Taycan Turbo S: $219,580
Naturally, I’ve gone with the Porsche Taycan Turbo S, because it’s fantastic. I like that Porsche allows owners to get really tacky with the design, and while ostentatious Carmine Red wheels is definitely fun, my personal Taycan should be a little classier. I’ve selected Gentian Blue paint and the gorgeous 21-inch Taycan Exclusive Design wheels, which wear Satin Aurum paint on the aero inserts. The pale gold shade is used just liberally enough to present a really pleasant contrast with the rich, blue paint.
Other exterior touches includes the $5,660 SportDesign Package with carbon-fiber accents, because I like a bit of tinsel on my super EV, and then deleted the Taycan Turbo S badge from the back, because it goes a bit too far. I’d also pay $900 to get paint the carbon-ceramic-brake calipers painted in black, because the no-cost yellow would clash with the wheels.
In the cabin, I selected the $2,450 Olea Club leather in Basalt Black and Atacama Beige, mainly because it looks to scatter more Satin Aurum trim throughout the interior. It’s on the steering wheel spokes and climate control vents and ties the interior together with the exterior’s most eye-catching element. I opted for the 14-way chairs because you can spend a further $1,150 and get ventilation and a massage function.
I also opted for the $4,340 Premium Package (blind-spot monitoring, a surround-view camera, and noise/thermally insulated glass). This package also includes a panoramic glass roof, although that particular item is required on every first-year Taycan. The more attractive, lighter double-bubble roof will be available next year.
Functional upgrades include the must-have Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport. At $3,590, it’s not cheap, but the effect of active anti-roll bars along with the Turbo S’ standard rear-wheel steering guarantees an electric sedan that can drive rings around the most agile Teslas. I’ve also grabbed Porsche’s excellent InnoDrive system ($3,610) and the $5,810 Burmester audio system.