Porsche Taycan debuts with 750 hp for Turbo S range-topper

The EV can launch to 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds and tops out at 161 mph.

Porsche has finally given the Taycan a full unveiling at simultaneous events in three different countries.

The all-electric sedan is viewed as the first real competitor to the Tesla Model S in terms of performance, range and price, serving as a technology showcase for Volkswagen Group's highly profitable sports-car brand.

The flagship Taycan Turbo S package generates up to 761 PS (750 horsepower) and 1,049 Nm (774 pound-feet) of torque delivered to all four wheels during brief 'Overboost' launches, propelling the sedan to 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds with a top speed of 161 mph.

Porsche did not trump the Tesla Model S Performance, which accelerates to 60 mph in 2.4 seconds and reaches 163 mph. The German performance EV is claimed to be a true track-capable vehicle that avoids slashing power output in the middle of a lap as the battery heats up.

The Taycan Turbo steps down to 671 horsepower but achieves a longer range of 280 miles according to the WLTP test cycle, versus 256 miles for the quicker Turbo S. The Turbo's range spec will likely drop to around 250 miles for the US EPA standard.

An 800-volt battery architecture supports rapid charging, bringing the module from five to 80 percent in just 22.5 minutes. The Performance Plus battery has a capacity of 93.4 kWh.

The most affordable Taycan is expected to be priced around the Panamera, which starts around $86,000. The Turbo and Turbo S variants fetch a significant premium, with respective base prices of $153,310 and $187,610.

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