Steve Cropley: No hyperbole is enough for the Porsche Taycan Car News

This week Cropley has nothing but praise for the Porsche Taycan and had its hulls warmed up by Rolls-Royce.


The omnipresent risk in this journalistic racket is that you tend to cry wolf. There is a constant risk of you over-praising it, so when something truly mind-blowing comes along – like the base £ 80,000, spring-suspension Porsche Taycan – you just don’t know how to raise it. above. everything else. This is my position now. Just spent five days there and really think it’s the best thing I’ve ever driven.

This four-door electric vehicle instantly looks like a Porsche. Not just a Porsche, in fact, but the best of Porsches. It is almost affordable, but its peculiarity and quality are communicated with each turn of the steering wheel or with each press of a switch. Or every time one of its wheels hits a crater of asphalt. Its seats fit perfectly even in my odd setting. The haste of its turns erases any worries you might have about weight. The accuracy of his answers has repeatedly encouraged me to take the long way home – which is easy because with the extra capacity battery it can go 300 miles on one charge. There must be reasons beyond general impunity for not owning this car, but right now I can’t think of one.


A funny press release comes in, from all places, from the organizers of the Nürburgring Nordschleife, a place I have always identified with a deadly serious driving style, time trial and not much frivolity. It appears organizers are concerned that adrenaline-pumped drivers will exceed the 30mph speed limit on surrounding public roads once they leave the circuit.

However, instead of waving their fingers ineffectively, they pointed to the salutary case of the berserk Walter Arnold, the first registered “high speed motorist” in Europe, who in 1896 drove his horse-less carriage through the Paddock. Wood (oddly close to today’s Brands Hatch) at a breakneck speed of 8 mph, four times the speed limit at the time. Obey the limit, say the management of The ‘Ring, or risk the fate of Crazy Walter, who has been chased by a policeman on a bicycle and fined one shilling. At the time, they tell us, it was a lot of money.


Even in the midst of my Porker euphoria, I’m pretty sorry for reader Gerald Braid, who bought a 2020.5-spec Toyota RAV4 late last year, complete with the space-saving spare tire, jack and wrench whose he decided he needed security on long trips around the country. Initially he was thrilled when Toyota decided to deliver a 2021 edition instead, but very soon he found out that the last model did not come with said spare part and these tools, and that he would have to fork out. £ 670 extra to get them.

No one told him this until the car arrived, so you can see exactly why he’s feeling a little scorching. And it hardly helped that the only remedy offered by its dealer was to point out that in the UK people have on average only one flat tire every 10 years. I mean, who said his decade wouldn’t be over tomorrow? Toyota generally doesn’t make such dismal blunders with customer service; maybe he will correct this one.

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