the EV’s can cover big distances in a single go and not have you worry about charging on the way.

      • Knotmyrealname

        280-odd miles isn’t a big distance? Have you driven 280 miles in one go and then filled up as fast as you can and then driven on? I think you’ll find most people would welcome a break after driving for 4 hours or so.

    • dj_aris

      After 400km of driving don’t you need a 24min break anyway? The real question, is how much did these 24min cost?

    • TheBelltower

      You don’t stand and wait while your car is charging like you do at a pump.

      • Super Rob

        When EV’s are mainstream, people are going to be charging at convenience stores just like they do with gas. Everyone charging in their garage is an absolute myth. When you look at how many people live in apartments, or condo’s, or rent, or have multiple cars, getting a $5k charger isn’t happening. So stopping for half an hour to recharge is holding back EV’s. As soon as battery tech alllows the recharge in 5 minutes like with gas, the entire world will change to EV’s instantly. It will be amazing how fast everything changes.

        • TheBelltower

          Chargers aren’t $5k. They are a few hundred bucks, maybe less, depending on which one you choose. I agree that a 5 minute fuel-up will help justify EV’s in the minds of a lot of people who are used to standing waiting. But I don’t believe that the difference will be as meaningful as people might think. There are charging stations at convenience stores now. But even if I stop at a convenience store to get water or use the bathroom, I don’t use them and they are generally empty. The fueling routine for EV’s is entirely different than gas cars. Whether it takes 5 minutes or fifty minutes, there is no need to stand and wait. And the gas station-style routine is one that I never want to go back to. (though I’ll admit, I do still own ICE cars too) I believe that one day, the gas station as we know them today, will be a nostalgic memory. Once EV’s become common, the EV-charging process will become an opportunity to create more pleasant experiences for car owners than a convenience store offers.

          • Super Rob

            Even at $500, you need one for you, wife, teens. Convenience stores are not going to give up their business. Right now the recharging is a different experience and that is why EV’s are small sellers. When they get to 5 minutes then every convenience store will have them and people will go about their business just like they do now. All the government installed chargers will be removed as no one uses them.

          • TheBelltower

            I have two EV’s and only one charger. I have another charger in a box that I thought I’d need, but don’t. A five minute charge will definitely open up the possibility of owning an EV to those who can’t charge at home.

          • Super Rob

            Looking at how computer speeds changed from my youth in the 80’s to a point where no one even cares. I see the recharge times doing the same. Plus with recharging you can pull over a plate and not even get out of the car. The future will have some nice transportation options.

  • I’M ALREADY LOSING INTEREST IN THIS. I’LL BE MORE INTERESTED ONCE CARS ARE IN THE HANDS OF REVIEWERS.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Honestly I thought that was a picture of the 992 at first

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    take that Model S

    • TheBelltower

      Take what? This would have been easier for the model S since the range is much better.

      • Rahul Mandala

        But the Taycan had no issue completing the trip, though.

        • TheBelltower

          That’s no great accomplishment… it’s a car.

          • Rahul Mandala

            Same can be said for the Model S then. You said that the trip would be much simpler for the Model S due to it having more range and while you aren’t wrong on that, I was saying that the Taycan had no problem completing the trip. I never said that the Taycan completing was great accomplishment. It’s not just a car, its a great car at that, at least I feel that.

    • Shtekeris

      You do realise this car probably exists as a result of Model S success

      • Knotmyrealname

        Correct. In fact we would be still hoping for some EVs with ‘attitude’ if it wasn’t for Tesla. Love them or loathe them, Tesla shook up the automotive world. For the better in my opinion.

  • TrevP

    I like it

  • Knotmyrealname

    What about it? Can the car drive 1500kms?
    Can your current car do this in one go? Would you want to? Put on your nappy/daiper and off you go!
    Let us know how you get on.

  • Pissed Canuck

    Take that Tesla.

  • Stephen G

    Too bad this car isn’t something anybody is ever going to see. They will end up sitting in a finished 5 car garage under a cover like most Porsches. At least you see allot of Teslas on the road.

    • Rahul Mandala

      30,000 people that down reservations beg to differ. Porsche will continue to build the Taycans and sell more of them.

      • Stephen G

        I’m sure. Jerry Seinfeld is probably clearing space in the back of his garage for a couple of them as we speak. I can see headlines now…”Jerry Seinfeld, 103 ,Passed Away Today. Up for auction is his 2020 Taycan Turbo with 258 miles on the odometer.”

        • SD38439

          I don’t think you understand the car industry. The Taycan is not a limited model, it won’t be rare and there will be no reason to hoard them like a limited supercar/hypercar (which is what you seem to be thinking of); especially once the cheaper models are released. People buy Porsches to drive them. Porsche is not Tesla — they can actually build and deliver cars, therefor there is no shortage of them, and they are not exactly rare to see on the roads in the USA.

    • botornot387

      im not sure where you live but here in Socal Porsche’s are a pretty regular sight. And I am totally okay with not seeing an abundant amount of them. They stay exclusive. There is nothing exclusive about a Tesla.

      • Stephen G

        “Exclusive” and “pretty regular sight” are a contradiction of terms. They can’t be both.

        • botornot387

          Not really, we have a high concentration of affluent people and nearly the largest amount of sales of Porsche models anywhere. Doesn’t mean they are any less exclusive. Tesla’s are not exclusive as they want and seek and sell in high volume, comparatively. I meant in terms of people just buying for their garage. Most Porsche’s are not ultra exclusive 911 GT2 RS models. You see your average Macan, Cayenne, or 911 base regularly. No one is garaging those models out of sight.

    • SD38439

      Umm what? I’m in the midwest and I see Porsches year-around all of the time. I think I’ve seen maybe 5-10 Teslas here in my entire life… And I’m near a Tesla dealership.

  • Porkopolis

    Bots are most evident when reading comments in stories that somehow relate to Tesla. See below.

    • Rahul Mandala

      You say something about a Model S and the white knights will come out. Even if you praise the Taycan only and not mention the Model S, the Tesla fanboys will come out defending it like crazy.

  • SteersUright

    Besides the hideous front end with its horribly ugly bumper and headlights, the rest of this car has really nice proportions.

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