- Jul 30, 2021
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- WA, USA
- 2 x Tesla Model S, TTCT ordered
I think I know what you're saying, but the point is not whether the gearbox is an unnecessary splurge "to make it drive like a Porsche", but whether or not it actually takes away from the performance of the car (due to weight and shift delays), or at the very least is an less than ideal solution to some set of problems.My response was ‘tongue in cheek’. It wasn’t supposed to be taken seriously. But there is a serious point to be made and that’s this.
Porsche build sports cars and although the Taycan isn’t a sports thoroughbred it’s from the same stable and this will guide the creation of their products.
Every Porsche can stop from 60 in half the time that it takes to reach it. Is it necessary for a Turbo S to reach a standstill from 60 in less than half the time that it takes a basic RWD model? No, of course not, but that’s what Porsche do.
So, is it necessary for a Taycan that’s doing 130 mph on an autobahn to be able to reach 160 in the blink of an eye? Of course not, but it’s what Porsche do.
As for the range argument, so what? A Model 3 has a far better range and a superior charging infrastructure. It’s also 1/2 to 1/3 of the cost, so if a few extra miles are that important, buy a Tesla.
I do get where the thread is coming from. But when you talk about ‘optimisation’ all a Porsche engineer is going to hear is ‘compromise’.
The Taycan has a two speed gearbox because it makes it drive like a Porsche.
Trying to find an analogy, if you were trying to dig foundations for a building, and someone company said they will dig the whole thing it with a golden shovel - the argument here is not that the shovel made of gold is unnecessary, but that an excavator would do a much better job at it.